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Okay, after basically memorizing the painting book distributed by GW and reviewing dozens of sites...I still cannot sucessfully blend that well...
Anyone wanna add some tips or techniques to how to actually blend...or is blending a dark art employed exclusively by the 'Eavy Metal team?
What I am doing now is putting two colors next to eachother and mixing the middle and painting that on between the highlight color, normal color, and dark color...It works somewhat well but I would like a better blending technique...suggestions?
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Inks can help too, water them down first.
I have yet to do proper blending and such but I know how it's done and you are doing it too quickly. Blending is not something to be done harshly and quickly. The idea is to get a smooth transition of colour from dark to light, this requires you know how to layer. Now basically you are required to do as follows;
Step one - Darkest colour.
Step Two - add a touch of the next colour to your base coat and leave just a little bit of the previous one showing.
Now you repeat step two, lightening the colour bit by bit until you move onto the next one and finally the ultimate colour blends into the tips and acts as a highlight. This technique is not something you can do in a few minutes flat and takes alot more than just three layers.
As said I am yet to blend properly, something I need to work on, but I know how it works.
Originally Posted by Fenrir
What you are trying to do is a technique called wet blending. To achieve this effect it is paramount that you use some type of retarder to extend the drying time of the paint. Considering how little paint you use when painting models of this size you will find that paint drys too quickly to achieve the goal you are after unless you use an extender.
I am sure you will find layering to be a much easier task until you have had some time to practice wet blending. Follow the advise KUF gave and you won't go wrong.
I paint this way, or something close to this way. I usually start like King Ulrik sad about blending then I go back and fix my mistakes the way you described it. The downside is that it takes a weary long time...Originally Posted by Fenrir
I did a "Emperorâ€™s Champion" really fast, started two days ago and finch it yesterday. Only 10 hours of painting :tongue:
Yeah you will definately need something to retard the drying time. Regular paints, (especially GW ones) will dry wayyy before you can effectively blend colors.
Well heres two methods that I've seen:
2 main colors
1. On the surface do three layers like this, primary-1(primary):1(2ndPrimary)-second primary.
2. then b/w the primary and 1:1, do 2:1. then for b/w 1:1 and second primary, do 1:2.
3. repeat, increasing the ratios and applying to appropiate area.
Use ratios but instead dry brush from base using primary until you reach 2nd primary.
Basically, black, black with red tint, blackish red, redish black, so on, changing the intensity.
if it looks back, do what i said earlier, use and ink, helps the blend if it didn't come out how you wanted.
Normal blending. i all i can say is that you need to REALLY water it down. Bloody lots. i mean it. almost like water. then multiple coats. the best example of shading that i have is a high elf mage i painted. i did 16+ layers for the blue on the cloak.
if you`re painting with acrylics I wouldn`t mix the colours on the model , unless working on large surface and using drying retarder. this method works best with oils.
most experienced painters use different approach, exploiting heavily watered down acrylics features. the main one is that watered down acrylics get semi transparent. thanks to it you could get smooth blends in several ways but that`s how I do it:
1. i apply fine, even layer of darkest colour
2. mix the lighter shade on a palette, adding water until I get consistency a only a bit thicker than milk
3. load the paint on the brush and then gently wipe it out on a tissue (if i don`t do it i may overload the brush and the paint would flood the model)
4. i work with swift, long movements starting with the place that i wish to be darkest to the point i wish to be brightest. it`s important not to brake the movement between those points. why? notice that in the place you end the brushstroke the most paint will settle, so if you finish in the place you want to be brighter the most paint will setlle there. as you paint with lighter shade it will look brighter and that`s what you want , isn`t it?
if you brake the moevent you`ll end with several such brighter places and that will look rather messy.
5. after apllying several coats of such brighter , semi - transparent shade i start working with even brighter one (working gradually on smaller and smaller areas , to leave previous layers visible) and I repeat the process until I`m satisfied.
... well , hope you`ll be able to understand it . as with most of the painting techniques it`s easier to show it than explain with words .
I just wanted to say that this is very good advice. Thanks for posting it!Originally Posted by Pshemas
Last edited by slorak; December 27th, 2005 at 20:15.