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Hey hey hey guys!
I've gotten into Eldar and got a Farseer when I decided to do an Ulthweish (they;re not completely Ulthwe - but I wont go on about the background of my army here)
So Im trying to do something like this:
I paint black straight out of the pot and it looks really bland, no depth or anything like that whatsoever, I havnt done the highlight yet will that change it?
you'll need to do the highlight
it's 100% necessary
look up some black templar tutorials aswell, that should help you a lot
that highlight has a blue tint to it, try using a little dark blue in there, or using a bit of a bluish grey like shadow grey
yeah pretty much
for the 2nd highlight you might need to go straight codex grey and then maybe little bits of fortress grey here and there
you want it to be subtle but you still need a lot of contrast because it's black
so you'll want to highlight EVERYTHING with the real dark greys then few areas with brighter greys
if you want to try and go for a blueish tint like the picture i would suggest using shadow grey and spacewolfs grey instead of codex and fortress.
also another way is to do a layered style highlighting then a heavy badab black wash
it comes out like that, you could even go darker on the initial layers, not as bright a grey for the last highlight, to make it closer to a black than dark grey.
also a simple way for doing bone i found was bleached bone-> gryphonne sepia wash -> highlight 50/50 bleachbone/skull white-> thin highlight in key places and edges of pure skull white.
hope this helps
ps excuse the shine in the recesses the pics were taken with flash like a bozo
That highlight layer goes way lighter than 75% codex grey.
Most likely, they're painted with straight codex grey or ultramarine blue highlights, then over the top of that with frostbite or fortress grey. The highlights are very light.
Think of it like a new black car- what you are highlighting is pretty much the shine on the surface, so it gets close to white, while the rest of the surface remains dark black.
Anyway, for some wonderful insight into painting black, take a look at this brushtralls article.
It's a good article that not only tells you how to paint various different surfaces in black, it explains why they are painted the way that they are.
heya odin... nice to see a privateer transplant!
anywhoo... GW had a really sweet article on painting black using 3-4 different approaches. However, the links are dead(GW Online : Warhammer 40,000 : Space Marines : Painting Black Armour) since they revamped their website. closest thing is this...
Painting Black Templars Space Marines | Painting | Warhammer 40,000 Articles | Games Workshop
another approach is to do "extreme" highlighting like I have done on my templar armor. where you imagine where the light would reflect on the surfaces, and then do a very minimal bit of squiggly streaks that quickly go from grey to a single white dot. observe...
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