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What's the best way to highlight gold?
Thanks for any replies.
For really ornate gold I use a basecoat of a dark brown, usually scorched, then dwarf bronze, burnished gold and shining gold (or the other way around, I can never remember which gold is lighter). I'll then give it a light wash of gryphonne sepia and re highlight the previous stage. The final stage is mixing a little mithril silver with the final gold layer and highlighting any extreme edges with it. I'll often miss the last stage though if its a flat item with little detail.
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Could you be a bit more specific on what type of gold? The easiest way woulld be to wash it with devlan mud.
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Im going to be painting the Chaos Space Marine Daemon Prince with gold armour trim and the rest in a red gore - blood red mix. So im after the 'best' method of highlighting the gold.
It does depend upon the type of gold you want. There can be many kinda, but old and new gold are very different. New gold will be bright, while old will be darker - more tarnished. I would always suggest starting gold from a brown base. Gold does not cover terribly well without many layers, the brown helps to make up for this lack of coverage.
I would suggest using shining gold at the main colour, washes such as devlan mud or badab black or gyrionna sepia are very good on gold. A highlight of shining or burnished gold added with a touch of mithril silver is a good way to highlight the gold.
My formula for gold usually involves this:
Base - Brass
Wash - brown ink or Devlan Mud
First highlight (burnished gold) whichever is the darker of the 2 golds...
highlight with polished gold - whichever is the lighter of the 2 golds...
If I highlight further I mix in silver to the lightest gold.
You can play with the tint on the gold by adding glazes of orange, green, or purple inks. These will produce different feels of warmer or cooler golds...
For my standard table top figures I usually only highlight up to the darker of the 2 golds...
Here is an example of my table top guy with gold trim:
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Adding highlights to gold can be done by mixing a little white or yellow with gold and using that. It will seem lighter and because it is less metal-looking with the white or yellow it will seem more like a reflection/sparkle of light that lighter metal.
For my gold:
-basecoat with 1:1 scorched brown:shining gold
-shining gold followed by a grypon sepia wash
-highlight with a mix of burnished gold and shining gold
-highlight with burnished gold
This generally makes my gold fairly shiny however so lately I have begun to follow up with a wash of badab black or devlan mud to dull it a little. If you want to keep it shiny and new looking a final highlight of mithril silver to shining gold on the extreme edges.
The head is now finished and the gold for the torso has been done as well. Im now starting to paint redgore onto the rest of the torso. What wash could i use to darken the red before i start adding the lighter red colours to the torso?
Thanks again for any replies.
I've used the Baal red wash to darken the red gore I use for my robes before highlighting. One to two washes generally does the trick.