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Im new so please relax. Im painting my Warhammer Empire army in green and yellow, as they are the colours of my province(not stirland my real province) and im having difficulty, I have already painted several miniatures clothes snot green and golden yellow, however looking at it, it looks like its missing something. So what I did was washed black ink over the green and flesh wash over the yellow on one model, and then tried to drybrsh some golden yellow overtop, then tried drybrushing overtop of that with the lighter sunburst yellow, so it would look more golden. Im so so on the results the folds in the clothing that are yellow sorta look black and not realistic. where as with the green the clothes now appear rather shiny, yet too dark. Any ideas on how I can fix this blunder and how I should go about painting the rest of my army that I havnt started yet. Further more if anybody has good ideas on painting armour and weapons im all ears, I am trying one method from a GW book, which is painting it chainmail, then highlighting it with mithril but I cant see a difference.
From your picture I think the yellow looks pretty good. If you don't like the color of the shading you get from the flesh wash you could try Ogryn Flesh or Gryphonne Sepia washes and see if those work for you.
The black wash over the green, maybe try a lighter starting color - Goblin Green perhaps? Also, the shininess can come from the wash - instead of putting it over the whole area try painting it on the specific areas you want shaded.
Metals are pretty easy - get a good coat of paint on the area you want done and then give it a good wash with Badab Black. You can go back and highlight when that's done or just leave it as is.
Hope some of that was helpful.
What about putting a little white around or a lighter green and/or yellow around some of the raised areas do you think that might help make everything look nicer/pick out the fola bit better?
Looks like maybe you're using the older inks, am I right? They can be pretty intense pigments and often leave a bit of a glossy shine that I think I'm seeing in the pics, especially the green.
I've got two suggestions- either pick up one or two of the new washes (which are amazing for fast army painting, even with tricky colours like yellow) or have a bit of a practice with the inks. I"d suggest thinning them with water rather than using them neat and adding a touch of washing up liquid to the water you use to thin them.
As for the new washes, the green is brilliant and for the yellow you can try either Devlan mud, Gryphonne sepia or Ogryn flesh. Each has a slightly different effect (eg Mud is very dark and flesh has a reddish tinge) but a little experimentation will get you a good looking easy method.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
Yeah I have 4 inks, 3 are the older ones, the green and yellow and flesh wash. The black ink I have is the new kind they released, but I'm going to take your suggestions and test it out. Thanks
I prefer the sepia ink on yellows as it is more muted.
For Metals I overbrush a black undercoated metal areas with Vallejos gunmetal grey (although boltgun metal is also good) and then highlight with chainmail then mithril silver if needed (usually not for rank and file) as otherwise I find the Chainmail/Mithril silver too bright, although a black wash will obviously take the brightnes down too.
As The Paint MOnkey says, the new inks are great, and well worth the investment.
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