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i probably sound really stupid but i honestly dont have a clue what like highlights, shading or highlighting is i get the concept of highlighting but i have no idea of how to do it as any attempt at it so far has been awful and looks nothing like the standard of the heavy metal team which is what i aspire to as i am starting a army of red corsairs i was wodering how do i make the models highlighted so they are not just one straight colour essentially like my space marines and imperial guard which look quite dull i have already based them black and for the red mechrite red as it had a thing on them in wd333 i think, it also told me highlighting colours but as i explained i dont know what or how to do this?
please can some one help me understand these things
Hmk, there are quite a few ways to create highlights and shading on models, I'll name off a couple that I personally find useful.
Also, the Heavy Metal team are professional painters, i admire your aspirations. Don't let yourself get discouraged though it'll take a lot of practice to get up to that level.
I usually cheat for shading by just basing my models black and letting that fill in the crevasses. Then add the base colors over that. Another way is to use inks or washes, these sink into the low spaces and dry there.
Highlights often are easiest gottenby dry-brushing a lightened variant of the base color on the very edges oh a model. you can lighten paints by adding just a touch of white. The reverse is true with darkening and adding a bit of black.
A strong, but time-consuming way to get impressive lighting effects on a model, is layering.
Start with a darkened version of the color, coat the areas that you want to be this color. Then work your way up to lighter colors, keep the deeper recesses of the model dark, and add thin layers on top of that until you've worked up to near-white on the VERY edges.
Thanks now i understand layering i may have an attempt on a cloak or something also what would be the easiest way to highlight a spacemarine as ive seen painting guides in wd but it has it basecoated in mordian blue but mine are in black then plain ultramarines what coour would you use fr the highlight and would you drybrush or paint along the rims of the armour?
OKay. I don't know about anyone else, but if I put myself in a new hobbyist's shoes, I would not understand a word of that.
So I'll rephrase that for you.
Shading basically means that next to your base colour (say for example a vibrant Green), there is a darker shade of that colour in the cracks and crevasses. To accomplish that, You can do one of few things:
-Start painting with the darker colour, then paint on the lighter base colour over that, leaving the darker colour showing in the creases,
-Paint with your base colour and when dry, give the area a coat of a Wash (a very watery sort of paint) as that will pool in the crevasses and give the illusion of shade and shadow.
-Start with your base colour, and paint the darker colour into the crevasses.
Highlighting is essentially the effect of light reflecting off raised areas of the model. You may have noticed on the 'Eavy Metal Team's models that next to the base colour, there is a lighter shade of that painted onto the raised areas and edges.
To achieve this you can either:
-Paint the base colour onto the whole area, then with a lighter shade of that colour, paint the highlights onto the mini,
-Paint with the lighter colour and give the model a wash, which will pool in the crevasses (giving you the shading effect) and will leave the raised areas the lighter colour.
This model was painted with an equal mix of Snot Green and Scorpion Green, then washed with Thraka Green and then Badab Black.
And this mini was painted Dark Angels Green (the darker colour for shading) and highlighted with a mix of Snot and Scorpion Greens and then further highlighted by Snot Green by painting the highlights on.
Hope this helps.
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For the armor edges I suggest dry-brushing so you don't overdo it, and if you find yourself needing more highlight, just give it another drybrush.
Red corsairs, will those have red or gold/sliver trim? For the most part, space marine armor is a matte colour so you should use less highlight, a very slightly lightened red would work (just take a bit of red, and mix about 1/4 as much white in with it. Make sure not to mix with a brush though, tooth-pics are good) Do the opposite (black) for a tad bit of shading. If you don't want to mix, just get multiple tones of red (dark, medium and light) and layer with those.
BTW, no need to berate yourself for questions like this, ya gotta learn it somewhere And welcome to LO.
cheers both of you i shall now paint a couple of minis and see what they turn out like and will post pics later when im done thanks very much youve helped me out a lot though the real embarassing thing is ive bin doin this for 5 almost 6 years since i was 10 but i spose i didnt reallly uderstand it then but hopefully my results will be good
right but how do you apply the highlights thats not a drybrushing way as i tried without drybrushing and it just sort of ruined the model so i repainted it back up as it says to use blood red but that was too bright and i dont think my mechrite red gives out the same colour as its shows in wd then i tried the other way but i couldnt get the right colour
sorry to be so much of a pain i just would really like my models to look really well painted rather than like what i would of done several years ago slap on one or two colours bang someone done
Mechrite red is a good base colour. But it needs a layer of something else on top of it, really. Base the model mechrite red, and then go over it with a lighter red (I'm not sure what you would use for Corsairs - Scab red perhaps?). You can leave some mechrite in the areas you want to be darker although it is a very matte colour and may look odd. Then, you can do the highlights - although i'd recommend a tone darker of red. Blood red looks very bright next to the other reds. You can tone it down with some red gore or even some mechrite.
Washes are also a godsend. Try out Baal Red, Devlan Mud or Badab Black depending on what sort of red you want to achieve.
i dont think im really cut out to paint well i dont seem to have like the eye for it nor the hands becasue i know what i want to acheive and i know how to do it it just doesnt work ever so i may jus go back to my boring old armies and maybe attempt my tomb king
A couple of tips.
In addition, please use punctuation in your posts, its difficult to read and its forum rules.
- No one is a brilliant painter to begin with. Everyone starts as a beginner and has to learn to paint. Practice and exploration of new techniques will help advance your skills, but dont expect results over night!
- Do not give up. Admitting defeat will mean you will never overcome your problem.
- Use the forum community to assist the growth of your skills. Posting pictures of your current work and asking others to critque them will help spot weak areas in your skills. No one will be mean, and there is always some better at painting.
To paint highlights without drybrushing you need a sharp brush and little paint on the bristles. The model needs to be steady and secure and your hand needs to be still.
I frequently blutak models to objects, to make them easier to hold, and I also cross my hands so they touch at the wrist and place both my elbows on my desk, this way Ive got a steadier base to paint with.