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Sitting down with the bunch of GW paints, I'm starting a Silver Skulls force. I would like to know, how would I paint silver power armor? I tired drybrushing, but I didn't like the look. I'm looking for a solid metallic color, as they painted the Silver Skulls in the codex and on the website.
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Thanks in advance!
That's similar to the Grey Knights.
For the armour, the traditional method is to start with Boltgun Metal, then wash with black of some kind, either thinned paint or use GW's Badab Black (paint might work better, actually). Then, highlight with Chainmail and/or Mithril Silver. A blue glaze or wash (like Asurmen Blue) in the middle stages somewhere will accentuate that "blue steel" look, if that's what you want. Regardless, if you don't prime black and leave some black showing in the recesses during basecoating, be prepared to go back and do a tad of blacklining, as the washes, I find, don't always do the trick with Boltgun Metal. YMMV, as AAA says.
An alternative is to start with mixing metallics and regular paints, then doing a layer or two with more and more metallic, doing a varnish, then highlighting with pure metal. The effect is a metal scheme that looks a bit more realistic, or at the very least, really makes the highlights "pop," which definitely suggests the idea of "gleaming" metal much better than the old-fashioned way above. I'll be putting up pics soon in my WIP log where I've had some success doing this with gold. Silver is still a WIP for me. I started with mixing Boltgun Metal with Codex Grey, but the wash didn't take so well. May need to blackline, or start with Mithril Silver mixed with... something. Still experimenting.
I'd have to agree with Canew's technique using boltgun metal, blue wash and chainmail/mithril silver hightlight. I've used it and it works very well. I'd only add that if you add a little skull white to the mithril silver for a final edge highlighting it really makes the armor pop visually.
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I agree with Canew and Chirality, but to get the look i see on the page you linked, i would simply go with boltgun metal, chainmail and mithril silver followed by a dark wash. I painted my SM/grey knights army that way but i only used a wash on the edge of the shoulder pads after making that edge gold. The trick i learned to let the metal colors blend togheter nicely is to water them down much more than other colors.
Any suggestion on how to get the look with NMM?
Thanks very much.
NMM is not an easy thing to do one such a large area of metallics like power armour, but if you get it right it can look stunning. I would personally recommend that you get to grips with shading metallics before you try NMM on a large scale. The reason for this is so that you can understand how light "bends" and reflects on metallics - this is essential as NMM relies not on how the paint behaves, but more on how light does.
If you're definitely desperate to go the NMM route, then that's cool, but go your local library and look at some sculpture books (particulary stainless steel or even jewellery books) and pay particular attention to the way the light reflects off metals in photogrpahs, a good understanding of light refraction is the key to good NMM.
The other rather more important point is that NMM is great on display models and on showpiece/character models, but you really must ask yourself if you want to spend a LOOOOONG time doing your force and a LOT of money buying paints........(!)......reason being a 4/5 stage paint job will effectively turn into a 10-12 stage paint job for NMM.
In other words, I would advise against NMM for painting a tabletop force unless you restrict it to weaponry and details. Doing the whole armour this way will take forever and are you really going to do the whole force this way before either running out of steam or patience or paint. You could end up regretting it.
Anyway, on a more positive note - good luck with it. I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on.
(On a side note, I saw someone paint some sororitas/SOB with chainmail and then give them a heavy sepia wash recently, the resulting colour looked amazing after only those two stages, I realise that this won't be any good for silver marines, but the process is the same when using a blue and black mixed wash, just remember to test it out on a spare marine first so you get the right level of water in the mix. The thicker your wash mix, the more blotchy and darker the overall finish. If it's too dark you will spend a long time highlighting up to make it lighter. Best to play around and perfect the mix before you commit it to your force).
Use Tamiya color Acrylic XF-56 Metallic Grey. You can skip out on highlighting and ink wash.
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