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I was reading the new english white dwarf and there was a article in there on how to paint Black Templars.
I was reading a part about highlighting them and they suggested that you do a light drybrush over the armor and then you should get nice highlights.
Now can this work and is drybrushing a good form of highlighting,in particular black?
The way I see it is like this: Drybrushing is a good beginners tool to add color variance to a model. It is also quick for what you can do with it. The downside I usually see with drybrushing is an irregular chalky surface. Some people can achieve some really good effects with drybrushing but usually there are other methods that work much better.
I am not against drybrushing - but rather have the viewpoint that it is useful for certain applications. It is great for adding color variance to rocks/rubble, metal, etc.
Now if smoothness is not your goal and speed is your number 1 priority drybrushing will be the way to go.
But i was specifically talking about drybrushing being used as a way to highlight armor,specifially black.
And i agree with what your saying in the above.
Sure you could use it to highlight armor. You could use drybrushing to highlight anything. However the quality you achieve will most likely not be what you would get by using other methods.
I am thinking they are showing this as a method to quickly paint black templars.
Drybrushing is great for textured surfaces, terrain, and vehicles. Otherwise I reccomend against it, the dirty chalky look isn't very good.
Drybrushing is _DEFINITELY_ _NOT_ a good idea to paint black armor. Black is a very specific color, in itself. If you want an easy paintjob, just apply a thin layer of Gloss Varnish over black undercoat. It will look amazing, trust me.
I don't know about the gloss. In my opinion it makes it look like Latex. I am a bit confused by your statement of black being a very specific color - what do you mean by this?
I agree that drybrushing will probably not look very good but I see it as a viable option. If someone is very skilled at it and used the right colors I don't see why it would look horrible. In most instances though it would turn out chalky.
Last edited by slorak; October 25th, 2005 at 17:39.
Originally Posted by slorak
I agree with Mike. Drybrushing can have its uses, but personally I think black is NOT one color that's amenable to drybrushing. I personally think that thinned shadow grey outlining works best for a deep, black color, as evidenced by my chappie's armor:
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Another alternative is to use codex grey highlights, as well.
So, in short, drybrushing has a use, but not on black.
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I really don't like trying to point out that something is "wrong" (meaning painting styles or techniques). Drybrushing is something that can be done - even on black. That said I agree with others that there are other methods that will reveal better results.
I am sure the GW article talking about drybrushing the black templars was designed specifically to be quick. It is usually much quicker to do a base coat and drybrush rather than base coat, shadow, highlight, highlight layer 2, etc. etc.
More specifically one should look at what is important for him/her when painting up a figure, army, etc. Is speed your paramount concern? Is quality your concern? I simply the adventure of painting itself your concern? Based on these questions the methods you use should come to you.