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Hi guys, I was wondering if I can get some tips on painting my dreads (I have one, and getting another soon). I'm feeling pretty intimidated at the prospect of painting it, since I want to do a good job, since the two of them will likely be the focal points of my army (salamanders), and would appreciate any and all tips on how to do this well.
Also, what is a good way to make it look old? I was thinking of painting it a slightly lighter shade than the rest of my army. I guess I want it to look aged, but in good repair.
dont worry about it. your first dread can be a bit intimidating but its not any more difficult than a unit of marines or anything else. infact i find dreads to be among the easiest things to paint. just do one thing at a time and it will all come together.
if you want to make it old you can take a file and make notches in the armor and scratches. you're playing salamanders? so you could use some brown wash to add some age too it. dont worry too much about messing up on it. dreadnaughts are big and hard to screw up with just paint.
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Here's what you do...
Give your dread a black undercoat.
Then a basecoat of Knarloc Green.
Then give them a medium/heavy drybrush of Goblin Green, using Scorpion Green to make highlights.
I typically use silver metallics with a black wash
for weapons to give them a good contrast.
Hope thsi helps. Remeber thin your paints and take your time.
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Thanks for the tips guys. In my rather fuzzy recollections of painting (haven't picked up a brush in 5ish years), I think drybrushing might help me achieve a worn look that I'm going for. Am I on the right track here? Or just go with normal highlights and shading?
if you're intimidated by painting something, consider getting a painting lesson at your local GW for it. (Though if you're a good painter, i can understand why you wouldn't)
One of the first models i painted was my nightbringer. I was intimidated by the model, so i took it to GW, got a redshirt to help me paint it and tell me what to do, and it turned out brilliant.
Thanks for the idea Khaine, I think I might try and do that.