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I'm painting a group of eldar guardians right now. My colour scheme is predominantly white. Since I've never really painted white before, I was a little confused. Here's what I've done on my test models.
White spray undercoat
Coat of shadow grey
Several layers of quite heavy white drybrushing so that it's almost all pure white
Very careful black ink to accentuate armour plates etc.
The result is very good by my standards, and I'm seriously pleased. But somehow it just doesn't look as nice or crisp as the Beil Tan guardian on the back of the box. I'm aware that varnishing will flatten out some of the imperfections and probably make it look better. But I'm just asking you painting gods out there.. how do you paint white to get a really nice, crisp appearance?
You might be able to achieve a smoother appearance by thinning the paints and layering rather than drybrushing. You might want to start with the lightest grey and then put a few layers of fairly watered down white.
Varnish will indeed help cut down the imperfections, especially a flat varnish.
Hmm.. I would do like this becuase I do it this way and I'm happy with it. lol.
Bestial brown on those parts that you want white and leave all recesses black. Thin layers.. like 3-4 layers all the time but much water. Then layer on bleached bone and at last skull white. Be carefull so u really cover the brown good because you don't want that very lightish brown color.
Why layer on grey before white?
By putting the grey down first and leaving a bit exposed on the edges you will create a richer looking white. Otherwise white has a tendacy to come off as looking like the figure was primed white and that is all. You could easily put down a light brown or even a very light blue depending on how you want the white to turn out. It also doesn't look as harsh as black.
Now if you have a black primered figure the grey will help cover the black and allow you to paint the white on without having to put 6 or 7 thick layers on to do it.
Yeah I just attempted to paint white over black twice. I tried thinning the paint and using layers the second time but it wasnt enough. Painting black is a breeze tho, so I dunno what everyone is *****ing about on that. Maybe I'll try it one more time.
Originally Posted by StevenSane
Use a fairly neutral brown or grey paint (tune depending on the particular tint of white you want to end up with.. pure white or pure black is generally a bad idea, visually) with good coverage, and then thin layers of white over that. You need the better coverage of the intermediate color to keep the black from being evil to your white layer, and to keep the white from having to be too thick.