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OK with DE around the corner it's time to scheme/plan/plot from the Comorragh!
Here are the GW 'official schemes' as I can discern. (There's a red one too )
black/purple/midnight blue, contrast ice blue - possibly a green could work?
black / green - contrast red/light purple
black/blue-green contrast purple
Purple - contrast - ice blue??
I myself like the bottom one in terms of the colour however I don't know how I'd manage to replicate it. Does anyone have any hints/tips?
I would think to undercoat black and then highlight in white then paint over the purple to give the effect but I'm not sure.
My last DE were a horrid liche purple, it was flat and fugly. That was about 10 years ago however and my painting has obviously come on a lot, but I still don't know how I'd manage that scheme.
Also what other colours could I use for the hair aside from icy blue... According to colour theory orange should work for contrast but it might look a bit out of place.
you might want to look into the foundation paints wrather than use white. Highlighting the edges is a tricky and time consuming process.
Green alwasy looks good with Purple, also yellow is a direct contrast to Purple and would really pop if used for the cloths and such.
I've gotten my wife (she's super arty!) to give me a colour theory brush up. I'm a bit useless when it comes to that. Yes yellow contrasts but possibly too much - although GW yellows are a bit thin, so so light blues and pinks would work well to compliment possibly with orange or green. Basically I have more options for hair than light blue alone!!
I'm more wondering about the effect of the mini's left leg (our right) how the purple is done to fade into the black
From that picture, it looks like the 'fade' could be done easily enough with 3 - 4 layers. Obviously, you paint the armor black. Do a thick highlight of a very dark purple (mix in black if you only have one color). That gets followed with a thin (normal) highlight of pure purple, and then mix in some white and do a final highlight.
Certain colored highlights (purple, blue, gray, brown) can look like a fade on black when they're really not that fancy (multi-layered blends and whatnot).
Yeah, the fade is achieved through multiple very thin layers. It's a time consuming process, but it's worth it if you can do it right. Just slowly work up to the highlight.