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i dont know if im going to use black or white undercoat on my high elves...
if i use black ithey are easier to highlicht and you get instant shading.
but if i use white the bright colours whill come out better but i have to highlicht more ( i only collect warhammer FB for 4 month now and i never highlichted be4)
so i need some help
ps: i have orcs and goblins and started a HE army a week ago, so that you are not thinking: How did he undercoat all of his other HEs.
becouse i only have 1 regiment ( silver helms)
undercoat them black because then you can build up and you will get a better effect to the colour (shading etc.)
and you ca paint metals more easily
so i'd go with black (even though i utterly despise HE)
I do mine balck, the armour looks much better when done oer a black base. For the lighter colours you'll just have to put down a layer of white first or a darker version of the colour your using and build it up until it becomes brighter.
But when you come to do archers I suggest you use white, it will bring them up better (also they don't have armour).
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King Ulrik Flamebeard,when doing archers is it a good thing to waterdown fortress grey and putt it in the lower parts of the tunic...?
this is the opposite of highlichting...right?
im all saying this becouse i think highlichting is difficult...
And.... I think i'll go with the black undercoat.
White, here's my reason u want elven minis to look bright and colourful not drab like orcses etc. If u use white u will be able to achieve much sharper colours than with black and IMO save urself alot of time trying to do 10 coats of painting when u could have pulled of a better look with 3. Mind u if u are going to use white u should black line the recesses of the model, which normally takes me about 10 mins, but it will save u hrs in the long run.
its true that white give bright colours a better look but if the unit has allot of armour its a waste of time painting all the armour first black.
so this is what i think im going to do:
-im going to use black undercoat on units with armour (like silver helms).
-im going to use white undercoat on units with no or little armour.
hmm...but if i use black undercoat on unarmoured units then i can build up the brightness (codex grey, fortress grey, skull white) for the highlichting (which i need to practise).
Do them white. Its so hard to get bright colours to look good on black! Its easier to paint the armour black 1st. Trust me on this one!
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I used to use white, but several days ago I tried a black undercoat, and the results were phenomenal! Using black makes the model look more realistic, a bit more grim too. I have had really good experience with white undercoating, it just makes your units look shiny, bright and happy, but now that I have seen the results with a black undercoat I don't think I will use white again, except maybe for mages and archers.