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Well I wanted to paint my Kasrkins like stormtroopers from Star Wars for my Daemhunters army.
Someone told me the best way to paint the white is to paint Codex grey, then fortress grey, then finally skull white.
Can anyone tell me exactley how to do this because when I tried it looked ridiculous.
Do you drybrush the colours on or what? If not then why would you paint one colour over another, then it would just cover it up.
I'm going to take a guess and say that the problem may be that you aren't thinning your paints down enough. I've painted a few Black Templars, so I've had to deal with this problem. I honestly end up using at least 5 or 6 coats before it starts to look white. Even then, if I was to paint white directly on top of the result, you can tell the difference. So if you're looking to highlight, you can probably do it towards the end with a thicker coat of white that would flow all over the place.
As far as using the multiple layers of gray, I'm starting to suspect that's just superstition. If you're looking to do some highlighting, enough of the black from the previous layers should show through at each step that you can pull it off using just white. Assuming you have sufficient brush control (unlike me.) In all fairness, however, I still do buy into the superstition enough to start with a coat of Fortress Gray before using several coats of thinned down white.
one of the best Whites i've seen was brown (bestial i think) over a black undercoat & then it was slowly mixed up lighter until it was white.
"I'm gonna stomp 'em to dust. I'm gonna grind their bones. I'm gonna burn down dere towns and cities. I'm gonna pile 'em up inna big fire and roast 'em. I'm gonna bash 'eads, break faces and jump up and down on da bits dat are left. An' den I'm gonna get really mean."
Well I'm still not clear. You first paint with one colour then drybrush with the next and leave the recceses (sp?)? What about when you do flat areas like shoulder pads that have no recceses?
I use multiple layers of grey to build up shading for my highlighted white. I dry brush multiple layers of white, and yes white is a ***** to paint onto black, you need at least 10 coats to get it to look pretty decent.
Lets say if you drybrush your greys onto the model it will be very easy to see how
your white will look like when its drybrushed on.
-HONORABLE MENTIONS IN BLITZKRIEG PAINTING COMP-
"THAT I.G. GUY WITH THAT OVERDEVELOPED TRIGGER FINGER"
Drybrushing?! DRYBRUSHING?!!? For shame dear lad!! For shame!! Nay thou shalt not use drybrushing!
Sorry but everyone seems to think drybrushing is the answer, IMO it's not. That is best used to cloaks or beards, it's used to catch the raised edges only. Not good for normal painting.
But what you are asking is how to get white, I use white often and here's how I do it. (Note, this is over a black undercoat).
Base colour - Codex grey
Next layer - Codex/Fortress Grey mix
Next ayer - Fortress Grey
Next Layer - Fortress/Skull white mix
Final layer - Skull white
Now seems like a lot but if your paints are thinned you'll be doing more than just a single layer or like two or three per paint mix. Why do from grey? As you progress through them it makes the white much easier to take and brighter, trying to do white straight over a black undercoat is a bad idea.
Might not want to paint them like Storm Troopers, though. It'll curse your Kasrkins, and they won't be able to hit anything. Just like the real Storm Troopers. :yes:
Shadow grey is a pretty good shading colour for white, though it does produce a very specific effect. I'd paint it on once you're completely done, just around the edges of some of the armour plate, to indicate, as the name suggests, shadows. Be very, very light with it though.. as white with too much added just looks dirty.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; October 23rd, 2005 at 23:56.
... Why would you want to paint white over a black undercoat anway? :shifty:
In my experience it's easier to spray a good coat of white, shade with thinned ink or paint, and then highlight up to white again. Takes a lot less time and generally gives better results.
I'm still confused. If you painting one colour over another, would that not just cover up the colour before hand?