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I recently bought a box of cygnar sword knights (warmachines). If you've ever seen them, theyre very armor-y and covered with all sorts of regal...regalia, so i decided that i ought to go for a very bright and shiny color theme: white, silver, gold...and pearl!!! I thought to myself, "hey wait....how the heck do i make pearl!" Well, i've come to some sort of success, as i've found out how to make a crappy kind of pearl that is going to take a lot of practice to get looking good. Heres what i did:
I started by mixing white with bronzed flesh. Plenty of white, and just a tiny bit of flesh. I mixed it on paper as i painted, so i never really had a consistant shade, but you couldnt really tell once it all came together. It becomes a peachy-pink kind of color...very wussy, in fact.
After that i HEAVILY watered down boltgun metal and applied it in several coats, so that it would at first only make the armor look faintly metallic. Then i started using a thicker mix, to fill in all the recesses and try to acheive some sort of highlighting. (also because i had no clue how i was going to highlight this mess) Eventually what i did was i took my brush, put plenty of water on it, and rubbed away some of the silver from the edges of the flatter peices of armor, so that it would be less silver and a little more peach.
And viola! Pearl!
Unfortunately its still pretty rough around the edges. Heres a few things I did wrong that I plan on working on:
must have a VERY even coat of the base peach color. Because any brush strokes or gobby paint patches are DRASTICALLY highlighted by the silver. Makes it look like complete trash!
also, i need to get some mixing pots, especially for the watered down silver. If I didnt have an even consistency, i would have to fill my brush with water and try and get rid of as much silver as possible, then start over on that part. Its a dangerous game, playing with watered down silver!
So...has anyone else tried making pearl? Am i wasting my time because theres already a pearl paint somewhere out there? haha
I'm almost 100% positive that you can buy an acrylic Pearl paint in the crafts and hobby section at Wal-Mart for $.99. This would save you a bit of time and effort for the same look.
In addition to pearl paint you can get pearl medium which you mix with another color to give it a pearl quality.
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