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I was doing the helmet for my entry into the might and magic competition a warlock and I was having some serious trouble with the litle gems all over it the succesive layers of red worked out alright and the orange highlight once I work on it should be pretty cleen but my problem is the wight do first of all how do I get the paint off the dang brush it just gobs there and when I thinned the pot with a drop or two of water it slid all oveer the place almost ruining the cloak, so whats up?
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I use a tiny (clean) brush, with a little bit of unthinned paint on it. Quick dot, quick slash. The dot works out fine, the slash could probably be improved. Just make sure you clean and dry the brush often, pretty much after every gem.
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Another way I have recently learned about doing "gems" is with a product from Tamiya. It is like a colored varnish.
You paint the gem black.
Do a highlight in silver or boltgun metal ( a little swish)
Cover the gem with the Tamiya Varnish.
Here is a pic of a warpspider I have been working on with this process. I'm pretty happy with how the gems look. Not to overpowering considering I have so many of them.
Here is the link for the Tamiya stuff. You should be able to get it from a hobby/game store.
It also sounds like your thinned paint is thinned to much or you have too much paint loaded on the brush.
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Here is how I paint gems and lenses:
Paint the whole area black
Paint a dark red (I use vallejo burnt cadmium red) over 3/4 of the are leaving a small crescent area of black at the top.
Paint the next lighter red over half of the area leaving a small crescent area of the darker red at the top
Paint the lightest red over 1/4 of the area leaving a small crescent of the red from the previous layer at the top.
Paint a white dot in the upper corner of the gem in the black area.
Gloss varnish if you like.
If you do this rather quickly you can wet blend the layers before they dry and you will get a smoother transition.
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