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Okay here goes nothing, this is my first ever painted model. I wanted to start out simple so i pretty much used one colour (boltgon metal or somthing) and then gave it a dirty look by mixing brown ink with chaos black with a lot of water.
And here's a pic of my whole tau squad, i know the battlesuits and the two brown drones don;t fit with the firewarriors but meh, i was experimenting, also the drone on the far left is un-finished:
Please give me tips and tricks on improving
Last edited by cheesy; June 14th, 2009 at 13:30.
Keep the paint diluted and thin, that's the first "trick". Then of course contrast colours always lift a model. more layers of wash, then end with a dry brush of metal or paint the edges with the metallic. Only true for metallics.
Keep the paint diluted and thin :)
(first rule in Zentradis book of painting)
Interesting start, and I agree that keeping it simple is often better. I myself tend to get too complicated, then I get bogged down in an endless project
Still, might I suggest you've gotten TOO simple? The models all seem to have one shade of boltgun metal, and that's it. The washes are a good step toward creating some depth, but now you need to consider adding highlights. Do you have any lighter-colored metal such as Chainmail or Mithril Silver? If so, you might consider a few LIGHT highlights. The crisis suit is ideal for this, what with all the straight edges and corners. Of course, be most careful with Mithril Silver in particular, as it is a very strong color. Less is more. If in doubt, mix Boltgun Metal and your other metallics, then run a VERY fine line along the VERY edges. That will make it "pop," and further accentuate the "3-d" aspect you're looking for here.
I also would strongly suggest some more colors in there. No, you don't need to go nuts, but at least some Sept markings would be a good idea, particularly something bright like white, ice blue, yellow or something equally striking. It will really jump out on all that metal. Also, consider painting the eye lenses something bright. Use three shades; a dark one, mid-range, then a light tone, then put a dot of skull white on it. Check out tutorials on painting lenses to see what I mean. A bright color there would also help these models "pop."
Good luck, and post more pics!
Your Drones are curiously shiny. What did you do to them?
It might be the lamp on the drones i dunno, but thanks for all the feedback guys, with the battlesuit i was gunna paint the lense red but i dont have blood red =/ my mate does so i might borrow it from him for a while also the firewarriors might look like a thick coat of paint because i bought them off ebay lmao, and they were already painted but hey, it cost me like £5 as i said before these are pretty much experiments, i will post more pics soon, i just finished up a terminator, doesnt look too good but might as wsell take a pic
Edit: here's the terminator i was talking about, it was a challenge by a friend on a graphics forum thats why it's got that title
Last edited by cheesy; June 14th, 2009 at 19:01.
Your paint on the termy looks a tiny bit thick, just water it down and then layer it on, takes a while but it is worth it. It looks fine otherwise.
Otherwise keep up the good work and check out painting tip websites or even other pictures here for inspiration and ideas. Good luck!