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I have some Cadians I am working on.
They have an off-grey cloth color (slightly purplish grey), and will have black armour.
On a test miniature, I highlighted the armour with Codex Grey, but it now looks as if I just painted the bloke sloppily, as it seems to be too similar to the main colour on the guy.
Any ideas to help me out?
I've always liked Balck with blue highlights. I knowe it's mostly good for leather yet here's what I do. Midnight blue on the edges and then shadow grey on the extreme highlights.
Try making the codex grey darker. You'll only need to add a very small amount of black paint if you do it this way. On the other hand, you could also make the cloth lighter- this way it won't seem as if the highlighting is merely a result of going a little crazy on the cloth with the paintbrush.
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I've found that for highlighting black, the best effect is mixing a little bleached bone with black (like 20/80 or something, practise your own favourite), mix a little water in too, and apply that around the area you want to highlight.
Next, make a stronger mix with slightly more bleached bone, and either repeat the wash process in a more concentrated area, or make it slightly brighter again and line the edges of the armour.
In my mind, bleached bone works well mixed with black, as it is less harsh than skull white or any of the greys. This way it doesn't destroy the overall 'blackness' of the colour, but still provides a strong highlight.
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You could start by giving it a slight bluish highlight, regak blue or something else as it will mix with the purplish on the uniform. Then add some dark grey and highlight as bright as you want it. Using bleched bone is a good idea...