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I was wondering if any of you had advise on painting orange. eg. Basecoat for orange, what to highlight with. Ive an idea for some orange power armour, and would like to go in with a relatively good idea on how to paint orange first. The orange im looking to learn how to paint if GW Firey Orange.
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Hmm...okay. What I would do is first apply an overall brown basecoat (light or dark brown depending on what tone you want your orange to be) which will give you a good foundation for applying your GW Fiery Orange. I would then apply my Fiery Orange as desired. I would then give it a dark brown or possibly a GW Red Gore wash for shading and highlight with GW Bad Moon Yelliow. Alternatively you could use red instead of brown for a basecoat. Hope that helped.
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As already talked about red or brown basecoats are a good way to go. With orange I would definitely prime white. Black will make for a muddier looking color.
If you go with a brown basecoat the orange will appear duller and more muted. If you go with a red basecoat (probably recommend a blood red) you will get a more vibrant orange.
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I agree with slorak - white is ok for orange - I'm myself using snakebite leather for base - then slowly adding orange - up to the desired colour Many layers of heavy watered down paint again...
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Shading it with brown is different from building it up from a brown and will give a smoother finish, if that's what you want. Don't shade it with red as it will look weird. Highlight it using either a lighter orange or a mix of a flesh tone and orange. The orange highlight will make it warmer but the flesh/orange mix will be more natural.
Also when you paint orange colours like purple and blue go well with it. Green can look ok too. Yellow is bad because it tends to make the orange look dull. Brown can work and will provide a kind of complement to the orange.
Last edited by Leech; January 12th, 2007 at 23:35.
I started with a black primer, then used Blood Red as the base color, then applied Blazing Orange over the red, using Fiery Orange for the highlights.
I started with black primer, then multiple coats of Blazing Orange, but found that the color was never consistent that way. Using Red as a base helped to even out the color.
Originally Posted by Montford981
Did somebody say orange?
When I paint my Orange Grey Knights I do it like this, a solid black undercoat followed by as many 'rough' coats of Orange as you want, I find I do around 4 or 5.
Not exactly award winning, but its not hard either, so it works for me!
if you are saying that you used that to paint their armor, then you are a freakin' alchemist. you made flat paints look like copper. However, if you are saying that you used it for their robes, I be cautious because it looks too brown. Cool sisters though, really ornate looking.
As for orange, I'd say to do a white pirmer, then a yellow base. Yellow 'pops' every color, from an artistic standpoint. It will make the armor look bolder. If you want more realistic gritty look, organge is the way to go, just stick it over a brown base.
Elf-flesh+orange looks good for highlights. Brown is good for shades.
Well I just think I drop some info as well, just to show you a little different look from the sisters. My wave serpent almost look orange but I have gone a little extreme on the highlights... I have worked my way from blood red up to yellow with some layers.
CoolMiniOrNot - Eldar, Wave Serpent, Grave Tank by Zentradi
I know it might not be what you are after but still.
Here is a picture of a model that a friend of mine has painted, if I remember correctly he has brown in his shading.
CoolMiniOrNot - Emperors Champion by Avelorn
Hope you get some idea of the variation of orange. I shod start whit a white base coat, as orange has a hard time cover black.
Keep the paint diluted and thin :)
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