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Hi, I'm looking for some help highlighting my yellow Space Marines. I've given them an ink wash, but it doesn't have the look I want Any help would be appreciated :yes:
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You can ink wash them with thinned brown ink, or a combo of thinned brown and orange ink. Then highlight with lighter yellow.
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The thing about yellow is that it's so bright, the color itself usually ends up being enough. what you're looking for is to leave a darker color in the crevices most of the time. I started imperial fists, and found out a technique where you water down snakebite leather, then apply it to a model which is primered white. this leaves a yellow color on the model itself, then a brownish in the crevices, which works well with a Golden Yellow final coat..
Like I said, I learned this from other painters, and it comes out fairly nice. Considering that your models are painted, you may have to apply a chestnut or flesh wash/ water mix specifically to the nooks and crannies of the model to get the desired effect.
When I paint yellow I begin with a basecoat of oranage (fiery or blazing depending on how "dark" I want 'em) and then highlight with Golden Yellow until I'm pleased. It works on my House Escher Necromunda minis and some Lizardmen I painted a while back.
You could mix a little white into your yellow which will make it lighter then use that as your highlight.
I have an imperial fist army that I am working on and I have found an awesome way to paint yellow. First, and foremost, black undercoat with yellow top coat is a bad thing. Either prime the model white or undercoat the yellow areas white, if you don't you will have to build up your yellow very slowly or it will look horrible. Then, all the yellow areas, mix 1 part red ink, one part yellow ink, one part golden yellow (or any other yellow equivalent you wish to use), and about 1 to 2 parts Future Floor Wax (diluted 1/2 wax and 1/2 water) (can be found at Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware, etc.. [GREAT STUFF]). Now wash all of the yellow parts with this mixtures just as you would an ink wash. The floor wax will gather to the creases of the model and automatically make the right sections darker for you. From here, just build up your yellows and always highlight the model with a mixture of skull white and the last yellow tint you used, unless you want multiple layers of highlight, then you just build up closer and closer to a white color. This is the best results I have with yellow, by far.
Last edited by briancv; October 30th, 2005 at 09:21.
Got any pictures of the results mate?Originally Posted by briancv
for me this has never failed..
light brown base (watch out for snakebite leather, it has bad coverage) use many thin coats of paint.. not 1 thick one..
add a drop of white to ur yellow to krank up its coverage, most yellows are notoriously bad for low coverage.
continue adding white for highlight.. all the way up to white is best.
That trick with the floor cleaner works fine but the same results can be achieved by dopping a couple of drops of dish washing liquid into your painting water (this will also cure you of the habit of licking your brushes- it worked for me).
Personaly, If I'm ever painting yellow I'd never base with black. I'd certainly base with white and then base with a darker yellow. To do this try thinning your yellow paint with yellow ink and then darken to taste with a hint of orange or brown ink. It'll probably take a few trys to get this right. Then give the figure a heavy highlight of yellow i.e. most of the figure. Then add a bit of white to your main yellow colour and give very thin highlights.
The big problem with highlighting the very bright, translucent colours like red and yellow (and to some degree all other colours) is that if the highlight is too strong then this will really alter the overall appearance of the figure- orange blood angels are a common symptom of this. Try using harsh highlight colours (ie a lot lighter colour- much white added normally) but really thin actual highlights- very thin lines on the most extreme edges.
The other guys who suggest avoiding many coats are right- it's dull and easy to mess up. Good luck.
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Here is my Yellow recipe
1- Black base coat
2- coat of Bestial Brown
3- Dry brush on Golden Yellow
4- coat of Sunburst Yellow
5- and finally detail/highlight with mix of 1/4 Sunburst Yellow and 3/4 Bleached Bone
The Bleach Bone seems to blend well with the yellow as apposed to just adding white. Plus if your painting Marines it adds a bit of weathered affect to the armor.
Hope this helps
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