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I'm a Dark Angels player. My army has been a work in progress since the release of the Codex (I am a very casual painter and am afforded very little time alas).
I have always had a deep passion for making my armour look battleworn, and also favour a really dark pallette most of the time, which has caused me to run into some problems, and I thought I would see if there was anyone out there experiencing similar issues. My problem is as follows:
I am having a lot of trouble making my battle damage on Dark Angels Green armour look realistic.
It tends to look more like I have just splashed Boltgun Metal all over the place (examples are posted below). When I read articles regarding using Sponges to paint Battle Damage (a technique I really like the results of) they all focus on a light coloured armour, with a darker colour sponged on, and then the highlight or metallic colour. I have made efforts to try Chaos Black but it doesnt translate very well. I have also attempted in the example below a mix of Tin Bitz and Boltgun, followed by a highlight of Boltgun Metal... but again, I'm not overly happy with the results.
Posted below is Francis The Test Dred. Poor Francis is the guinea pig for many of my ametur plans, hence the weathering powder and burned in bullet holes.
As you can see, I would like the end result to be a miniature that looks absolutely battered. But I just can't seem to make it work.
As you can see below, on my Deathwing, I'm kinda getting there... it looks a little more realistic at least, but then, I prefer my Deathwing looking a bit brighter
Does anyone out there have any hints or advice on how I can make my mini's look like battleworn and weathered when their armour is very dark? I would really appreciate it. Also, if anyone has any CC on Francis, or his Deathwing mate, it would be most welcome.
Thanks in advance guys
Instead of using a chaos black base for your battle damage try using scorched brown. It is still dark but as it has a tint of red in it should still provide a nice bit of contrast. Maybe even try dark flesh if the scorched brown sits too deep into the green.
Remember when you paint on your metal to leave brown showing and you don't need to paint over every bit of brown base.
Another good tip with battle damage is that less is better than more. Use small amounts and focus on areas that will be more prone to damage.
If you want to dirty up some mud effects, drybrush and/or stipple a base of scorched brown then some graveyard earth. They should be good with dark angels green.
Finally check out justice for alls sponge tutorial with the colours I suggested.
Experimentation is key
Thank you for the advice Muse. Im going to be doing some painting today, so I will give Francis a new coat and let you know how he turns out
Be sure to post pics
Chaos Black will only "Jar" with the top colour (almost everytime). A dark brown is best - for pretty much any colour armour...unless it's metallic, in which case battle-damage becomes a whole lot more of a headache. But seriously, the above comment is 100% the best advice!
Always "knock it back" to a colour just deeper than the basecoat of the armour panel you wish to "distress".
Thanks Fantastic Mr Fox. You'll get + rep if you can name the link between my forum sig and your forum user name!
...just kidding, you get some rep anyway
I have every intention of having a bash at this method as soon as I get a bit of time. The last few days I've had my first ever attempt at wet blending my miniatures. I'll throw some pics of that when I get my next spurt of courage!
Once again, thank you very much for the tips guys
Hey! He gets rep for quoting me and saying he agrees? Lol.
How have you got on with the brown? Mr fox is right though. Scorched brown is pretty much your best bet for most colours. Although I have seen some light colours done well with bone
Sorry, I meant my forum pic and your user name. But the connection is that my avatar is a character from a Wes Anderson film, who recently did a wonderful adaptation of Fantastic mr Fox, dont worry though man, you got rep anyway
Dont sweat it Muse mate, I repped you tooo. Honestly, I'm usually so pathetically grateful that anyone has taken the time to respond to my pleas that they get rep either way!!
If it's a big dent/scratch then use a 2:1 mix of a dark brown/boltgun and then a pure boltgun streak right in the middle of the bare metal area. - but this is only necessary on tanks etc.
Kev, it's true tho - with damage, less is more when the model's finished - no need to overdo it. Many details are insinuated at rather than blatently displayed. The brain picks up more than we think when people look at our miniatures....