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sup guys. I was wondering how to get a shiny metallic "lit from the inside" sort of look for the power coils on top of SM plasma weapons. You can sort of see what i mean if you look at the entry for SM command squad on the GW website, there is one marine with a plasma gun only in this case its green.
I want the gun to be black, with gold trim and barrel shroud and the coil to be red but im not sure how to replicate that effect.
Any advice welcome.
start by drybrushing scarab red over the coil, then blood red and after that highlight with orange
i think this is the best way.
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two quick things,
1) plasma is usually portrayed as green/blue or purple. ( not that you're tied to what the normal trend is, just for general info)
2) Red might be a bit difficult, without is looking like "lava". BECAUSE...
Blue/Green is easy to take up to an almost white highlight (ie, ULTRA-HOT plasma). Red tends to go very pink when highlighted toward white (which doesn't TEND to look too cool), so you're forced to take the highlight to bright yellow, which, in my opinion, tends to look a bit like lava.
Also, as a general painting note, red is far harder to highlight well than is a blue/green...
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Yeah red is very hard to manage.
The exact look im trying to get is hard to explain but its sort of like very thick coloured glass with a bright light behind it. Or maybe i could just paint it to look like lava. The chaos space marines in DOW have red plasma that was my inspiration.
in dow i would actually say that the plasma guns are closer to a purple with a purple hazel and the purple/ pink would be a lot easier to paint then the red
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Huh, I was thinking about this the other day (more for necrons, but hey...). Basically- normal highlighting is done by putting lighter shades on the higher areas. This represents light shining on the object and catching the raised areas more. The effect you're wanting to produce is the opposite- the light (or at least a brighter light) coming from inside the object (the plasma chamber). So, you have to reverse your highlights. Whatever colour you choose (and I would recommend a 'cold' colour like blue or white/green over a 'warm' red/yellow) you have to paint the brightest colour in the deepest parts of the ridges and then paint darker colours on the higher ridges. This should give a 'glow' effect, kinda like a silhouette effect. Cool?
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Your best bet is to find some pictorial scource material to copy. Look in magazines for photos of Red brake lights on cars at night, or the flashing lights on police cars.
However, I would point out that you are trying for a trompe l'oeil effect of a transparent concave space on a convex shape and thats pretty difficult to achieve.
By the way, if you are asking for a favour and you give a reference to something similar buried in some other forum - then its only polite to give an actual hyperlink, or post up the picture for are referring to. I can't find that green plasma marine.
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If you want red plasma coils this is how I would suggest doing it:
Start with a base of a vey dark red/brown. I would suggest a vallejo hull red or burnt cadmium red. Barring that take the darkest red and mix it with a dark brown.
Next start highlighting the plasma coils keeping the brown/red in the recesses. Paint the whole coil area with the next darkest red, followed by nearly all of it with a lighter red, paint about 2/3 of it with a mix of the reds, etc. until you get to the top and the edges. You can either mix some yellow for the edges or go straight white and then glaze the top with a red ink.
I have also found Tamiya clear red paint to be very nice for glazing down reds. It is a wierd viscous paint but thins enough to tint the red and it will leave the area looking very rich.
Just keep in mind with red the key to lightening it without getting it too pink/orange is to consecutively glaze the layers with red ink until you are happy with it.
Trial and error will be your friend here. The key to remember is the more layers of color transition the better it will look. You can skimp a little bit and rely on the inking but a smoother look will be achieved by mixing colors as you progressively get lighter.
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Thanks for the tips guys, btw this was the plasma gun with the green coil i was talking about .
Turns out the honour guard also has a guy with a green coil plasma gun.
Second marine on the left in both pictures