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Well these are a few models that i got when me and a friend split BfM a year ago... and ive finally gotten around to painting them up. This time, though, I tried out some bold highlights using a base of shadow grey, then codex grey, then fortress grey and finally skull white and fortress grey 50:50... im still iffy on if I should keep doing this or go back to some more subtle highlights, help please. (the two vanilla marines are WIP still)
sorry for pics, i used a phone and my desk lamp, and I jumbled up the pictures of the three models =/
Sorry for the size =/
Any chance of some pictures further away from the model to see how it looks at a further distance?
From the close up shots it looksvery nice although a bit lumpy?
Pretty good highlighting. Might I ask what primer you're using? It seems to have left a bit of 'clumpy' residue on your models. Did you by chance spray the models on a rainy day?
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I honestly think the models can have a few more highlights as there is many fast black areas
@ Rabbit - I used GW primer, and it was a nice and sunny day... but it was a year old (I exagerated when i said 5, lol).
I've always used armoury before this, and its never been this bad =/
@ p0lak - The pure black is just shadows since i only had one light source above the model, sorry... I fail at taking pictures. If your talking about the flat leg plates with no highlights, Ive tried to add reflections, but its always failed... poorly.
Thanks for the comments!
I think the effect you are using to highlight those models does work, they look good. However I can see where you may be having a problem. You have done some interesting work with scripture and symbols on your Marines armour. These markings are the same colour as the highlights. The highlights are meant to be natural reflections where the symbols are something the Marines have put on themsleves, but both look similar. And they aren't supposed to be the same thing.
You could try to use a shade of grey to make the highlights more neutral. How light or dark it will be is up to you. There are other colours too. I use blue-green on the black of my Tyranids carapaces, however this may be a little odd on Marines. Grey and blue-green mixed may do it. A change of colour, only a little bit may be all you need. However I still think they look good either way.
Thanks for the advice, I'll toy around with some colours to use as highlights. I had hoped that the bluish shadow grey would be enough to offset it, but I guess it isnt... i think more blue would do the trick.
Maybe a wash of Badab black and then another light highlight of a grey (or blue) would help I think.
Looking good. I would agree about using a blueish tinge. Still, concidering they're lumpy they still look great.
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