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Soon after almost 8 years of absence of painting and warhammer i am going back to the game. It feels good, but i do have some probably basic questions.
I will be playing Tyranids and was thinking on having the "body" grey in some shape, maybe fortress gray.. nothing to dark.. and the scales at midnight blue with iceblue at the edge of the scales.
But, whats best to prime them with? White or Black?
My self is thinking black, cause it gives type of shadows when i later on apply the paint, but maybe white is better if i am to paint them light grey?
Also, do anyone know of what colors would be made to highlight say now fortress gray and midnight blue? As last time i was reckless and just wanted to get done, this time i will take time and try to become a better painter.
I would say black. It gives you shading and you should first use dark colours before you go to the main colour. So, for example the grey would look better is painted over a layer of codex grey to act as shading. The highlights are quite simple - fortress grey + skull white, regal blue + enchanted blue.
Black is much easier for large volumes of trooper models and will save you a lot of time. The greys in the GW foundation paint range will cover black primer in a single coat. Fortress Grey is awfully bright for a base coat. You will have trouble getting much contrast on the mini with a base so bright. Codex Grey base highlighting up to fortress grey will be much more feasible.
If you want to go all the way from Midnight Blue up to Ice Blue, you'll want an intermediate value. Midnight has quite a bit of red in it, it's almost a dark purple really. Midnight is also disco'd Do you have it or will you actually be using Necron Abyss?
I dont have midnight blue yet, and if its blueish/purple i guess thats not what i have been looking for... was more after a deep dark blue. And since i want them blue maybe regal blue is better then.
and by disco'd.. they wont be selling it anymore? or i am lost here.. other then that the foundation paints says it covers more easily.. is that the new set? that they will be selling or will they continue with the normal paints too?
you could try a dark blue, with a light blue drybrush, which will of course look very stark, but then put a blue was over the top which tends to tie the two colours together. Oh and black can definatly, its a rare day that I use white spray (partly for the inbulit shading but mainly cos black spray seems to cover so much better)
This will cause controversy... but I usually always undercoat in White . When I started playing back in the day (early 90's) thats what everyone I knew did.. and i've stuck with it and that usually because the parts that need black are smaller and i do that manually.
Also, since the washes came out I have been washing minatures to highlight/lowlight the detail areas.. I know its probably a waste of wash but mehh..
I'd be tempted to start out with the adamantium grey foundation paint and then layer up through fortress grey to skull white.. and then once i'd done that i would reundercoat the scales and then carefully start the whole process again starting with the blue that you want as the basecoat and then move up through to a nice highlight.. you could forgo the reundercoat if you stated with a foundation paint.. I would be tempted with Necron Abyss and then go through multiple paint layers so that you get to a really light highlight.. but that might me massive overkill
You could always go the other way and get the new spraygun.. go for a lighter grey foundation paint and spray everything.. and then hit them with Bebab Black wash through the spraygun.. I think the new washes are absolutely cracking and this will give you a reasonably simple effect very quickly.. You could play with these and then worry about the details later on..
Just a thought
I brush prime white for models I want to spend more time on and do a nice job. For cranking out Gaunts, I would never consider doing so unless they're going to be dipped
Alright, thanks alot for the input.. i still require some help tho and hopefully you will be of assistance again .
My girlfriend will be starting space marines, and as she didnt like the existing chapters we will try on a vanilla with a colorscheme close to
we will prime them all in chaos black
Chaos Black - Most of the body
Orkhide Shade - Shoulder pads and most likely chest ornament
Mithril Silver - shoulder pad lines, those uplifted lines on there
Now, what colors/color combination would you use to highlight these? as i am terrible at seeing this i might as well ask for help, and that will help me to see what colors i need to buy.
We choosed the foundation paints only cause they say it covers more easily.. i hope its true, and if some of you got a different opinion please do tell.
For my nidz i planed
Astronomican Grey - body
Necron Abyss - scales, i will probably not be going all the way to ice blue after some consideration.
Chaos Black - schytes and claws
the same question goes here as for the highlights as for the SM.
Well i hope this isnt to much to ask for, and i hope this isnt a "oh dear, do it your self you lazy nob" moments.. and thanks again for all the help and opinions so far!