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I got the paints it said to use on the box. For the main body it says shadow gray. I painted them this way and they look way to dark. When i read the codex at one part it says to paint them space wolves gray and another part says to paint them shadow gray. I also noticed that the pictures of space wolves don't look as dark as mine do.
Do i paint them shadow gray or space wolf gray?
Or is there a certain technique to get them to look lighter?
Space Wolves 12-1
Wood Elves 1-2
Heaps of people have this problem, that is, getting the color right, it takes quite a bit of skill to get spacewolves right. or lots of luck. thats why you see so many space puppies winning painting contests, its challenging.
Sorry about that, im not help am i?....
You are using the right colors, however the miniatures you see are not just painted one color. The artist starts off with the darkest grey and paints a base coat. Then they add a little of the lighter grey and paint the miniature again. However this time they leave a little of the darkest grey showing through in the deepest recesses. They add a little more lighter grey and do it again, covering less area. They repeat this process gradually lightening the paint as they paint less and less area, concentrating in the highest points of the miniature and any edges. Toward the end they start to add white or other very light color to the paint to make the highest points and edges very light.
How they apply the paint are the techniques you can see discussed in various threads on this and other forums. They include, but are not limited to, blending, dry brushing, washing, glazing, and black lining. Each of these is a method of applying paint in a particular way to achieve a certain effect. They may also involve the use of inks and thinning regular paint.
One more thing that makes it very hard to match the pictures published by GW is they use photo correction on their pictures. They often affect the color of the picture and what you see is not the real life color of the miniature. The picture will never match the paint unless you custom mix colors.
This is a lot like with the Tau. I painted a squad of them codex colors a while ago. I got the codex, and saw that my painted guys were a lot darker than in the codex, with or without the brown basecoat that the codex said was used. I guess I've found the answer. They edited the images! Those cheating scumbags... Anyway, I bet highlighting will make the mini lighter. It tricks the eye, I guess.
Thanks. Now i don't have to worry about painting them another color.
Space Wolves 12-1
Wood Elves 1-2
To be honest, you may paint them whatever shade of Grey (or any other colour for that matter) you desire.
Many players favour a more traditional Grey over the Space Wolves 'Pale Blue' look, wheras I actually prefer using the Space Wolves 'pale blue' Grey.
It would pay you to visit Wolfraiders Den, which is accesible via his signature. I myself have looked through it thoroughly and whilst I do not favour his choice of colours, much can be learned about the techniques that should be used to paint Wolves.
I feel Space Wolves Grey lends itself better to the Snowy and Icy landscapes of Fenris, the World from which the Space Wolves hail.
Most of the figures in the Space Wolves Codex are painted in the Space Wolves Grey colour and this is nothing like the effect that will be achieved using Shadow, Fortress or Codex greys.
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