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I'm painting the old Egrimm Van Horstman model and have completed it except for his sword.
I'd like to do something different and interesting, anyone have any tips for painting fantasy magic weapons?
I pick basic colors like... blue, red, green... and blend them going to the tip, making it lighter and lighter to the very tip white. Or even put ligtning going threw it with a black or dark silver back color.
Tomb Kings, Marines, Eldar
Paint it metal as usual but shade whith coloured inks, blending one into another?
Up, up and away!
I paint my power weapons in a 'magical' kind of way.
I use layering technques like Zora Blade mentioned. Starting with a dark colour at the hilt and working towards a lighter shade of that colour as you near the edge.
Layering works by mixing colours together to make your original colour slowly become brighter/darker/a different colour entirely. It MUCH easier to do when working on a pallate and when you line your paints up infront of yourself. You can then see the big jumps in colour and can thus mix as required to smooth the transition.
Below you can see an example of layering from dark to light blue, this one is a slow transition.
This time the transition is a quicker one, so mainly the areas close to the hilt are dark and it rapidly turns to the brighter colour. The edge and tip of the blade are painted in the brightest colour.
I have used a similar effect on the axe heads on these terminators below, but instead of going from one dark to light shade of a single colour I have gone from red, through orange into yellow. This is easy to do when mixing colours together to bridge the gaps in the range.
Both of the below tutorials on coolminiornot can be used if you want to blend your magical weapon to great a (even) smoother effect.
Blending Force Swords