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Need some advice on how to paint white armor. I want to paint my Sisters white armor/regal blue trim. Not sure on robe colors yet but I want gold iconography. In any case, I can't get the white armor to look smooth, it seems to lack any depth. Any washes I have tried just don't seem to give decent results. Its frustrating painting and stripping 8 test figs repeatedly. Any advice you guys have would be great. So far I have been priming white, and have been tempted to try priming black and working the white up but don't know how that would work out.
Look up Dr. Faust on the web. He has a section on painting white armor (his model is a Sister too). I used his method on mine and it looks good. My color scheme is similar to yours. Regal blue armor/gold trim, and white cloth/hair/gloves.
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OK - white armour
basically assume you are gonna paint it largely very light grey.
Use a wet pallet (you know what one is?)
Under coat white or grey primer
base coat with a medium grey
(optional: thin wash with very thined black ink or better still Valjero smoke)
put some of the gray base coat on the wet pallet. mix in a little lighter grey or even white t lighten the colour a little
layer it onto the gray, covering most of the base coat (note the coat should be very thined)
Alow to dry
(optional: repeat a second time with the same colour)
add a little more lighter grey or white and repeat covering a little less of the figure each time and mixing your way through to white
The wet pallet allows you to keep your paint thin, which you need, and stops your colour from drying on the pallet whilst it drys on the figure
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the best way i find to paint white armour is to start with codex grey , then work my way up to fortress, then wash with black ink to get the joints and creveses , after that space wolves grey with white highlights . its light enough to look more white than grey and its dark enough for highlights .
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I prefer more of the bluish greys like shadow grey or spacewolf grey.
But whatever colours you use the paint must be very thin otherwise it looks chalky and drybrushed.
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I hardly use any grays or any thing just cakes up my models and looses detail... so for my Grey knight termys (white knights, not silver) I sprayed white... and put codex grey *or similar color* in the cracks only (whatâ€™s the point of putting grey on something thatâ€™s going to be white any how) cracks meaning messily putting it on... leaving the main areas still spray white. Then I dry brushed white... turned out really well... to get detail on parts you got too much white in just use superbly watered down black ink, so it looks like dish water... umm thatâ€™s about it
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