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Slowly but surely I am becoming a better painter. One thing that I find my self in more and more is free hand and I would like to add a little something to my minis is repetitive designs around the inside of cloaks and such. I would love to hear what you folks have to say on the matter at hand and any pics, references and tutorials would come in very handy indeed.
Well it kinda depends on what exactly you want to do. The foremost rules of painting freehand is having a plan and patience. Planning out on a paper what you want to do is always a good thing to do.
It's good to start out simple and such things as lines on robes are very easy to do. I'm thinking of lines like those on this Warlock. Simple, angular patterns are also pretty straight-forward and a good start.
For free hand you've just fot to be really patient. As said about try out the scheme on paper first if you're doing anything more complicated that a line.
One thing i do first is paint a black outline of the shape before you actually start putting colours on. This will give you something to follow. Black ink was perfect for this but a watered down Chaos Black works just fine. Then you can paint the colour you want to do in the black line, making sure you stay on the line.
This was done with Snakebite leather then mixing in Golden Yellow and Skull white for highlights.
I know its cheating, but, I once found decal sheets with thin pin stripes. Used for model cars or trains I think. I used some on a model plane, but it was decades ago. I'm sure such things are still available.
Also for painting small details like this, I recently started using a pair of supermarket reading glasses. They help me see so much better that my painting has significantly improved.
I just paint 'em, I don't actually know how to play.
This is how I do it, the result is not the best free hand that I have painted but its looks ok IMO.
(Zentradi's WIP)Small decription, not the best but...
The end result can look quite different it. Here are a few different end results. Also its more easy to a play to a area that do sent have so much different tones in the highlight. Like the dire avenger, the emperors champion or the wraith lord.
Keep the paint diluted and thin :)
(first rule in Zentradis book of painting)
I still can't get enough of that DA exarch. Bet Eldar mini ever.