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Just wanted to post up here and see if I can get some responses as I know BFG is not widely played. The ship minis are so unlike other miniatures and I wanted to find out if anyone has any tips or tricks for painting them well.
I so far have used the standard drybrush technique, and it works alright, but not great. GW/Specialist games also suggests that one could potentially spray lighter shades of spraypaint to give a nice effect, but I probably wouldn't want to try that (I figure its the fastest way to do it, so the results probably suck).
But then the only other option that I know of is to paint it like any 40k mini and paint every part of it by hand, in detail. The reason this would be a pain, for those who don't know about BFG ships, is because the level of detail is so much greater to convey a greater scale (mile long ships as opposed to 6 foot tall people/aliens). There are hundreds if not thousands of nooks and crannies on a standard Imperial cruiser, and painting one by hand could be tedious, especially when it comes to highlighting.
Any tips or input, please don't be shy. Thanks in advance.
One thing you could try would be to paint (not drybrush) a first coat of a lighter color you want the ship to be and then wash it with a complimentary ink. The ink should go in the recessess of the miniature and make the details stand out. Once this is dry you can go back and highlight certain areas to bring out the details even more.
I would hit the model with dulcote after you are finished to get rid of the shine.
Hope that helps!
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The way i would do it and have seen many people do it is slightly difrent to sloraks way although using some of the same methods.
Base coat of the colour you want.
Give it a ink wash with a slightly darker colour than the base coat.
Drybrush with colours getting lighter (only a light drybrush you don't want to pick up everything to much)
Then pick out all the details in just the same way you would a normal miniture.
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