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The title says it all. I hate metallic paints. I can never get them to do what I want. So, from this time onward I plan on going the non-metallic approach. I'm not sure how it'll go, but still, I hate metallics. Anyone else go this route?
I agree that metalics are hard to use but what is it that your trying to get them to do that you are having a hard time with.
Personally no, I quite like metallics, but I understand the frustration they can cause. Not always the nicest thing to paint with.
I've seen many excellent looking NMM stuff out there. I'm sure with a little practice you could get by just fine without ever using metallic paint. Ever tried NMM before?
I LOVE painting metallics. Love them.
The trick with metallics is to use glazes and washes over a base of the metallic paint. The old GW inks were superb too and I'd guess the Vallejo inks will serve a similar role.
Straight out metallics always look a little strange and plasticky but a wash over the top can make the world of difference. Try a chestnut or brown over golds, blue/blacks over silver for polished steel or red/brown/mud for a dirty metal.
Other options are greens/purples on gold (thin glazes), green/turquoise over bronze (for a hint of corrosion) or patches of thicker red/browns for rust.
Sharp and very light highlighting goes very well with metallics too.
What are you trying to paint? I'll see if I can help out.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
My main problem comes with the paint I'm using I guess. I have the entire P3 set and it works wonderfully, all except the metallics. The metallics from them are sub-par. They do not evenly mix very well.
I've used GW metallics before, but I guess the main problem is that I can never get them to go on smooth. I'm used to blending with normal colors and I can do so pretty well, but metallics have a tendency to clump.
I have a similar problem, I do paint with metallics occasionally but not a great deal anymore.
I find it too difficult to figure out how to highlight them personally as they seem to need quite a bit of water to go on smoth and then they don't stay to their edges properly, or I over blend them to compensate. They just always end up looking flat for me.
Try NMM, it is good fun to paint, I know that alot of people don't like it, particularly on an entire army, but it does look pretty good when you get it right. I know that you are painting High Elves and I think that it really suits the way many of the miniatures feel, as often it is quite warm and clean in it's appearance, less suited to Dark Elves and lizardmen etc. Plus they have less bodies on the table which is important as it can be time consuming getting the highlights right.
Well I took my silver metallic and added 1 part black to 4 parts silver.. That manages to tone it down quite a bit... even going so far as to do 1 part black to 3 parts or 2 parts silver, depending on how dark I want the "Bolt gun metal".
To highlight, just use the silver itself..
Then I have Gold, and simply highlight with silver as well... Adds that effect of having the gold plating wearing off.. (You never thought that the gold on the armor went all the way through did you?)
My revelation of this year: Vallejo Metallic Medium. Sheer brilliance! Finally something to mix metallic paints witj the perfect thing to add to a dark metal or gold to get highlights, the perfect thing to keep your metallic consistency on par after adding some thinner to increase fluidity.
Also, on a thinner note, apparently, Vallejo also sells 120ml thinner bottles next to the usual tiny squirt pots, perfect refill.