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Just started a Space Marine army and I decided on a colour scheme - the Knights of the Raven - and I'm wondering what colours I'll need and any tips you might have on getting them to look alright.
Keep in mind that I'm very new at this - haven't touched paint of any sort in years, let alone try to paint something this small - and I'm not trying to win any painting competitions; I just want them to look presentable for use on the table.
I suggest painting the armor with a mix of 50/50 space wolf grey + white, and the trims black...
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Would that work? Looks a bit more of a silvery colour to me and the site I found that pic on described their armour as 'burnished silver'.
EDIT: Also, what would I be looking at for flesh? Some of the marines don't have helmets and I'm not sure what colours to use for their faces.
Flesh Tones from any series paints.. Everyone here suggests using a Devlan Mud wash on the face.. I believe that the application is base color, wash, highlight. I am still trying to master this technique myself.
Yes, the color you see there is more of a white-gray. And if you were to go with metallics, you would start to look like a Gray-Knights army. As it is, you are getting close to a White-scars army.
Okay, so what paints should I buy? I'm wanting a list so that I can get them all at once rather than buy some then have to stop part-way through painting to duck up to the game store and get more. What I've got so far is:
Space Wolf Grey
Ultramarine Blue (for the eye lenses)
Red Gore (for the wax part of purity seals)
Bleached Bone (for the parchment)
Devlan Mud wash
Badab Black wash (for getting a bit of definition on some of the black details; like the winged skull emblem on the dreadnought's sarcophagus)
Mithril Silver (for the commander's lightning claws)
Maybe Snot Green for the targeting lenses on the dreadnought?
Any other colours you think I'll need or is that about it?
Actually it might be best to start with something simple, like the white+grey mix. Save a burnished silver look for terminators and such.
So does that list of paints in my last post seem about right? Any I've missed or could do without?
My understanding of hte Badab Black Wash... It has no effect when used on black.
The Elf flesh would at best be a highlight for the dwarf flesh. As it is, you simply need to get some highlight shades for all the other colors.
Bleached Bone is great for the Purity Seal Parchements, but only if used of a brown of some sort to make it look aged.. Meaning you use the Bleached Bone as the Base color with Devlan Mud Wash as it is intended, then weather the edges.
So ditch Badab Black? Would Skull White work for highlighting the armour (since it'll be a pale grey)? And would Ultramarine Blue work for the commander's cloak, or would that seem a bit too off?
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Ok, let's try again. Regarding the armour, if you want that gray look, you're off to a good start. SW gray highlighted with Skull White will look pretty good. For a wash, I find that on marine armour, it's better to carefully apply it to the seams and cracks with a fine-tipped brush. It's either that or, after slathering it on, you'll have to go back and "clean up" using your basecoat color, especially with SW gray. Also, you might consider something other than black for washing. It might be worth it to take Shadow Gray and water that down to wash thickness and use that. If you insist on the Citadel washes, consider Asurmen Blue rather than Badab Black, or a mix of the two.
If you want to do the "chrome" look a la the Grey Knights, the simple way is to basecoat with Boltgun Metal, black wash, and Mithril Silver highlight. One thing about the Citadel washes. They are fantastic, but I find they work best when shading a lighter color. It takes many successive coats, I find, to get good shading on Boltgun Metal. A thinned-down black paint might work better for you, and it might help to mix the paint 50/50 with a dark blue (darker than Ultramarine), if you wind up going that route for washing.
For the eyes/cloaks, you can go with blue, but I think if you do that, with the blue/gray look you already have, it's gonna look too monochromatic. Common practice is to use a contrary color for eye lenses. Remember, if you're going to play a game with these guys, you won't be looking at them from a distance closer than three feet most of the time. An all-blue model will look like a blob on the table, and none of your hard work will stand out. I'd suggest a basecoat of Scab Red, first "crescent" (read tutorials on eye lens painting to see what I mean) of Blood Red, and a final crescent of a 50/50 mix of Blood Red and Blaze Orange. Don't forget the dot of Skull White to complete the illusion. It sounds like a lot, but after 2-3 heads, this will seem second nature!
For cloaks, I also suggest a red or orange. Now, I'm not talking "Bozo the Clown" red or anything. You can do the same Scab Red basecoat, wash with Badab Black (slather it on, this time), then highlight with the Scab Red, and finally add a little Blaze Orange to the red for a final highlight.
For something a little more unusual, try this: Basecoat with a 50/50 mix of Vermin Brown and Dark Flesh. Wash with Devlan Mud. Add 1-2 highlights, adding more Vermin Brown to your basecoat mix with each highlight. Finish with an extreme highlight of pure vermin brown. That will give you a deep orangey-brown color. I'm using that mix on my armour plating for my Warmachine models, and it's very distinctive, yet not "bright." Grab a model or two you don't care about and experiment with these schemes. Sometimes seeing it on the model is the best way to know if it will work. If you wind up hating it, read the threads here on LO on stripping paint off and try again!
Good luck, and post pics!
EDIT: One more thing: Some of the best face tutorials I've seen are on GW's Web site. You have to register (it's free), then click on "White Dwarf." On the lefthand column, choose "White Dwarf Archive," then "Painting and Modeling," then click "Masterclasses." Look for "Painting Faces" and "Painting Faces Redux."