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I am currently awaiting the arrival of my new Forge World INQUISITOR SOLOMON LOK!:yes:
I am not used to painting a semi-flat cloth surface. I like the look of the painted example of this mini. How was the dirty looking effect on his robe acheived? How should I paint his cloak in order to get a good effect?
Here is a picture of the mini I am receiving.
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I use to do a lot of robes like this when i played LOTR. For best results IMO,
1. Start with your base colour, and paint the cloak in this
2. Choose a highlight colour, then mix with the base colour, for a gradual change. I actually apply this using a medium/heavy type of dry brushing, which i find works great, but can be hard to master the "perfect amount"
3. Then with you highlight colour, do the very tips and edges, basically, the highest points.
4. After this is done, and your happy, then you "weather" it as such. Again, I do a heavy/medium dry brush on the bottoms, then do a lighter dry brush with a lighter colour.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pics to show you, but give that a go. Remember, this is just my way, there are plenty of other people with other ideas as well.
Also, you'll want it looking as smooth as possible. To do this, for every coat, I do it twice. 2 watered down thin base coats etc for each step. Takes longer, but looks way better IMO.
Good Luck! (Y)
BTW- Good looking model that one is!
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That's a cool figure!
Maybe this will help; I painted this guy as normal-
and then used an oldish small brush, like a small drybrush and lightly drybrushed around the base of the robes. I used the same colours as I was going to use on the base so it blended quite well. Be careful not to make it too even- have little splotches and splatters that go further up the robe. I added a few darker patches to his knees and elbows to to make them look dirty but not necessarily muddy.
All up it's not too difficult- the trick is finding a fine line between too messy and too neat mud.
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From the look of the picture it appears that they used some form of weathering powder much like Hekau Chasut's link. Usually these can be picked up in model railroad stores.
If you were to paint them on I would use a stipling method. I would take and old round bristle brush and dab at the figure in irregular patterns around the base of the cloak in your desired "dirt" colors. Use a few shades of color and you will get an interesting mottled effect to the dirt. You can even go for a wet to dry look where some of the area still looks muddy and the topmost area looks dry.
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