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I'm far from the best person when it comes to painting, I'd love to improve my techniques but my paints never seems to sit right on the model. But rant aside, this is my attempt at painting Grey Knight Brother Captain Stern.
Would apprechiate pointers on how to get my models looking as good as some of the models I've seen in this thread, aswell as what I've done right/wrong, well/poor on my Stern model.
The paint looks kind of flakey. It's either your primer or your paint thats causing it. Some of the paint also looks like it could use some watering down a little. The symbol on the shield looks awesome.
The metal seems quitye falt. Are you using a wash on it at all? That would really help ad depth to the model and bring out the detail of teh armour.
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Thinning the paints will help dramatically. Don't go straight from the pot to the model. That was my first and biggest mistake for a while. Transfer a small amount of it (about a drop or so) to a palette of some kind and add 1-2 drops of water to it. You will find that it may not cover as evenly, so you may need to do a couple of coats. It's a pain, but in the end it will look MUCH better.
Also second the washes. There are lots of guides on how to make and use them. If you can't find any, come back and ask. Washes help smooth transitions, enhance detail, and offer shading that automatically creates a "3d" appearance. Highly, highly recommended.
Finally, consider highlighting the metals. You clearly know something about highlighting as evidenced by the red cloak (not too shabby, that, btw), but consider that metallics can be highlighted, too, with lighter metals. For silver, start with boltgun metal and highlight with chainmail or mithril silver. For gold, start with dwarf bronze and highlight with shining gold.
I think it's a good start. The heraldry looks good on the shoulder piece.
What I'd recommend is to give the armor a watered down layer of boltgun metal or boltgun/chainmail mixture followed by a wash or two with badab black. This will give the armor some detail (especially the golds) in the creases. Then follow up with a highlight on the edges of the armor using a mixture of mithril silver/skull white.
These kind of highlights will work wonders. Good luck!
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Give him eyebrows. It really adds alot of Humanity and emotion to any character.
Also, his eyes look..Big.
Take your flesh tone, and VERY VERY carefully, give him a lower eyelid. I do this always with my models to give their eyes a squinting look - since they are yelling.
As others have said, I think the key here is to thin your paints to improve the flow over the model. I remember having this problem constantly, and it's a great help once you figure out how to properly thin. You have paid a great amount of attention to detail though, and I think you'll go far!
thanks for the feedback guys, i do try to thin my paints, but i have a great deal of trouble with getting it to the right consistency
with the gold on weapons ive been using a coat of shining gold, black wash over it, higlight over that with another coat of shining gold over the larger areas, and then a final highlight of s.gold and mithril silver
for the gold on the armour ive been using the same method as above but using the flesh tone wash instead of black
armour wise ive been using chainmail w/a watered down blue wash
i think my main problem is getting the paint applied evenly, also i need to figure out the method to use blending effectivly
some people have said to apply a blackwash over the armour, would a watered down blue wash at the end still look good? i want the armour to have a sort of blue sheen to it all
beating a dea horse here but,
the paint is on really thick and thinning is what you need to do. the only real problem you have is that everything has a splotchy sort of look to it due to the paint being on so thin
the highlights and shading will help but getting rid of those splotches is the one thing that will really bring this up to looking that much greater
also ditto on the heraldy has mentioned already, looks great
I spend the day yesterday re-painted my Cpt.Stern's Armour. This time I've used boltgun metal as base and highlighted it with mithril silver, then giving it a diluted black wash, followed by a heavily diluted blue wash. His cape gun and face i left the same, though I did add eyebrows and try to reduce the size of his eyes. I still need to finish his sword, but I'm going to take that into my local GW to get some help with the blending on it.
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Edit: Looking at the picture now, there could be one or two things I could do to neaten up certain areas, models always look different on camera
Last edited by V3xx; October 9th, 2009 at 15:16.