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So I'm dedicating ALL my time to my 'crons right now, assembling the battleforce (still a ways away from painting yet) but I'm gonna cut up some sprues to make "crystals" to stick to the bases, have them "growing" out of the gravely ground like in the codex.
Difference is, I'm using a different base color scheme: planning a basecoat of dark flesh (over a clear primer), then prolly a light black/brown ink wash to define it, then some highlights of blood red mixed with dark flesh. Gonna make it a "martian"-looking landscape, hopefully.
Anyway, the color scheme recommended in the codex, I fear, won't really match what I'm doing. Anybody done "red" crystals like that before? What colors would you guys recommend for a base and highlights for the crystals? I don't wanna use the exact same colors as the gravel, as these should be made outta some spacey geological mineral, not rocks/gravel.
Lastly, GW's "gloss varnish," is it acrylic? Will it wash outta my brushes with water? Just wondering, in case I wanna give the crystals a final going-over once they're done.
Obsidian crystals would really offset the red you plan on using.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
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Doing a black crystal with a red gore/blood red highlight, or even a red crystal with lighter highlights might work... hard to say without actually seeing an example, in my case.
THe GW gloss (in the pot) is acrylic, and washes out like any paint. Works great for me... I usually cut mine 1:1 with water, but works well straight too. The spray stuff is probably different, don't know on that.
It looks like repacked gloss, water-based varnish - see if you have some of that around. No need to buy something that you alreayd own
if you're looking for a decent alternative to the GW gloss varnish, you can't go wrong with Future Floor wax, a glossy, acrylic varnish (funny that) for floors.
I'd cut it a little, maybe do a few layers, but you can't beat the price, and the fact you can airbrush it!
re: crystals: loving the idea of re-using sprews, and i think black with red-highlights (maybe a little internal red glow right in the center) would look killer.