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Well.. I got a box of the new rangers. They're just lovely models.
But I'm having trouble thinking about how to paint the cloaks. I could do what they've done on the box and use geometric patterns, but I think that's a bit of a cop out since the stuff is supposed to be chameleonic.
So, how would I go about creating the effect of a blurry, colour changing surface.. especially considering that the cloaks are often folded and will thus need to be shaded anyway.
The basing pattern is quite tundra esque.. with rocks and outcrops (made of cork and modelling gravel) with snow patches. So the predominant colours will be white and grey.
Use a pointilism approach like stippling.
Apply the paint in dabs, dots or patches, whichever you feel is the most appropriate.
Should give a blurred edge look and look very different as well, plus you won't have to sweat doing all that blending
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Just an idea which I had, and I must stress that I am not sure it is even feasable, but would using some watered-down Water Effects stuff over a camo pattern work?
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Maybe try painting the entire base first, then photographing it (for reference purposes).
Then, attach the ranger, paint all the rest of him(/her) normally, leaving the cloak til last.
Then, looking carefully at your photos of the base, paint a freehand aproximation of the base onto the cloak, as if it was entirely see-through.
Kinda like the stealth suit that featured in the July (UK) White Dwarf, but a bit more naturalistic and eldar-y.
Otherwise, you could try painting the entire cloak as if it were a single rock, so maybe use a dark grey basecoat, with some mottling, and layer up highlights getting lighter until you end up with something like the rocks in your basing scheme.
Here is an example, it's a little dark, but hopefully you see what I'm getting at:
I hope those were interesting and/or useful.
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Some exceptionally good ideas. Minus_t, yours in particular is great, but possibly a little beyond my abilities and/or timescale.
I remember I used to paint with ink on thick paper a lot of as a kid, and it occured to me that I could try something similar. Basically, paint the cloak as if it were one pure colour, wash it all over with water then dab some ink on.
Does anyone have experience with that kind of thing?
Otherwise the pointalism/mottled look should be sufficient. It does look good on the Alaitoc stuff.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; July 18th, 2006 at 18:33.
Well, on one of my Ethereals I accidentally made a really authentic looking blue cloak that shimmered silver in certain light, which was achieved my many layers of drybrushing that failed to do what I was trying to do in the first place o_0
Might try feathering or some such similar technique to blend a bunch of colors together =o
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had the same thoughts on the cloaks, so did about 8 layers of green over them to look more chameloline esq, in saim hann colors, but it still ended up looking quite boring as the cloaks take up so much of the models, i ended up adding the patterns on the box at the end and they look alot better for it
i think you'll need some form of patterns on them to take them to a more pro painted level IMO
Originally Posted by Cheredanine
Why not paint the cloak as if it was projecting an image that was behind them? For example, paint the whole cloak the dominant cover of the base, and then use it as though it was a canvas. For example, looking from the front, you get one image, and looking from behind, you get another. Shade the recesses normally.
If you want, I could try on one of my little brother's rangers to show you what I mean.