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I know there must be a million topics on this already but honestly I couldn't find any with the search.
Is there a tutorial or discussion somewhere were they discuss how to effectively paint Robes/fabrics
The shadding used, etc...
I'm thinking of lets say the Robes on a Dark Angel... so whites mostly. If anyone knows of a similar discussion could you just link it?
Thanks a bundle!
There is a tutorial on how to do Deathwing style robes on the GW website. As the main one is down (at least for me, I believe they are changing servers), here is a link from an old GW Australia site:
I haven’t tried it but it looks like a solid method.
I recently painted some dark brown robes (which you can see here ([Tale of Painters] sovietspace's Dark Angels)). To do that I simply basecoated it with Calthan Brown foundation paint, and then used Snakebite Leather followed by Graveyard Earth for the highlights. I also painted Dark Flesh in the recesses to add some shading. Its not overly complicated but its simple and it worked for me...
Hope that helps mate!
Usually what I will do when painting robes is start with a mid color and then wash it with a darker color. The darker wash will gravitate to the folds in the cloak and create your darkest shade. Then I go back with thinned down paint and starting with the base color I will paint the raised areas of the cloak. I keep mixing in lighter colors and painting smaller and smaller areas of the raised parts of the cloak until I am happy with the look.
Base coat of Burnt Cadmium Red (vallejo model color)
Wash with brown ink
re-paint the fold areas with Burnt Cadmium Red
Using thinned paint I will then start highlighting first with next lighter red (scab red I think), all the way up to bloody red.
Think of the folds like a topographic map. Each highlight takes up a little less area of the fold until you have a little strip for the final highlight. If you keep your paint thin enough the layers will blend together nicely.
I just did black cloth that turned out pretty well. I base coated chaos black, did a 50:50 mix of chaos black and codex grey (it's frustrating the codex grey is as dark as GW greys get) then did the extreme highlights in codex grey. While this last highlight is still wet, I applied watered-down codex grey by drawing from the highlight down. This has the effect of blending the highlights because, as said in the article, the water cuts the opacity of the paint. Finally, I applied the black wash (can't remember the name) to further blend the highlights.
I think that shadow grey is a little bit darker than codex grey but the blue is very obvious. On black cloth, a hint of blue is good, adds depth, but that much is over the top IMO. Maybe a wash in asurmen blue but nothing else
It depends on what kind of robe it is. If it has really deep folds and warps, try a wash, and then highlight the raised areas, because you're painting white, you can just re-apply the basecoat. If the cloak is very smooth, with very smooth folds, then you'll either have to blend, or if you're a novice, try layering. Always remember that you're painting white, and don't have to highlight. Don't paint grey, then highlight in white, because you'd have painted grey and not white.
What about dry brushing? I am about to paint my new Eldar Farseer and his robe has lots of large swoops, not sharp folds. I was wondering if drybrushing is a better way to get the highlights on robes such as this as opposed to layering. Thoughts?
Not to mention you end up with a stronger contrast from drybrushing as you are really only applying 2 colors (if you are applying more than 2 colors then you might as well layer anyway as that is a key advantage to drybrushing [speed]).
Thanks for the tips guys
I guess maybe when layering I wasn't watering down my paints enough. As a result I was getting a blochy sloppy look.