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I don't mind the scheme to be honest. I think that the bright pink is a great contrast to the dark.
Doesn't seem like it will be a particularly quick paint scheme. But I can't say that I find it offensive.
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To my eye it would look better with a slightly lighter blue to create more contrast. At the moment it sort of blends together. I don't really have any experience though so get a second opinion.
That's the kind of thing I need to know really. Not that well versed on the whole highlighting thing. Back when I used to paint 14 years ago I was happy just having basic flat colours.
The overall idea is very dark, like the xenomorphs from Alien but with the flourescent pink in small areas.
Maybe with some brighter highlights on the edges perhaps? To give the illusion that there's light reflecting off of the very edges of some of the joints and edges of the model such as the blue skin, the carapace, teeth etc. Possibly followed by a wash as well, this could better bring the individual colours together, I'd say a wash consisting of two parts water, one part scorched brown and one part chaos black should do the trick. Aim for the recesses such as the joints, teeth and those membranous/ vent things (you know, the ones painted pink).
That way, you could pick out the detail on a model and make it more appealing to the eye .
Either way, it's a good start!
Well there is actually a wash over the whole thing already. Apart from the vents.
Started out with Fenris grey for the flesh and gun metal for the carapace. Undercoat black wash over the whole thing to darken it. Thinking it may have been too thick and would have been better with a thinner one then another over the areas you suggested.
Would a wash over the pink areas not dull the brightness though?
I'd give the pink areas a deep purple wash, to bring out the detail and make it just a bit less bright. Also, a small highlight in the eyes would do wonders.
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For the pink areas, I'd suggest watered down Scorched Brown or, watered down Scab Red or if you're up for it, a mixture of the two. Wash those pink areas with that will create some more depth in those areas and to stop them from looking 'flat'.
EDIT: Or better yet, go by Lemt's advice:I've washed mini's with washes that are too thick as well, my first pieces in fact, totally ruined them I had to re-do the entire model, lol. After that experience I ended up testing the washes on a spare piece of paper to check if it's dilute enough to my satisfaction, on paper, when the paint dries some of the original colour of the paper shows through allowing me to make the wash as dilute as I wanted. that way it gave me a sense of 'control' with my paints, not the other way round .Thinking it may have been too thick and would have been better with a thinner one then another over the areas you suggested.
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Last edited by Kai-Itza; February 9th, 2010 at 13:16. Reason: Ninja-ed by Lemt! *Shakes Fist*
I will try this tonight, cheers. I've got a leviathan wash which will hopefully look good. If not I'll try the red/brown one you suggest.
I like the scheme, and i think it would look good carried over a whole army too.
One possible change i'd make (if it was me) would be to increase the distinction between the skin and the carapace- so instead of having the skin as black with blue stippling and black carapace have a dark blue skin with lighter stippling and then dark carapace (with grey highlights?)
Its definately heading in the direction of an interesting scheme though, good job dude.
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