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Ok for my dwarves they are going to be very metal based and this sucks because for the cannons and things i cant paint them
So does anyone have a decent way of painting metals?
I normally just spray black and drybrush boltgun metal...but rather than a black ish metal i want a stunning metal
Like one metal as the base colour and one as a highlight...
BASE - boltgun metal
HIGHLIGHT - mithril silver?
LO's main site has a link to a True Metalics painting guide. Maybe take a look at that and see if that's the type of metal u want
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Mithril Silver will certainly highlight Boltgun Metal. If you want even more layers you could put Chainmail in between those two.
I don't know if this is what you're meaning to do, but you could perhaps wash your metallics with a blue of some sort. If done right this would make the Dwarfs' equipment look very sleek and polished. It sounds like you don't want that dirty, brownish look.
Silver should really be washed with black, it shades really well. A mix of Boltgun Metal and Chaos Black to begin, add a bit of Boltgun to highlight, leaving the first mix in the deepest recesses. Was with Badab Black, then highlight the raised edges with Mithril Silver.
Yeah, if you're going to wash silver, use a black wash, with maybe a bit of blue wash mixed in for a blued steel effect. A straight blue wash tends to turn it into blue metal rather than blue tinted steel.
You may want to water the wash down a bit too, so it doesn't turn things too dark.
Try things out on a test model first - all the advice in the world is less helpful than simply experimenting on your own.
I dont have any black wash, i'll pick some up tommorow and give it a go
Blackwashing silver kind of defeats the whole idea behind "stunning" metallics doesn't it? I would think so at any rate. For stunning metallics, I can only assume that you mean bright and vivid, so I'll recommend my formula for those:
Basecoat: dark silver
Mid highlight: straight silver
Highlights: light silver
Light spots: white silver
This should give you popping metallics, and even though the forumla is for silver, it can be used for most any metallic color. Just remember to darkline where the metals come together in lines so as to seperate them and make them stand out.
My two bits.
Sorry, you are right. I should've said that if you did use some Asurmen Blue on it or something, use just a little bit to tint it basically. You wouldn't be dousing it in that. Done right though, it can look pretty sweet.
This is along the same lines as the earlier question...
When painting metals (and trying to do a nice job with highlights etc), how does one
avoid always getting the harsh reflections?
I am trying to do true metals and it is mostly working out, but when i look at the miniature, to paint it, I can't see the highlights (or lowlights properly) they all just merge into one big patch of shiny reflections.
(this isn't a problem if I paint in the shade, but then I am painting in shade and can't see the miniature properly anyway)
Right now all I am doing is trusting my judgement and hoping that the blends are smooth and highlights aren't overdone.
I haven't painted with metalics for a couple of years now and this is a new problem for me since trying them again.
I once painted my friend's highborn, and for the blade, I wanted a sort of aged, powerful look, as if he was holding an ancient relic. So, I drybrushed it in gold, then put a half-layer of silver on, such that it was unevenly coated, and it turned out really well.
Naturally, if you want something new, or something that looks new, because it's magically infused or something, do a thin layer of gold, then of silver.
Like Kuffy said, Allonairre, a quick black wash'll do you fine.