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So I'm working on this model of Melkhior the crazed Necrarch on his Winged Nightmare. I've had it for about two years and am only now painting it (you never do that kind of thing, do you?).
I'm a bit stumped on two parts, which I've circled in the first pic. The wings alongside the skull, I don't know what color to paint them so that they really stand out and add some contrast without looking totally out of character for the model. The skull atop the throne and the spine on the back will be painted up to bonewhite/white.
The lower circle is this weird bit of detail that's not part of the saddle and not part of the throne. It's almost like it's a saddle cloth. I was thinking of doing in it some gory, fleshy colors so that it seemed to be a flap of skin.
Any other tips for the model in general are also welcome.
If you want a splash of color on the top, why not use a purple color. It would fit well with the throne, and purple has a nice regal tone to it. For the bottom circle, it looks like it it part of the seat, i would just paint it the same as the back rest. For black rocks? What i did was a black basecoat, and a 'ardCoat over that. It gives a nice shine, and looks very dark and foreboding. Sofar, im liking it DavidVC04, now lets see the rider...
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The problem is that shiny black objects tend to either reflect everything (look a a (clean) black car next time you see one), which would need some pretty hefty SENMM techniques, or simply have very harsh white highlights, which looks very weird when painted.
If you're thinking about going for a gem, I would instead reccomend going for a dark red, blue or green, as either one of them will look better, and be much easier
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For a black gem, just paint it flat black, then gloss over it. If it is smooth, it'll look perfect.
I don't know what to do about this big peacock fan behind Melkhior's head. I wish that I'd had the foresight to cut it away.
It's this ridiculous bit of ornamentation that totally obscures the cool, coffin throne from whence he commands his dread winged nightmare.
I'm also unsure what to do with the strands of hair dropping past his ears. And there's one more damned jewel, this one beneath his chin. Painting this gem in the same scheme as the one atop the obfuscated throne seems the standard thing to do.
And I hope I don't forget to paint this ugly, bucked teeth.
The red wings next to the skull work perfectly.
I agree it's a shame about the way the large collar blocks the view of the throne, but I feel if you paint it to the same quality as the throne it won’t detract.
The comment you made about it being 'peacock' like, made me think that maybe you could actually make it look like peacock feather's. The shades of blues and greens in a peacock feather would complement the colour of the cloak and also contrast just enough with the red of the throne to make all the elements of the model stand out.
Never tried painting jewels, with googles, eye/vision peices and lenses I tend to use Tamiya clear colours like red and green over white .
Quick question; what colour/make of paint are you using as a primer? Looks quite a flat tone and judging by your results it works well.
Last edited by Ash; March 1st, 2007 at 19:49.
He looks cool. I do like the work on his seat, the red works very well on that skull, bone + red is good. For his big peacock fan you have a few options. If you don't like it you could just try to paint it black. Black won't grab anybody's attention and so won't interfere too much. On the other hand you will still be stuck with it, knowing you painted it black because you don't like it.
You could also try a deep red. Red gore progressively worked up to blood red with it moving down to black where it meets Melkior could work. Deep red is the traditional evil vampire colour.
Another way could be to paint it very pale. You could then carefully write lots of little symbols on it to show it is some piece of undead wizard equipment. The symbols and runes will fit well with the whole Necrarch thing.
Thanks for the good ideas. I really appreciate that. I've saved it to last because I just haven't been able to figure it out.
I'd considered blues and greens, but keep getting confuzzled. I like the symbol idea, too.
It was primed gray, just like see his unpainted collar. Someone on another forum suggested it, so I figured I give it a try with him. I do like the results. It's much easier to paint over than black.