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Hey, i am thinking heavily about painting some of my marines gold. I have read the article on LO about how to paint gold but i dont have some of those colors and i cant get to GW for a while so... would a basecoat of white, then shining gold, then very very watered down dark flesh work or would it be too brown
Also would going strait shining gold be too bright
This is for about 1000pts. of space marines so i dont want them to look brown and murky or too glitzy
If any of you have any ideas on techniques or just what colors would work best (for now i dont have a huge selection) it would be great!
Just so you know my secondary color is scab red/ red gore!
P.S. some of you may have noticed i have made alot of posts about colors... no my marines are nor all rainbow im just really indesicive and am trying out alot of schemes before i go all for one!
You might try a basecoat of black, then brazen brass, then hightlight with shining gold. Maybe a brown ink wash to take the edge off the gold.
Last edited by drfaustus; April 7th, 2006 at 02:10.
I'd recommend doing one model completely first to see exactly what it will look like before you start assembly lining them.
Gold is one of the hardest colours to make look good on large areas. As trim it works fine, but as soon as you start doing something in mostly gold you'll see what I mean.
This is not meant to dissuade you from trying, but rather to perhaps warn you that it may be difficult.
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My GK Grand Master is gold; black primer, Shining Gold, Burnished Gold highlights (okay fine, two lines of Burnished Gold on his back ) and a bit of chestnut ink to give the Terminator armour a bit of depth. He looks decent enough, but IMHO 1 gold model per army is plenty. Painting everything 100% gold is a bit tacky and garish; try doing the regular troopers red with a gold trim or something, you'll get a much better effect without them all looking like pimps .
If you don't want it to be too glitzy: Chaos black undercoat then Tin Bitz, then Brazen Brass. Shining gold to follow. As a wash use Chestnut ink, brown ink is a bit dark. Remeber to add liquid soap to the ink when covering large areas, this will give an even finish. You may then want to highlight detail and raised areas with burnished gold and mithril silver. Good luck.
If you want a muted effect you could start with a basecoat of boltgun metal and then generously drybrush gold over that. A black/brown mix of inks would give depth. I prefer flesh ink to chestnut for gold by the way, since chestnut is a bit to red for my taste.
Prime gold, prime the head whatever if it's not helmeted, paint little bits of it then dip in watered down black to shade it.
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My style is similar to others. I think it gives a nice rich gold look:
For priming - I always prime white and then wash with black ink. This way the figures are dark but not so dark that you can't see the details.
I base the figure with a brass. This is the start of a nice rich color.
I then give the brass and ink wash of brown ink.
Next I paint on the darker gold leaving the edges showing the darker color below. If you keep the gold fairly thin it will be translucent and your color graduation will be better. You might need more coats but the end result will be great.
Now - I paint a fair amount of nurgle with gold trim so I do a watered down purple ink glaze to tint the gold a little bit. Sometimes I also add a bit of green. This is not necessary but it will give your gold a "cold" feel to it. Alternatively you could give it an orange ink glaze to warm the gold up.
Lastly I paint on a thin layer of the brightest gold - mainly to the edges or areas where light would reflect the most off it.
If you really want to delve into it you can mix 50/50 the lightest gold with silver for extreme highlights.
This should give you a nice smooth look. the key for it to appear strong and stunning on your figures though will be to darkline the armor segments with brown ink/paint to make each separate piece stand out.
Hope this helps.
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now this is somthing i am kinda good at! because my nids have gold caraprice (dont ask- i cant spell). dont have a realy bright gold at all (hurts you eyes :wacko: ) i would sugest bronze, then brass (for edge highlights), finaly gold (for corners, realy elivated surfaces), use ink at your descresion)
what that does is give a feeling of gold- but without as much work, time and skill as slorak way (you could also mash all the ideas together for a new way)- if your good go for slorak tho!
good luck- hope that helps
Last edited by F4113N; April 7th, 2006 at 21:13.
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first off thankyou for all of the tips and responses
I want to clarify that to keep the army from looking really glitzy i want a very weathered gold that looks like it has seen many many battles!
i will try some of these tecniques and maybe be able to post some pics!