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I've recently started painting a unit of Orc Boyz for my 1000 point list. While i'm finding them quite easy to paint, i'm a bit worried about painting characters later on. How do I paint the really detailed areas? I've provided some examples below.
Am I right in thinking that the chequered pattern has to be painted 'by hand' so to speak? Is there not an easier way of doing it?
Example 1: Look on Page 61 of the Orcs and Goblins army book, its the 2nd picture down from the top right, the chequered pattern on Gorbad Ironclaw's axe.
Example 2: Page 60, top picture of "warboss on boar, with choppa and shield", the banner.
Example 3: Orc boyz regiment. More specifically, the shields.
Example 4: Orc boarboyz. Specifically, the front right shield.
Last edited by ghosty; March 21st, 2007 at 00:00.
I would be great, if we had some examples of your minis to see your painting skills. You have to keep in mind that the smaller your pattern is, the harder it will be to paint. Anyway, I would recommend trying to paint the checkerboard pattern. Maybe practice it a bit before you start to paint the actual minis. If you do not like how it turns out after one or two test minis you can still think about an alternative.
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I wish I could show you some pictures of my minis, but alas I do not have a camera.
I'm not sure really where to begin with patterns. Do I basecoat the area and then paint the white squares individually? If so, then I can’t see how you would be able to paint perfect squares without some kind of template or something.
I could imagine doing it with the shield because the squares are quite big but what about tiny chequered patterns (see example 1).
If you are looking to do a check pattern the easiest way to go about it would be to paint the entire area white and then use a brush with a very sharp tip and draw in the lines both horizontal/vertical or however you want to do it. Then you can go back and paint in every other one with black. Keep in mind that you can use pretty much any color combination you want but I would recommend painting the whole area the lighter color first.
You can draw the lines on with pecil first or even use one of the acrylic pigma pens as well.
Otherwise as far as details go... One thing I have found useful is to paint the recesses a darker color than the objects you are picking out. This will help set them apart rather than blend into the model.
Please share some pics. More specific and detailed info can be given if we know more closely what you are working towards.
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ok you are basically asking how to paint check patterns yes?
rule 1: it is easier to paint dark colours on to lighter ones than light colours on to darker (in the latter case the darker colour will tend to show through) so with a red and white check, paint the thing white
rule 2: if you try to wing it, unless you are a freehand god, your shapes will change size as you go, so unless you want the thing to look wonkey, pencil in the check, probably best with a ruler, just draw the outline
rule 3: paint the darker colour within the squares
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Thankyou so much for your help. Now I have a method for painting patterns. I will try it out tonight and post something about how successful (or unsuccessful) I am.
It's a shame I dont have a camera, I would really like to post some pictures of my minitures.
o.k. one tip.
if you are painting black and white checks then you could use putty like for the leman russ (W.D 326)
paper will do aswell.then spray paint or airbrush black on to he white
Not really, putty/blue tac tends not to give you sharp edges you need for this kind of detail, trying to get lots of perfect blue tac squares would be harder than doing the painting freehand
Paper wont work on this level of detail, no way to link the squares
Liquid latex could be done but you end up marking out the squares and painting in liquid latex, may as well just mark them out and paint them
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practice practice practice- freehanding is fun! and you can only do it if you practice. And if you have a good quality small brush.
ive got a terrible wonky hand but through trial and error my freehand shields/banners/patterns are actually fairly respectable (if i do say so myself) so much so that my next army is quite likely going to be a WAB Pictish raiding party- complete with pictish shield designs and tatoos and im not scared!
One last tip- plan out exactly what you are going to do and, if practical, sketch it in with pencil or at least make sure you dont change your mind half way through- thats where you will go wrong and the design will look poor- this is especially true with shields and banners
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Who knew nerds could be so kind! :yes: Thankyou so much for the advice.
I suppose I was looking for an easy way of doing it but I see now that it's best to do it freehand. It will just take a while to get good at it is all.