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back story: Im fairly new to 40k (under 2 months gameplay and painting experiance) i've only painted using standard citadel paints over skull white primer(havent used any foundations or washes).space marines are all i've painted this far and i've used liche purple(primary color, armor) and scorpian green(secondary, eyes, trim, skulls) as my color scheme. i've decided to move past black reach and onto a necron army hopefully using a similar color scheme.
situation: for my necrons i'm looking to get them a dark metallic purple. i've primed them with chaos black branching out from the white because i wanted a darker purple this time. i dry brushed the hell out of them with the purple on top of the primer and it has come out about the right shade of purple i was going for.
question: how do i keep that dark purple dry brushing over the black but get a slight metallic uniform coat on them? i was intending to do a very light dry brushing of mithrill silver over the purple but im fairly positive it'll just look like some poor battle damage even if i do another purple brushing over it.
follow up questions: are there metallic washes? should i be using washes? could i make a metallic wash by watering down my silver? am i just totally confused on the whole process?
any hints or ideas would be greatly appreciated
edit: i could post a picture of my progress thus far if it would aid in answering
Last edited by Kelter Skelter; July 28th, 2009 at 06:49.
The bets way IMO to get this effect is to start paint the matalic paint over the black then use wash or glaze of purple over it, you can then finish with black wash, but only in the deeps of the model, don't use the black al over the hole model in black or you will ruin the purple effect. It will newer look good it you dry brush metal paint over a purple base
Keep the paint diluted and thin :)
(first rule in Zentradis book of painting)
You could simply wash Leviathan Purple Wash over Chainmail Silver Paint. Washing anything over Chainmail gives favorable results.
You could also try mixing the wash with the paint. I wouldn't try this with straight paint, as that "dulls" the metal sheen quite a bit. I'd definitely use the wash to "tint" the metallic paint.
Also, Vallejo makes a metallic medium, essentially the same as metallic paint with no pigment. A good starting point for making colored metals. Again, use washes/inks to color them, NOT paint.
so it sounds like the best way to go would be to base coat over what i've done with a silver then use the purple wash?
i've never used a wash, what's the SOP? and how do i ensure i'll get the same dark purple with the wash? mix a little black into it?
also: the store near me only has citadel paints and i'd rather see what i could do with what's availible before i start ordering stuff online
You can use the Wash straight out of the bottle.
If you've never used a wash before, just practice, it is rather intuitive. Take a useless sprue, jab some XActo Knife slashes into it, paint it, then wash it. See how the wash accumulates in the recesses and forms a very thin layer on the flat surfaces. Add more layers of wash after drying if needed.
I think all the above ideas are great and you should try some of them first.
I've never tried what i'm about to say but maybe try mixing some of the purple wash with chainmail sliver then paint your model, it may work it may not but it's worth a try.
I'm alos thinking about doing some colored metal necrons (like a gunmetal blue) so please let us know what works best !
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i went down to the hobby shop and bought the wash set for $22(figured worst comes to worst i could do a simple mainly wash paint on all of my AoBR orks)
and now im doing all sorts of color mixing and experimenting and it's all coming out horribly
my plan was to repaint the necrons with mithril silver then purple wash the heck out of them until i got the right color then possibly black washing to darken it a little
it's not going as planned
perhaps it's cause im using such a bright silver but i thought that was what i wanted
also mixing silver with the washes doesnt do much, the paint just eats the wash and then my silver looks like a tiny bit purple and it's really watery
any other ideas?
I wrote this guide on my FLGS forum for a friend of mine who wanted purple metallic space marines. The pictures don't show much change in some of the steps because I was rushing and used the flash, but you get the idea:
Here you go!
Vallejo Warlord Purple is a clone of GW Warlock Purple. The clear stuff is one of my favorite acrylic mediums, 20% future floor wax in water.
Step 1: Base coat with Boltgun Metal with a bit of Warlock Purple in it. Around 4:1 boltgun to purple.
Step 2: Shade with 50% strength Badab Black. I dilute with my Future Floor Wax mixture. Plain old water gets it done too.
Step 3: highlight back up with the base coat mixture. Apply pretty liberally to all raised areas and smooth surfaces.
Step 4 and 5 pictured together: Add some more boltgun metal to your basecoat mixture until it's just tinted a bit purplish (6:1 Boltugn to warlock) and paint a more carful highlight. Then add a bit of mithril silver to this and paint a final highlight just around edges of shoulder pads, ridges on the face, and places that would catch light.
Step 6: Now to make him actually look purple. Starting with about 10:1 glaze medium to liche purple, put on about three coats being sure to spread evenly and allow it to fully dry between coats. Note a glaze is not used like a wash. Don't glop it on and let it run. Paint evenly and spread over over the surfaces. Then further dilute with floor wax medium until you're at like 10:5:1 glaze medium : floor wax medium : liche purple. Do a few more coats until it's hidden any splotchy parts. Make sure coats fully dry before applying more. This takes a while, best for batch painting!
Now you're ready for action!
What's a battle brother got to do to get some legs around here?
I ended with a similar result (probably not as good or thorough) with way less steps.
after i did my purple dry brush(pretty much a fast purple basecoat) i mixed water and mithril silver something like 5-10:1 so i got a super watery silver. i then did a dry brush style painting with the really watery silver(not in on the lingo, is this called a glaze?) and it ended up giving me silvery purple which i intend to wash over wish more purple to make it more purple and darker
Guy on right is pre-silver obviously
and in hindsight i wish i would have just done a basecoat of purple rather than dry brushing and leaving it but, hopefully the wash will hide that mistake!