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For three long years this mini has haunted my bitz box and today the bell tolls for thee! I'm using him to enter the online painting contest so this will finally force me to confront my demons and paint him up well. I guess the part that daunts me is the amount of different angles and surfaces on this guy.
I did a small bit of conversion work; i.e. his exposed hand and his weapon which will be a power weapon at some point.
As for the colors, I'm going for something a bit unusual. The color I'm using at the base is Menoth White Base by P3. The highlights will be more of brighter eggshell white, however I'm not really sure which color I should take the route of shading him with. The cloak and his shoulder trim around him is a blue with a hint of green in it. Now I'm not sure what colors are appropriate to shade and highlight these, so any feedback would be appreciated.
Aside from turning this into a blending workshop, I'm pulling out the stops and going for NMM this time around. I figure this guy will be a learning experience so I'll swing for the fences or strike out trying.
I just can't wait to get this guy nice and complete as he's been haunting my bitz box for far too long.
Any advice from here on out is greatly appreciated!
Hey mate, good on ya for finally getting to painting him, he is quite a daunting model but from the way its looking so far im sure it'll turn out well. I cant believe that model is over 3 years old, fantastic sculpt although. One litle gripe I have is that the force weapon is a tad too chaosy, but its probably just me.
As for the shading you cant go wrong with the citadel washes. A wash of devlan mud ill be good for a slightly darker look while gryphionne sepia is slightly orangy and will leave it brighter. Just rehighlight up from there and it should turn out good.
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Nice model and Nice choice of scheme. Deathwing FTW!
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So I'm not really sure what possessed me to do this, but I restarted my guy in a way that I can gain a better understanding about the way light hits this mini. So, with this crazy idea in mind, I cleaned him up, primed him black then did a spritz of white from the direction of light that will be coming down on him from his base.
Overall it gives a monochromatic look to him and it will actually help me shade and highlight the little bugger. Now it comes down to a selection of key colors. The bone white idea was cool, but I'm not sure if I could actually pull it off.
I'll be using the color as a guide to the depth of highlights and shading that I'll do later on. I hope this pays off. I have until the 26th to the get finished product going.
Time to hope that the higher powers are on my side....
I made some progress tonight on my librarian. I've never painted a blue space marine before, or at least in my memory so I gave into curiosity and now I have a smurf staring at me from my desk.
Most of the base-coating for the armor is done, but I got sidetracked and decided to just try some blending here and there. It's more prominent on his left arm, but I'm working to get more and more of his armor blended nicely. I am having a little trouble determining where I should put my highlights and my shadows, but I'm just trudging through.
I have to remind myself not to rush at all and to just take my time.
I do need to work on the shading much more and the highlights a bit more. Overall though, it's a lot of fun and I'm only really on the power armor. I used to hate that stuff...
Anyways, back to painting.
Hahah, this project is just not meant to be.
I put my brush down for a while tonight to go enjoy some grilling my brother did for the family to come back and see some bubbling on my mini. It's been terribly humid here the last few days. I tried to remove the bubbles onto to see the paint peeling off.
After a somber funeral hymn, I placed him in some brake fluid where he's sitting until tomorrow. I shall clean him only to REDO him yet again.
I will finish him and enter the contest if it kills me. He's going to be a Blood Angel since I'm playing the 40k game right now on my computer.
Let's get a slow clap going and turn this into a cheesy teen movie shall we?
Into the breach we go!
You pretty much have the answer to where you should put our highlights, just look at your picture a bow, where you have sprayed the model black and white. If you just highlight the areas that hare white and shade the areas that are black you get the light in the right places. Try to use allot of contrast between the shading and the extreme highlights, most of the time you can use allot more then you think.
As for your question:
As for blends and things like that, first of and rule nr 1 is to keep the paint thin. This cant be sad to much. If you want a nice blend there is no way around this. When I paint shading I use colours that are sometimes as thin as a glaze. Next "trick" I use is to split the model in small areas. I never paint the hole armour at once, I split it up and paint small part at the time. This helps me focus and concentrate on the blends. Then I try to ad extra subtitle colours when I paint. Maybe use some grey glaze when shading the skin. This is an idee that I learned of from a friend here in umea, called Avelorn on Cool mini or not. At last as I sad before us allots of shading and highlights to make the colours pop.
Hope this helps
For a pallete I just use the plastic parts of blister packs, washed off to get rid of dust, and the packaging my pin vice came in.
I'm very fancy.
Marines - All built, 4/5 painted. Tau - 3/4 built, 0 painted. 'crons - 1/2 built, 1/2 painted.
I suck at staying on task.