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Contrary to my better judgement (I already have a custom SM chapter I'm converting into DA and the beginnigs of a DH army), I've been bitten by the Necron bug too (Do I have a 40K "problem?" Naaaah :wacko: )
Anyway, I'm trying to come up with a color scheme I like. I definitely do NOT like the plastoid "ceramincs" stuff in the codex (no offense to those of you who like it; it's just MY opinion), and the "rusted" looks like the destroyer showed off elsewhere in the forum look great (I can't hope to paint like that), but what I REALLY think I like is in the codex (for those who have it) on the destroyers on page 44 and the tomb spyder on page 48. Looks the perfect combination of "shiny" metal and proper weathering.
Any experts out there care to guess how these were done? It looks to me like they started with the metallics (base of boltgun, highlights with chainmail/mithril silver maybe?) then did either washes (black, brown, green?) and/or drybrushes of... something.
Worst comes to worst, I can just paint 3-4 models different ways, but I don't wana have to strip the ones I don't like (not even sure how one properly disposes of brake fluid, and I don't wanna wash it down the drain).
Thoughts? Went through coolminiornot.com, but wasn't inspired. I'd browse the gallery for more 'cron examples, but...
I don't have the codex so I can't see what you are talking about but I can tell you a method I use on how to paint metal.
1. Base chaos black
2. Boltgun Metal all over the metal parts
3. Wash with brown ink on the places you want it to look rusty.
4. Highlight with chainmail.
5. A little black ink washes here and there just to make it look worn.
I think you shod experiment with a few different wash/ink, on those pictures there defiantly are some green and brown in different shades. I think the best way is to try out a few layers with different shades. Maybe mix a few wash of your own?
That tomb spyder look like it have some yellow in there to. Iâ€™m no expert on metallic but this is what I shod do. Hope it helps...
If you can get a chance to look in the gallery I think I've still got a swarm of Necron figures there. They were quick and easy to paint, too. Here's something I wrote earlier-
Ok- So.. Necrons- look easy; easy to mess up. I managed to churn out an army in a weekend with good results. Here's what I did.
First; I put everything together, leaving off the gun tubes and the gun nozzles. Metal models were all assembled at this stage too. I also based all the models with a sand texture and sprayed everything black. It's good to spray lots of stuff at once because it makes the spray can last a lot longer.
Second; I got out the big brush (I use this a lot for army painting- its about an inch across at the hairy end and it's round which is great for drybrushing. It was only a few dollars from a craft store which is nice because drybrushing brushes die fast). For the warriors and scarabs the first drybrush was with chainmail and it was pretty heavy- only leaving black in the deepest recesses. The second was mithril and much lighter- really only for shading. Destroyers were painted pretty much the same as warriors but left slightly lighter silver. Immortals were given a first heavy drybrush of bronze followed by a shading drybrush with the bronze lightened by a bit of gold or silver. (I used a dull steel -> gold ranking system- i.e. Tomb Spyders were old dark metal, warriors slightly newer, destroyers quite shiny silver, immortals were bronze, 1st lord pale gold and the main lord a really dark strong gold.)
You can drybrush as many times as you like, to as light a shade as you like but I usually use one main colour and then a single brighter highlight.
The next step was to give all the figures a thin wash- Chestnut ink is great for the immortals- it really darkens them and leaves them gleaming. Thin it out a bit for the lords- you don't want them too dark. The warriors got a black/blue/brown mix (mix to taste or just use black), with the brown working to age them a little. Slightly less brown in the destroyers wash- keep them polished, shiny and fast! I normally use thinned paint for my washes as it avoids the shine that inks give but for metal robots this isn't a problem!
After the wash was dry (go get coffee, watch a film, call your mates, do the laundry- paint too soon and the still wet wash will ruin everything!) the figures then got a quick, light drybrush of the lightest colour (mithril for the warriors, gold/bronze for the immortals, gold for the lords) to give a final highlight. This is a very light drybrush- the wash will have smoothed the previous drybrushing and you don't want to ruin the look.
After that it's just details- I painted everybodies guns black and painted the destroyers and Tomb Spyders eye pieces black too. The Immortals heads were painted black and then given a white skull mask. Then I picked out the eyes- bright red or green, your choice. Finally drybrush (carefully, no big brush here) the sand bases a dark grey, ash colour to really make the metals on the figure gleam. Glue the gun tubes and nozzles in place and you're pretty much done!
Scarabs were painted the same as warriors with a little bronze detailing, the lords had a little extra time spent and the underside of the Tomb Syders was a very dark, not glossy bronze.
I know this seems like a lot- but seriously you can paint an army in days or one of the battle-force boxes in a long afternoon. Hope this helped!
Ok- The Monolith. This can be a dog to paint because it's just big flat panels and none of the technique for small figures worked. So I cheated and painted (nearly) the whole thing with spray cans.
First- put the beast together. That's most of the effort there. Be careful to have it good and solid, though, with no glue spills to the outside. Leave the clear plastic bits off and slide the front door closed.
Second- spray it black. Next- spray it silver. I used Boltgun because I wanted a dark 'lith not a shiny eyesore. Next - and this is the clever part- lightly spray it dark angels green. You want it to be obviously green but not so thick that the shine from underneath doesn't show through. If it's not working alternate between green and silver until you have a result you like- remember many thin coats is way better than a few thick ones. If you're feeling clever you can aim at spraying across the corners and edges of the model with the silver to give a nice highlight along the edges. This will still show through if your coats of green aren't too thick and will look pretty cool.
What you should end up with is a dark, yet metallic, green yet metal, magic metal monolith. Then fit the clear plastic bits and you're done! Oh.. sorry, pick out the external details in silver and/or gold if you like but don't go overboard or the monolith will look all tacky.
[KU - Edited Paragraphs for ease of reading.]
Last edited by King Ulrik Flamebeard; October 10th, 2006 at 16:36.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
Since the gallery's not working at the moment, do you have them somewhere else (your own site, maybe?)
I personally don't wanna have a "ranking system" like you did, but I bet the different color schemes look uber kewl, and I'd like to check 'em out, just for fun.
Here's a like to Thomas Schadle, AKA Commander Y's gallery:
Poke around there for a bit and there are some drones with a cool effect of weathering from going quickly through debris. You'll unerstand when you find it.
EDIT: lets make everybodys life a little easier, eh?
Thanks to all for the help!
Paint Monkey, you said they're easy to mess up? How? What's the biggest mistake you think people make?
Then you can start adding tints and deeper colours e.g bluish metal or rusty brown. A lot of GW inks end up with a shiny glaze- Necrons are the one army where this usually isn't a problem. Still, I prefer thinned paints. Check out my Ogres (again when the gallery is back up) they've also had lots of ink work on their metals.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
I did a varation on the silver necrons which worked quite well, basically undercoat black, drybrush boltgun, then I ink washed/drybrushed blue ink, this gave them a blue metal look, same could be done with other colours too though. if you are interested I can put up some pics.
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When you guys say you highlighted them after drybrushing boltgun, what do you mean? For my warriors i undercoated black and dry brushed boltgun allowing a bit of black to show through in some places for a more weathered look. Its simple and dead easy to paint and still looks relatively good. I also paint the shoulder pads on all my units white as its my 'theme' sort of thing, looks quite effective when you see the masses of grey with gleaming white shoulder pads on the table