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So, I'm prepping for a long run of alot of model building, and I decided I'd test out some new ways of painting my color scheme. Its a Chestnut color base, blue carapace, and all the rest for a basic idea.
Here are two gaunts (fixed pics up), the top is painted in the original method, the bottom is in the 'advanced' or 'new' method.
1. Original Method
- Base coat with GW Chestnut Ink (Or 50/50 Vallejo Red Leather and Mahogany, cover with GW Flesh Wash)
- Red on the ribby/joint/fleshy areas
- Bone white on the weapon, teeth
- Royal Blue on the Carapace, Claws, Hooves
- Green is a heavy-yellow mix with blue
- GW Flesh Wash applied to all red, green and bone white areas, applied to carapace but rubbed off along the edges before it can dry, deepening only the inner areas.
- Carapace Striping applied with fan brush; Shadow Grey and Codex Grey
- Gloss varnish applied to carapace, teeth, claws, hooves, fleshy parts of weapons
- Matte Varnish applied to everything else
2. Advanced/Alternate (Replacement for when inks run out) Method
- Base Coat with 50/50 Vallejo Red Leather/Mahogany
- Drybrush highlight coat of Gold-Brown (Vallejo)
- Red on ribby/joint/fleshy areas
- Bone White on teeth, weapon
- Carapace/Claws/hooves Royal Blue
- Green=Yellow (80%) Blue (20%) mix
- Vallejo Skin Wash applied over entire mini, except for teeth, rubbed off of Royal Blue edges
- Carapace Striping (Shadow/Codex Grey)
- Devlan Mud wash applied to Teeth (Possibly going to black wash?)
- Gloss coat on teeth, carapace, hooves, weapon fleshy areas, claws.
So, now, I need opinions. How do these all look? What can I do to make the schemes line up more? I'm thinking about sticking with the flesh wash on the bone-white areas simply because the red of the Skin Wash overpowers the bone so much.
But other than that, anything?
Last edited by Zeewulf; August 27th, 2008 at 16:28. Reason: replaced images
Fixed pictures up. As I said, I'm really leaning towards using the old method for the weapons and green parts, and sticking with the new method for everything else.
I like the dry brushing on the red'ish areas you can realy pick out the details expecialy on his arm and tail. For the bleached bone areas, maybe dry brush them with bleached bone again after you ink them just to pick out the raised areas even more. I'd even say that for some og the other areas, but I'm a perfectionist when I paint normal models take me hours to paint lol. They look great, if you like how they're turning out then go with it
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Ahh, well, thank you much!
I don't know how I feel about drybrushing the bone...I guess I'll just have to see if it works, eh?
One more question to add on, though I hate double posting: Are there any suggestions that anyone has to improve upon or change up this general scheme? Ways I can improve it, make it better, make it seem more painted well as opposed to "Hey, he painted the models at least..."?
Personally, I'd like to see more contrast between the carapace and the skin. In Method 2, I think the skin color and the gun color are much too close, they blend together.
BTW, I just picked up 120 tyranids, so I may be posting some test schemes here too.
How would you suggest contrasting more?
The only issue I'd have with a major change to the scheme is that I've got 36 gaunts, 6 warriors, 1 carnifex, 2 zoanthropes, 8 genestealers and 1 Biovore already painted up in the standard scheme (The very top one)
Last edited by Zeewulf; August 28th, 2008 at 16:25.
Hmmm, in that case, you can certainly pick out the teeth in a lighter bone color, edge the carapace in a slighly lighter color (ultramarine blue, lightning blue?) and maybe edge the gun in bone too. that would give a little more definition to the hard edges
I was trying to find a replacement for chestnut ink too and i found that the P3 Brown ink is really close. Might be a tiny bit stronger than chestnut but its the best that i can find. There is also VMC Woodgrain but thats a lot more red.
Hope it helps mate.
Hmm...well, Iffy, I just did a new gaunt up, and gave a mixed scheme a shot. I know its not what you suggested, but I finished him before I saw that post.......What do you think of this:
I think I shoulda hit his arm with another wash-coat. I'm going to do that, and other parts of his body, right now...
And thanks, Cone....you wouldn't have happened to have a good flesh wash replacement, would you?
Last edited by Zeewulf; August 28th, 2008 at 22:02.