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i have been seeing alot about nmm and i dont get what it actually means can anyone explain this for me ?? i hear it in relation to painting so i think this is the right place for it apoligies if its not
NMM stands for Non Metal Metallic. It is a painting style in which you use non metal paints to achieve a metal look. Mostly used in 2d paintings - it has really taken off with the Confrontation range of miniatures - basically creating their default look.
Do a search on this forum and I am sure you will find several threads on the subject.
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NMM painting is a skill which one can only admire. To emulate the skills of two-dimensional painting is admirable, but I wonder why we don't go all the way and use oils instead of acrylics; I do, but that's another story.
NMM is not easy and only the best artists can achieve satisfactory results. However, it tends to suit best the style of painting which displays a love of bright, clean colours; I call it Disney art, but this is not meant to be derogatory, merely to readily identify its appearance.
If you belong, as I do, to the realism school of miniature painting, metallic paints and inks are our stock in trade and our miniatures are darker in overall tone. The colours have to be in scale with the mini and the scenario; I personally stop short with the highlighting process about one or two layers below the Disney painters so as to avoid artificiality. These are after all wargaming figures in the main.
I won't explain it as others have done but basically that's what it is - painting metal without using metal colours. There are of course varients of it now days - SENMM (Sky Earth Non Metal Metal) which is painting the reflection of the sky and ground upon equipment etc.
But truth be told.. I'm not a fan of NMM. I often find it too cartoony and it appears if you can't do the techinque then you cannot name yourself as a good painter or won't win many awards etc. I just don't like it. I will course attempt it when I'm brave enough but I don't really see it featuring much in my painting.