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Hi, for my Empire army the color scheme I'm looking at is black armor, with a square black and yellow checkerboard pattern on the breastplate, or sides of a steam tank etc. My question is, is there any way to make a checkerboard pattern this small without using a decal?
Yes it is...
But I dont really know what a "checkerboard" is. But Im 100% sure that is poseble to paint
(have a picture of what you whant to paint?)
That. Quite simple to paint but requires patience and a steady hand, paint either a black square or a white one then form a grid over it with the other colour and fill in every other square. Painting a light [eg white] over black will be a long process though, possibly with layering grey first then white.
EDIT: Kuffy beat me to it.
I'm assuming he means a square pattern, like the Ork Checks. But with yellow in place of white.
It's definately possible, it's probably harder the smaller you want to make them. I guess it would pay to practice on a test until you get it to look the way you want.
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Well find out but my self...
Anyway It is possible but I don’t think you shod paint the hole Brest plate this way. IMO I think it will look a little but busy. Maybe if you use 2 or three rows of this pattern?
To pant this I using yellow and black I shod start with a white undercoat then paint the area yellow. After that I shod paint black squares on the yellow area. The problem white yellow and black is that black can cower yellow but yellow cant cover black. So if you want to correct any mistakes when you paint the black squares you have to cover the black with white before you paint it yellow.
Never ever paint yellow directly on black.
So yellow and black is much harder to paint then white and black.
As for painting them really small, its just a mater of how god you are at getting the paint at the right place.
hope this help
edit: wow two posts when I wrote this (kuffys way seems like a good one, but as I sad you have a hard time cover black with yellow...)
Last edited by Zentradi; January 7th, 2007 at 19:00.
I have done diamond patterns on pants before, so checkerboard is possible. The trick for me (I did blue and white) was to outline it in a thin black after it was done to clean up any spill over of colors. Since yours has black in it I would sugest starting with a black or very dark grey basecoat, then do white in the yellow areas followed of course by yellow, then going back over it with black to clean up the lines. I am moving right now but if I get a chance I will try and dig out the model I have with the diamond pattern. The only other thing is that a hardcore square checkerboard is very unforgiving when it comes to inconsistant sizes. If you changed a bit and did diamonds or stripes you could get away with more. If you are planning on doign a bunch of models the checkerboard will burn you out quick.
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I just intend to do a small square ion the breastplate, not the whole thing.
Good, checkerboard is a tough one otherwise ^^.
I'd stay away from yellow stripes on black.
Feels a bit too Dalton, dontcha' think ?
Well, I know what I'm going to do. I did a test, and while I found a true checkerboard to be absolutely maddeningly difficult, I have a sort of compromise. Instead of using an actual checkerboard, I paint a small gold dot in intervals. Instead of yellow(gold) squares, I use small dots, evenly spaced, and then dots below those spaces, etc., so that it looks very much like a checkerboard from a distance. I'll probably cover the entire breastplate, so it stands out more, otherwise my army will look like I primed it and never painted :tongue:
But it looks good. I'll finish up my test model and post it here.