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I want to start a predominantly white Space Marine army (like the White Scars), but its difficult getting the light colours (white and red could it be any worse! to look good. I have a black/red themed army, and they look good, but my white models are looky a bit thick... Does anyone have any good tips? Also, is there any feasible way to quickly paint white models with highlights, and keep them looking white?
i've played white scars for quite a while and let me tell you their little buggers to paint.
but after alot of trial and error (and i mean alot ) you get the hang of it
first of all if your going for a pure white look then your not going to get highlights on their since you cant get lighter than white.
this is the way i do it, firstly spray it white then cover the whole thing with a thinned down chesnut ink (sounds strange i know) then i mix bleached bone with skull white (2parts white 1part bleached bone) and paint it on but leaving the darker areas of chestnut ink alone eg. the deep areas followed by a pure white coat over everything exept the chestnut ink areas and the area around it. with the red on the shoulder pads
so in the end it should look as though the marine is white with some some serious shading remember not to leave to much of the ink showing as this WILL make it look orange
this is just the way i do it and a fully painted army looking like this does look quite good
This is an excellent article on painting and defining white.
If the models are looking gluggy then your paint is too thick. I know you said you wanted it done quickly but multiple coats of thin paint is better than a single thick coat. Unfortunately speed and quality are often on opposite ends of the scale.
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