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I've got a Vorlon fleet for the Babylon 5 tabletop game and I'm stuggling to think of a way to paint it successfully. You see Vorlons have this very nasty snake skin like texture on their ships which are roughly the same scale as BFG...
Do the models have actual scales? If so, you could try looking up guides to painting Dark Elf Cold Ones. I've never done it, personally.
If it's a smooth surface model that's supposed to LOOK like scales, I'm sorry to say you'll have to paint them in one...at...a...time. Kinda like the holofields on Eldar Harlequins. There's no "simple" way to do them either, really.
What about using a sponge to paint it. I'm sure you would be able to make a texture close to that.
Yes I agree. I would recommend either a flat brush or round bigger brush (not detail) and stiple on the lighter color onto a solid basecoat of the darker color.
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I third the use of a sponge. They use it on pottery at my apprenticeship, and it looks to achieve the desired effect.
Yeah, sponge might work... kind of remind me of a sort of faux marble painting technique people use sometimes. They use a sea sponge - it's all uneaven and 'nobbly', not flat and even like a pan scrubber sponge. You want something very uneven I think - if you can't find one you could try getting a bath sponge and chop chunks out of it with a knife or something, I guess.
I guess if I was doing this I might try sponging on a foundation paint over a black background, then I might shade up the coloured splodges with lighter shades and maybe then do a wash to tie them all together?
I'd love to see the results, let me know...