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I've been thinking about setting up a small Space Marine force to complement my Imperal Guard in terms of fluff and to give me another army to have at my disposal.
I've not started painting either my Guard or Marines yet, but I'm thinking of going for a black scheme with red trim and detail, but what I want to know is how to paint black well.
The majority of the models are going to be black, so how do I make it so that it doesn't just look like a flat basecoat, as with other colours its easy to build up layers with highlights etc, but how do you do this with black?
Thank's in advance for your help!
but you could also try layering a dark grey coat over a primer of chaos black and then build up the layers adding very small amounts of codex gray and spread the highlighting toward the edges...if that makes sense. see if that guide helps at all
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Carefully drybrushing white on specific edges is how I go about it with my Black Templar. I find that is the only way to get realistic lighting without the effect looking "painted-on". But if you like that traced outline look, go for the layered greys.
I use the following method:
Heavy Coat of watered down Charadon Granite
Highlight with Adeptus Battlegrey.
Extreme Highlight with Astronomicon Grey.
Wash 1-2x with Badab Black wash.
It works very well for me, and unlike many other methods, it's very simple. I hope this helps you.
Thanks for all the replys guys! I've bookmarked both the tutorials and will give them ago! Cheers again!
This is the most useful tutorial about painting black I have found... it was really helpful to me.
Painting black - by misterfinn
When painting black, I suggest to use pure black just for the deepest recesses (after all, you can't shade black)... everything else should be dark grey (don't use too much grey or your model will look... grey).
Black areas are defined primarily by the highlight... I usually highlight black adding Bleached Bone (for "natural" black), Shadow Grey (for "metallic" black), or Codex Gray (for "neutral" black).
Here are some models of mine where I used these techniques... hope this helps!
Eldar Fire Dragons