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As I get closer to the point of actually painting my Blood Elf army, I'm a bit of a crossroads; I'm wondering what primer I should use.
These guys are going to have a lot of metal on them, so it'd be better to go along with black, and I want them to have a little bit more of an ominous appearance.
On second thought, I'll be painting a lot of red and flesh tones as well.
Anyone run into this? Normally I just use white, but I'm not sure at this moment.
Any feedback would be great.
I say white; you get good coverage on it for black paint, but it doesnt go both ways (ie you can just go over the metal bits with black, while reds and flesh would require many layers on black).
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I run across this problem all the time painting khorne stuff.. lots of red that you want to be bright but loads of metal and black..
I've started to use a grey primer which is slightly darker but still gives you a light enough coverage for reds and flesh tones
Or you could always go ott and use a brush to cover the white/black areas separately. Time consuming i know
Personally.. go white and then paint the metalics afterwards
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i have always been a fan of white. Colours cover better with just a single layer where with black therefor ever also with white using thinner layers of paint for blending and diffrent effects is also easyer.
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It is an old question, one that comes up often really. A regular reply is to compromise and go with grey. It'll act as a good base for most colours. I usually use black, as all my basecoats start from the darkest shade - the black is a natural shade or blackliner. Also, when using white, it tends to show through a lot more if you miss any than black does. But if you use white, then I would suggest to give it a light wash of black ink (Badab Black will do) or a very watered down black. It'll give you a lot more contrast and you'll be able to see where all the detail is.
i choose grey because car primer is vastly superior to GW primer. it is a good medium between black and white and you should end up using less foundation paint to achieve your base color as you do not have as much of the greyscale to cover.
i can use 2 thin coats of my Death Guard's main color straight onto grey vs the atleast 5 coats i need when going over white.
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I'd use white, as this will give you a nice bright red.
For any metal bits, or those which will stay black, just paint by hand those areas with chaos black.
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