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I have recently aquired some Dragon Princes, and need advice on painting them. I was planning on a blue laquer(sp?) effect, like the green one in the army book, and if anyone could provide tips on technique it would be a big help. All suggestions welcomed.
I recently got my first set of the newer Dragon Prince models too. I decided to do the same, but with a red lacquer. I have almost finished one model (the main armour is done) and this is how I went about it.
Firstly, after your undercoat, paint the face as normal. This is almost impossible to get into afterwards without messing up the red - or in your case blue - as I found out to my detriment on the test model.
Next is the base for your colour. You need to paint the entire armour with a metallic colour (in my case, I used mithril silver).
After the base-coat you move on to the main part. This needs rather a lot of coats of ink. My first few coats were pure red ink but I was slightly unhappy with the way it was coming out. It was a little too pink for my liking. The solution was to use a 2 parts red ink : 1 part blood red mixture, rather than pure ink. This gave me better coverage and deepened the red colour considerably (I have no idea whether this will be necessary with blue, but I thought I would mention it just in case.
After somewhere around 4-5 coats of this (they take a looong time to dry, so I would suggest you have something else on hand that you can work on) you can stop once you are happy with the colour. Now after this it was a simple matter of highlighting the sharp edges of the armour using normal blood red (blue in your case) and painting the cloth, plume of hair on the back and the lance as normal.
I'm very happy with the way it has turned out so far and I'll see if I can get a pic or two up of my test model.
OKay, I uploaded a few shots of the Dragon Prince to my Photobucket account:
Hope it's been of help to you. I'm chuffed with how they turned out, and had fun trying to figure out how to get that effect.
Usual gem colours are red, blue or green. Although any strong colour would look fine. I've seen someone with purple gems that looked superb.
how did you get the gold effect on the chainmail if you dont mind my asking? I have just bought my first high elf battle force today and feel like i am getting high off cheap super glue fumes which is probably a cue for me to pack up for the night.
But i was considering the same colour effect for all the chainmail in the army, i find that the colour scheme on the boxes seems a little bit bland and i was also going to go for a red outline over the models cloaks as well as red spear shafts, if i remember that is how they looked back in the day defore they re-designed the models.
Eldrad, your request is not really part of this post, so I'm going to answer it quick before a Mod gets here and tells us the same thing. Basically, it's just gold paint, (whatever color/shade you want) and then some chestnut ink. That's the standard way do it, but he may have another method. The second method is painting the gold areas with a brown color first, and then drybrushing the gold on.
As for painting the laquer (god that's a wierd word!!) on your armor, start by base-coating the whole armor in black. Then paint lighter and lighter colors onto the armor, one on top of the armor. The edges and crevases should be black or very dark blue, fading up until the raised parts or corners are very bright. Be warned however that this method will only work on a black base-coat, and that it might give an overly-brooding look to your model.