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Since I started painting this newest commission piece - I'll be showing them a lot - I decided to prepare a complete tutorial on how I paint my slaaneshi minis. Many people asked me about my purple - so now you can do it by yourself following this tut
1. Assembly, moldlines cleaning , gluing torsos and priming
Ok as said - got rid of mold lines ( i must say that GW is getting better and better with their plastic kits - almost none moldlines were visible on these models) , primed with black , and then vertically primed with white - pics don't show it good - i spray some white paint from above - so that the shadowy areas are darker and the areas most exposed to light are brighter. Also glued some plastic to termies' legs - so that I won't touch the mini itself with my fingers while painting (this prevents the sweat from my fingers to get onto the mini )
2. Paints and palette.
For the armour I will be using:
Violet (I use generic artist's paints - you can take liche purple)
I also use a wet palette - this allows me to lower the usage of paints keeping them moist all the time I paint.
For such a palette I use a piece of sponge - natural one is best - and some baking paper.
The paper doesn't absorb water so it's ideal for keeping the paints 'fresh'
3. Base colour
I believe that this is the most important part when it comes to painting miniatures - a solid basecoat gives you a good start to painting. I apply 1 thick layer of paint , and then a few layers of glazes with the same colour , untill I'm sure that the colour is exactly as I wish it to be , and the black/white base cannot be seen underneath. Also the layers should be as smooth as possible.
Here I applied Violet to the whole armour. (missed some spots , but painted them later on )
Since the armour of my slaaneshi termies will be in bright, warm colours I decided to shade it with cold blues.
First I applied watered down Enchanted Blue to the recesses and the parts of the armour that will be darker, then added another wash of Hawk Turqoise.
Enchanted Blue is darker than Hawk Turqoise so if it comes to shading - you always apply darker colour first (if you want to get a similar effect )
5. Highlight I
Ok now I applied the base colour mixed with glaze medium to remove those annoying blue stains.
Then started slowly highlighting in about 5 layers mixing gradually Violet with Warlock Purple and diluting the mix with water and glaze medium.
Remember to remove the excessive amount of paint from your brush with a paper towel - I was rather glazing to achieve a smooth blend here than painting with wet paint. Applied many thin layers of almost transparent paint.
Start with 1/4 Warlock Purple to 3/4 Violet and add some water + glaze medium.
Highlight up to pure Warlock purple. (I highlight everything 'going' to the edges of the mini)
6. Highlight II
When finished with Warlock Purple similarily as before I started adding Sunburst Yellow to purple - also with water and glaze medium.
I know this is kinda strange - first you will get a strange 'dirty' orange - don't worry - apply it just to the edges , after a few layers , when you come closer to a pure yellow it will look better
I used pure yellow just for fine highlights on the edges.
6. Destroy what you have done so far! (just joking ) Shading II
Ok now it's the funniest thing - Wash or rather glaze all the armour pieces with Smoke Ink - remember it must be semi-transparent - so dilute it heavily with water and remove the excessive amount on a paper towel!!!
Apply untill it looks good - I was happy with this:
At the end apply small white dots to the tips/edges of armour.
Going to make myself dinner (hmm maybe spaghetti) and will start doing golden NMM
Any comments ??
Thanks for showing the step by step procedure of how you obtain those colors. I am curious as to how it will look when completed...
Will show golden nmm later today - possibly will finish 1st mini tomorrow
*Yawn* too sleepy today... Will update 'morrow morning - finished nmm on the chestguard
Ok Gold NMM
For golden nmm I use:
1. Base colour
Mix some Snakebite with Black - you should get a dark green colour. Apply this colour to the areas that will be gold.
2. Highlight I
Start highlighting the colour you have applied up to pure Snakebite leather - the best way is to set 1 point where the lights reflect, and highlight to that point - I chose the front left side of the model.
3. Highlight II
When you reach pure Snakebite , start adding white paint
Up to pure white on the edges
Glaze everything with heavily diluted snakebite leather - this will give a crispy, warm look to the nmm - don't worry that it will turn the white highlights to yellow - it should be this way.
Then highlight again with pure white. ( the edges)
You can repeat this step as long as you like - the more glazes and highlights - the better the nmm looks.
5. Paint up the rest of nmm pieces
6. Fine details
I painted the sash and cord on his right foot using
Vallejo Model Colour Deck Tan
Base colour - Turqoise + Deck Tan , highlights with Deck Tan , and later white
Ok - it's for now.
I'm preparing the base and finishing arms at the moment, will try to update later today.
Last edited by nirvasch; February 26th, 2010 at 16:21.
That looks phenomenal. A good tutorial on some good purple/pink coloring and what appears to be non-metallic gold.
I'll definitely have to try those some time... although I have no idea where to find nor use that 'glaze medium' you mentioned. Great work!
Double post. Sorry.
Last edited by Zarachius; February 28th, 2010 at 04:46. Reason: Double post. Needs deletion.