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Hi everyone, I have been working on this model and its highligts and even though to me it looks cool in my hand or on the table when I take pictures the highlights looks really messy. My camera is not the best or my lighting. Is this a normal situation? or am I doing something wrong? I have been thinkind about this for awhile and everyone is giving me different answers. So i decided to ask the experts
Last edited by ttuzun; September 30th, 2009 at 06:58. Reason: Changed into a WIP thread
That happens to me aswell. In my hand it looks good but whenever I take a picture you see all the mistakes you do. Just be more careful when you paint the highlights and you should be fine. I've managed to paint like one model that doesn't look all messed up when I take a picture of it.
When I look at your model it looks like you should add more water to the color you are highlighting with. Looks pretty thick.
Last edited by Almberg; September 22nd, 2009 at 10:34.
definitely thin the paint a little more
otherwise i dont see any big problems
i like the blue scorpian
It was thinned down but i guess i need more. I will also try to practice "feathering" more. I willl probably have to cover the highlights again with the base coat color and then rehighlight it.
About the blue scorpion, It fits my color scheme (blue white with red details) and since green doesnt actually have a resemblance with a scorpion (imo at least) i decided to do it blue.
I agree that you can thin the paint.
About picture vs real. IMO if the model is a little messy, that that will show up allot more in the picture. Like it did in your your case. Still a good light can help you notice the flaws in real as well. If the model are really smooth painted it can look even better in the pictures. Also techniques like NMM often look better in the pictures and real metallic looks worse. Bigger models often looks better in a picture, its because they often are not that enlarged in the picture. Compeered to smaller scale.
Keep the paint diluted and thin :)
(first rule in Zentradis book of painting)
I seem to be getting the hang of it however, my paint seem to have big pigment pieces. chalks of paints like dust. It becomes more visible when diluted. When i paint it looks like someone got a tiny pen with the same color and created a lot of points on the model.
Is this because the tip is dry and i need to clean it up (its a vallejo game color paint that has those small tips) or is it something else? I feel like if i solve this problem i am good to go.
-Edit- I believe its from too thinned paint however when i dont thin it enough than it would be blending enough.
Last edited by ttuzun; September 23rd, 2009 at 07:26.
Looks much better. Great Job!
i like the colors but what i would suggest is using a grey and highlighting in white, it should improve those bits. also thin out your metal a bit more.
another suggestion on the gold would be using some washes...in fact washes, i love em, would help you out alot i think. gold lookes great washed with gryphonne sepia and then lightly gighlighted with mithril silver.
youve got a good start, practicing with the blending can be frusterating but will improve stick to it, and maybe even move up to some more advanced thining agents that will help your blending.
keep it up!
Highlighting white is something missing i agree. However i dont know where i should be highlighting the white. Sınce grey is a darker color it seems like its more like a shadow than a highlight.
The gold is washed with sepia just like you said However i guess i need to do it more. I will also try the mithril silver highlighting. (I used gold again after sepai wash) Thanks
As I highlight more of the model I realise i have more trouble with big parts. Like the plates on armor on his left leg (not visible here) or the head (thats gonna be a pain). I ll post more pictures as i go.