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I'm not thinking of exclusively plasma guns, but they get the idea across well. Consider the portion of the gun that is ridged/ribbed and looks like it should be some sort of containment chamber. What I'd like to be able to do is give this type of surface (very small ridges) a glowing effect. However, the detail is so small that I have a very hard time getting my paint to stay just on the ridges so simply starting with a dark base and then building up with lighter shades is causing me problems. Any suggestions? Am I just going to need to pick up a 0000 brush and slowly work my way up in brightness?
Originally Posted by Bob Dole
That's all you can do really. Also, don't be afraid to take larger steps from going from darker on the bottom of the ridges to lighter on the top. It's such a small area, you can get away with not taking little steps in getting from dark to light. Also, use a darker ink for in between the ridges and that'll help with your contrast.
On my IG's plasma gun, I went from Ultramarines Blue to Ice Blue at the top, and a wash of blue ink for the recesses and the blend turned out fine.
As a quick and dirty way just repeatedly use green or sky blue (not blue!) ink on a layer of white.
That's how i did the power sword on this asp champ: