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Well, I'm just getting around to painting some CC marines and I want to do something unique with my power weapons. I don't really want a metallic looking sword, but something dull that sparkles... like blue lightning or some sort of haze effect. I'm not that great of a painter yet, so can anyone recommend any tips on accomplishing something along those lines? Thanks.
Hmm, you want blue lightning?!? Take midnight blue and paint the sword. Then mix a bit of white into it and then streak lightning across the blade (you bairly want to see the lightning. Then use a thinner brush or a thinner stroke and go over it with a bit more blue. Keep working like this until your only doing the tips of the lightning in white. Then get some gloss then put it over top. PRESTO! awesome force weapons. Damn i wish i had a camera to show you. I'm not the best painter but I LOVE the force weapons i do.
This is how I have been doing my power weapons. It is pretty fast and fairly easy.
1. I paint the weapon in grey scale. Meaning I start with a base darker grey and work my way lighter expecially around the tip.
2. I paint some thin white "lightning lines going from the bottom of the weapon until they reach the nearly white tip.
3. I glaze the entire blade with a coat or 2 of Tamiya Clear paint - I have been experimenting mostly with green and blue but I am sure you could try some of their other colors or mix them. It is key to use the tamiya clear because it is transparent and has an interesting effect on the regular acrylic paint below it.
Here are some examples:
Not quite so visible - but same thing as the blue - just using green tamiya clear.
This is a demon weapon I did for fantasy but same principle. I did mix a few colors but it is similar to the green effect.
Hope this helps!
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Gareth: Your power swords look really impressive, very well done.
Myself I like to experiment with out of the ordinary colors, my latest which I found to look really impressive was Purple, it surprised me, but I also might start experimenting with pure black and lots of varnish to look shiny and dangerous.
I paint up Witch Blades for my Eldar army, and use the same principle (albeit different colours) as if I was painting Power weapons.
1.) Base coat the primary colour of the sword. (I use black for witchblades, although Silver or grey would work great for power weapons.)
2.) Hold the sword flat, so that it is parallel to the ground. If you want a blue glow, use a darker blue (enchanted or Regal) and water it down... a lot. You want the paint to slide and settle primarily along the edge of the sword. (I use scaly green for witch blades)
3.) Let it dry.
4.) Flip the sword over, and do the same thing to the other side.
5.) Take a lighter colour, (Ice Blue for example) and 'catch' the edge of the sword (that is, use hardly any paint on the brush, and wipe the side of the brush along the edge. Be careful, using too much paint will cause it to flow onto the blade and cover your nice glow effect.) (Witch blades I do this step with Scorpion Green.)
6.) Take the lightest colour (white) to highlight where the light would hit the blade edge. (*Optional)
That should be it, for dramatic effect, use the technique above to fill in lightning on the blade before you give it a 'force field,' using my technique.
Gareth is the person I try to impress when I convert and paint.
Here is my Trygon with bio-electric claws you could try to do someting like that.
I did that by painting the talon dark green and then painting green lines in a random jagged fashion over it. I then used a lighter green over that and the a further scorpion green plus white over that. When I did this I always trired to blend the lighter greens with the darker green that they were going on to.
I then added more white to the scorpion green and white I had. This I used again but I didn't blend it and painted it like it was the glowing core of the energy. I also used this to add realisim by making little forks of energy between the larger strands of green bio-energy.
In the end I painted a mild amount of white on to the tips. Hope this helps out.
I particularly like the scout's blade. How many layers did you use, and what colors exactly?