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Hi, im going to have lots of questions painting this model,(im used to doing nids, not mechs!) so rather than creating numerous threads ill just keep using this one.
My first question is about highlighting the wraithlords head. Ive used a watered down mix of black and chainmail over the black undercoat and think ive achieved a nice even coat! Now i want to highlight it in mythril silver but am unsure of how to go about it.
Do I just drybrush the entire dome? Do i use a mix of chainmail and mythril and paint on a highlight to a specific area, then highlight that in pure mythril? And if so, where abouts should I paint the section?
Heres the head up to now. once highlighted it will be getting covered in flames
To be honest, you've kinda answered your own question
Look at the photos you've posted up. Because you're photographing a 3D object, you are causing shadows and highlights to appear on it. This is what we try and do when we shade and highlight our minis.
So, position a light directly above the head. Paint the darker areas darker, paint the lighter areas lighter.
To do this, take your base colour (chainmail), and add very small ammounts of black, and water it down plenty. Then paint this darker colour on the darker areas. Repeat, adding more and more black, until you have a very dark shade. This is known as layering.
Repeat this process for highlights adding mithril silver, then finally white.
The number of different layers used for the transition between mid-tone and shade/highlight will determine how smooth your shading/highlighting will look.
For example, you could do only 3 tones, this will probably look very clunky, but it will be much faster than doing 20-odd
Another way of doing this is to add a glaze medium to you paints, then simply use very very thin black or white, and do many overlapping layers. The glaze medium makes the paint much more transparent, so you can skip the mixing process.
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Ok, next question. Ive given the whole model two coats of chaos black and it just seems kinda dull to me. Maybe varnish will help make it a more shiny black im not sure. any advice on other ways to make the black look better?
Also highlighting black. You can see ive done some highlighting in blue. Im not overly happy with it, (it looks worse magnified on that photo) What am I doing wrong? Should i be using a different colour? Help!
Well, is the blue like an outline on the armour, or is it highlights of the black?
Either way I think it needs more subtle transition of colours. (easier said than done) Right now the layers are very easily defined. Also blue really stands out from black so your eyes are drawn towards it
If you like blue but wanna use it as a highlight, not an "outline" color, try shadow grey. It's much more subtle than blue, and highlights with a non-standard gray color, more of a "smoked" gray, if ya know what I mean.
I've tried it on some sprue. I don't think I'll be using it on my ravenwing landspeeder, but it looks very nice, and on a more mystical race like the Eldar, it might look better than ordinary codex gray.
I'd be interested to see how your highlights turn out on the rounded object at the top of your post. Im re-doing my GKs, and I think you and I have the same problem.
Gold is too flat, apply black ink to it.
I agree with Clone-Trooper that the gold is flat (I'm assuming you just haven't gotten to it yet).
I disagree with C/T on how to best achieve a richer gold tone. I'd wash with either a dark brown paint (diluted) or a mix of said paint and brown ink. Then build the gold back up to the extreme highlight of mithril silver.
It's a fair bit more work, but well worth the reward.
good work so far BTW.
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Hi, thanks for the comments so far. I took Canew's advice, almost. I dont have shadow grey, so i used space wolf grey instead and it looks miles better. I also thined the highlighted area so it looks alot more tidy now.
The highlighting of the silver is a nightmare! And since im painting flames over it im going to leave it till after they are painted! The shoulder pads are coming along better though.
As for the 'gold' bits. They arnt gold. They are mythril silver with a rust brown wash over it so that it looks like copper. Looks better in real life but i might still give it a bit more work.
Any advice on making the black look more solid and shiny? It looks to flat for my liking. I tried mixing a very small amount of chainmail to it to try and gloss it up a bit and failed miserably!
Your Eldar. Just get some varnish and cover the black and other non-shiney areas. It will highlight for you, and keep the color lasting longer.
I would have recomended using the mythril silver to highlight the black piece in the pic with the chest and plate. Very thin on the edges, with mix of mythril and boltgun going down first to make an easier transition. This looks good, but it looks like Imperial paint chipping on the edges so it might look odd on eldar
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