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i am not a good painter. never have been but hope that i will be at some point. Iíve so far got used to inks, dry brushing and getting the tones i want right but one thing has eluded me as of late... highlighting. while Iíve read some articles on the subject Iím finding it hard to put into practice.
my current project is my warmachine battle group and so far Iíve near enough completed two of my warjacks. i have been recommended by a few however that highlighting would be the best way to round them off, hence my problem.
My closest to completion model:
any help one this would be much appreciated.
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well, its always good to ask for help.....
For the gold in the back, use a brown ink wash on a smooth coat of gold paint. Then drybrush with the base gold color with silver mixed in. not alot though. THen i would do a ever so slightly drybrush of straight silver on top. Dont over do this one.
From what i can see, the blue is a nice smooth coat. Thats the key to nice highlighting. Now look at the picture, see where the natural shadows are forming? those will be your starting points. With a fine brush mix a color that is a little lighter than your base. I add a little white. Now, paint on a layer that covers most of the blue areas, while leaving recesses, and the middles of the flat surfaces. Make sure that you dont make the tone change too different. Then just do that over and over again, making the paint color lighter and lighter, while highlighting less and less.
Your white color has a blue haze to it, thats good. Now what i would do is similiar to the blues, but you cant make white whiter, so this one will have to add blue, to match the tone of the white, and then continue to make it lighter, while painting less and less.
I wouldnt worry about the metals for highlighting. I just put on a base coat of boltgun metal. Wash with black ink for a clean look, brown for a rusty look, and then drybrush mithril silver over that. Drybrushing is used best on metals.
The key is to use thinned down paint, which is just the paint with a little water added to it, and a steady hand. Its helpful to shine a light on it, to show its natural shadows for highlighting as well. Hope it helps
edit* also, if you want more definition from the blues and whites, take a fine brush with watered down black paint. Really watered down though. Then brush it in the cracks and recesses so it looks naturally darker in those spots. It really helps out in making it look menacing
Last edited by _Toast_; December 31st, 2006 at 19:27. Reason: thought of something else
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I find when highlighting the first thing is to use a very limited amount of paint. Too much paint is always a problem with highlighting because when it is applied it clearly looks like streaks of paint. This is bad because it looks like markings instead of light reflections and so on.
As said use very little paint. The amount of paint should be so small that it seems almost hard to get any paint to appear on the model. This gives a far more subtle result which is how highlights work best.
Always use a fine detail brush. I find that when it comes to edges I often like to apply the paint with the flat of the brush and not the tip. this is because the tip has more give in it and perfectly lining it up with the edges is hard. The flat side of the bristles has more strength and so is ideal for tackling these areas. Hope this helps you out.
Well said Leech. He's right about the fine detail brush, and he summed it up quite nicely for you.Always use a fine detail brush. I find that when it comes to edges I often like to apply the paint with the flat of the brush and not the tip. this is because the tip has more give in it and perfectly lining it up with the edges is hard. The flat side of the bristles has more strength and so is ideal for tackling these areas. Hope this helps you out.
First things. Highlighting begins with the first stroke of the brush. Whatever you do to your model will affect how your highlights come out.
-So, don't make it hard for yourself. Your paints are too thick. I would water your basecoat paints down to about a thick milk consistency, if that makes sense. Never paint out of the pot. Take however much paint you need and put it on a palette or hard surface that won't absorb paint. Then mix water into the paint until you get the right consistency.
-After you are done with base coating(large areas in a flat colour), start with details, however you wish.
-Ink, however you wish
Now comes the highlighting. Long process eh? It's worth it. As Toast said, highlighting really isn't needed on metals, but you can drybrush, which is virtually the same thing. It does show up nicely on metals.
You're going to want to have your brush evenly coated in paint, though you don't want too much of it either. As said before, a fine detal brush is best for this. Use the flat of the brush and draw it gently along the edge of whatever you are highlighting.
Note, this next part is generally not for blades of weapons or other small pieces of your model. It's pretty much only for the outer edges of armour, because it leaves a big outline on whatever you using it for(unlike highlighting with the flat of the brush).
When you're up against rounded parts, which this model is full of, then switch to the tips of your brush. You're going to have to have fairly thin paint for this, and a steady hand. Some painters like to have paint a full shade lighter for highlighting, especially when you're doing a lot of highlighting.
Anyways, take you're brush, packed with whatever shade of paint you wish, and start from the bottom corner of your edge and draw up. If your paint is too light because of too much water, don't worry, that's fine. When it dries, put on another coat, and another until your highlights can be seen.
Good luck, and remember - basics are best, and all your details rely on your basic skills.
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Try this link. It has pictures of it and quite a good step by step guide. Most of what I would say has been covered by the people who posted before me though.