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So i had some random inspiration one day to repaint my necrons.... so that their armor will not appear red hot similar to this pipe.
After all, my necrons were lava themed... After spending weeks (literally) dousing my crons in everything i had to strip them (4000 points of necrons is rather exhausting - i feel sorry for the apoc heavy gamers who strip their models).
Anyways, after stripping them.. i realized.. i have no idea how i would paint my crons to have that red-hot metal glow feeling/look...
Someone please give me some advice on how i would go about painting red-hot metals that give the impression of some serious heat. Or a link to a site/thread if this has actually been discussed before would be cool.. If you have seen some pics of this stuff or have done similar could you please put them up... i would love to see some success stories.
This would look amazing however I think that the best way to do it would be to use lighting. I know that I have a friend who did his necrons so that all of the green parts on their weapons were actually little lights, and I think that if you were to do a nice white light for that and simply paint them from red all the way up to yellow (with some high lighting of white) then the way the light would play on them then maybe you would get the look you are wanting, however that is all i can think of right now.
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These pipes look hot because they are a light source, without the red glow on everything around then they just look like red->yellow or yellow->white blends.
In saying that unlless the bases have a lot of height to take the lighting it might not work, If you are just painting some of the parts red hot than you might get away with a red glaze on the not hot parts that are close enough to the light source...
Also because parts of the model will be a light source it will mess with the shadows.
I would be guessing if I tried to say where to start painting these, good luck.
Ohh Red Hot Necrons sounds like a "cool" idea! (Heh...heh...........)
This instantly made me think of a paint scheme I saw on a Khorne Bloodletter once, I think it was in the White Dwarf where the Codex Daemons was released at the time. It did look pretty badass, the devil will be in the details as what really made it was how the eyes and other crevices were the reddened parts as the rest was the glowy yellow/orange colour.
There wasn't a guide if I remember correctly but I know exactly where that White Dwarf is at home, when I get back from work I'll look it up and check it for ya.
...if I remember.
You'd have to be good at source lighting to pull this off. Actually, this isn't a bad project to learn it on.
But like others have said, you need something to reflect the "glow," so unless you have super-tall bases (way too much work in my opinion), I would say make the Necron armour PARTIALLY like this.
So instead of making EVERYTHING that bright glowing color, pick an alternate, darker color (black, or a deep, dark brown or red, for example), and use that on some parts like the shoulder pads, joint pieces, the glyph in the center of the chest, guns, etc., and make all the rods in, say, the arms and legs "glow."
For the chest, you might get away with doing the "hot iron" effect there, too. For the head, I'd do the "skull cap" part in the back your "alternate" color, and the face in the hot iron look. You'll just have to practice doing the reflections on the parts not done "hot iron" style.
Bottom line: It might take a lot of work, and if you've never done source lighting before, that's kind of a steep learning curve. On the other hand, if you can pull it off, you'll have an amazing looking army, and definitely earn a position among the "expert" painters out there.
Go for it, and post pics!
Malagate, that sounds cool. See if you can find it. Would be awesome to see.
Yeah... essentially, it does seem steep. It looks real tough, but also real cool which is i guess why it caught my attention.
The ideas started after looking at a lava basing guide. So i thought "hey, lets make super heated metal necrons... hurts to touch..."
But perhaps i should do black highlighting on the models to reflect cooling metal since originally i painted my necrons metallic parts but a red armor (refer to necron codex if you have for more accuracy)
However, the crons looked similar to
But yeah.. i could repaint them to be like that again and just darken all the plating and highlight so it looks cooled metal perhaps?
Any thoughts guys?
Thanks everybody for helping out so far. Been real insightful
Last edited by Mickem; November 30th, 2009 at 22:25. Reason: Updated message
I want do use the same color scheme on my avatar so I'd appreciate the tips to achieve this look aswell
Trying for something like this:
I just paint 'em, I don't actually know how to play.
You might be able to get some inspiration from this thread;
And Justice For All and his stupidly good Forgeworld Avatar (Forge World Eldar Avatar)
I think a pure hot metal look might be too hard to pull off, but painting them as though they have a burning furnace inside of them... that might be achievable.
wow... Justice for All's work... that is... insane... spending whole days for just the ankle practically... looks amazing though...
Perhaps it actually would be better to paint like The Bolter and Chainsword - Librarium - Painting Tutorial: Lava Bases Method I : A 40k Space Marine Resource and make the cooler parts the outsides of the armor plating sorta thing and use more fluorescent colors?
I truly envy Justice's work and painting skills though... haha.
Great find Deadstar! Thanks.