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Hello all, I am planning to make my first winged Hive Tyrant, and I have no idea how to paint the "membrane" part of the wing. I am planning to paint it so that it seems see through, as though the skin is stretched really tight. All answers will be appreciated.
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this might seem a little out of left field but a way occures to me for you to have transparent wings. why not simply harvest some transparent colored plastic from say a two liter of mountain due, clean it, and cut it up and replace the wing membrain (or the hole wing) with some appropeitly shaped peices. you'll have real transperent wings pre-tinted. the bottle is pre-curved just cut out six ovals and overlap three on each side i bet you'de get a good effect (mabye line some green stuff on the upper edge of each peice for some muscle / smooth attachment).
To me it sounds as if the wings are not see-through but solid and you want to make them look as if they are see-trough. Am I right? If not my advice will be quite useless...
Paint them white, add some very light blue to it, add just a pinch more blue when you get close to the bone-part of the wings.
Next step would be to give them a layer of Gloss varnish.
Once the gloss has dried, apply a very thin layer of purple, followed by gloss once dry.
Next a very thin layer of green, then gloss.
Blue then gloss.
As the layers of paint should be really thin you really should practice on some other piece of quite flat plastic first.
If there are recesses in the membrane then those could be given a slightly stronger (yet very thin) touch of blue. A tad darker than the other blue, the one you use for the rest of the wings.
Hope it helps.