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I have recently seen this process done and was completely floored with its effectiveness. I would go as far to say that a non metal metallic (nmm) color looks better than just a metallic color, hands down!
I am curious if anyone has a site/ tutorial/ is a paint wizard, and can help me in my attempts to enhance my own painting. Info on gold and silver painting greatly appreciated.
Heres some pic's of nmm at work:
Ok well first you must understand that there are three kinds of NNM's.
1. As shown in the first picture (the dwarf), this is often called Sky-Earth, as you can see the sky and the ground reflected in it. This should only be attempted if you are VERY good. This is by far the hardest type of NMM.
2. As shown on the Ultramarines lighting-claws, this is the normal type of NMM. This is probably the easiest to pull off.
3. Then there is there is coloured NMM, which involves a coloured metal, ie) blue or purple.
Check out the articles regarding NMM, and see which one suites you best.
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Some time ago Hashmallum did a very informative blog including some NMM. Click! (TS Segeant blog + tutorial!)
In theory it is very easy to do some basic NMM, but trying to do it yourself you will realise that it is quite some work. You should take yourself enough time to try it, but in my opinion it is worth the work. Not that I am an expert of any kind, but I tried it in my recent project as well. So good look!
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NMM is something that people either love or hate. Or are indifferent too. The main problem is that it can look 2d and when viewed from a different angle, it looks all wrong. It is generally used on showcase miniatures or those going for awards because the technique can be difficult to do correctly.
To pull it off you need to be able to blend very well and decide where the light source is coming from. Basically, all the highlight must come from one angle otherwise it'll look odd and won't work correctly. I have attempted it twice, one sort of successful the other not so much, and it is difficult to get to grips with. I would suggest you follow that link given to CMON, they have most of the world's best painters and a few tutorials on the subject.
One thing though, some people are starting a "RMM" (real metal metal) come back due to dislike to NMM. But hey, it's all down to taste. =D
As kuffey says, NMM tends to be prefered for display rather than gaming pieces, there are numerous reasons - time consuming - dificult to pull off - get a point of light source for one modle is nothing compared to getting it right for multiple models etc etc
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