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I have a pretty bad visual imagination. What I'm trying to do with my stealth suits is to achieve a "tron-like" look, as I've seen done before. It's usually done with an extremely dark, midnight blue for the main suit and highlights of a bright blue. I wish I had a picture to show it but I don't. Basically it draws attention away from the main surfaces and shows a few details so strongly that you don't notice most of the suit. Very appropriate for a stealth suit.
Anyway, I'm trying to fit this kind of really striking look into my color scheme. I'm using scab red, bronzed flesh, and bleached bone as the main colors. Any ideas on how I can achieve it? I'm thinking dark undercoat, darkened red/browns for the main suit, but I don't quite know what to do with the highlights. Should it be a bright red, or an orange/white? Should I put it on the edges of panels, or into the recesses?
Obviously the undersuit and recesses are going to be the glowing part. I don't think Bronzed Flesh or Bleached Bone are the right colours for this. Better to use Blood Red or even add some orange to it (Blazing/Firery orange it doesn't really matter). As long as this colour looks like it could be used on a neon sign. Best to do the light colours first.
To keep this part bright you're going to have to undercoat with white. No need to undercoat the whole thing white. Do what I call a 'partial undercoat' and use white on the recesses (if you get it on the armour plates it doesn't matter, you're going over those bits with a dark colour anyway).
Scab red is pretty good for the rest though you might want to darken it with Scorched Brown (black would make it look even greyer). 2 ways to do it: Quick and potentially messy drybrushing which will probably miss the recesses OR painstaking and careful. I did a LotR Balrog of Khazad-Dum (the firebeast from the first movie). I just drybrushed the darker colours. You may want to be more careful than I was because Tau armour has smoother lines.
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Originally Posted by DireStrike
The best way to do it is to basecoat a stealth in the highlight color (Djinni blue in my case), then fill in the open spaces in black. You can also prime the whole thing in black, carfully highlight all the lines and edges in blue, then clean them up with black, but I found the 1st way faster and easier.
I'll post pics tommorrow.
1) Kinda depends on your army colors. Whatever you decide, I would only mix a pinch of that color into the black. For the effect to work, you have to use a very, very dark base color.Originally Posted by MiketehFox
2) A steady hand! Its tedious work. its almost impossible to freehand perfect lines over the entire stealth but its a lot easier to paint ALONG the edges of the lines that exist. Thats why it's easier to basecoat the thing in your highlight color, then fill in the spaces with the black.
Originally Posted by Mead
WOW. That might be... one of the best looking wh40k minis I've ever seen. I'm gonna msg this guy and ask him how he did it.