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Working out an Imperial Guard force and finally getting around to painting my two armored fist chimeras. They will be painted black. In past armies I have always painted black simply using the black base coat spray, but dry-brusing a metalic on a tank it will not be so great over base coat. I was planning on some chipped bullet marks as well so possibly layering some metals. Ideas? I was thinking of watering down some blue or something then dry-brushing black onto that... IDK.
Coat d'arms make a colour called panzer grey. Its not quite black but chuffing close. They make an Iton grey which is like GW fenris grey but darker. Verry good for edge hilights.
start with dark grey. layer on chaos black. smother it in black ink.
That is not dead which may eternal lie,
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The key to good Black is the colour theory. The darkest shade is pure black, so only use pure black as shading. What would normally be pure black, paint very dark grey, by mixing codex Grey into black (i actually prefer a bit of bleached bone), painting that as the base coat, leaving pure black as shading. Do not highlight with straight Codex Grey, instead mix black into it, it will make the highlight look more natural. The other method you could try is extreme highlights, but it is very time consuming and i personally do not like the outcome.
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I'd say extreme highlighting is much quicker and easier to accomplish than layering, but I agree that it doesn't look as good.
Check out *this* article on the GW site for some general black tips...
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Congrats to Gareth on the wolf priest, but i'm not sure how many rounded parts are on the tank that could work like that. If I can pull something like that off I'll create some more storm troopers (i use space marines without shoulder pads for the torso, no backpack. I'm also tempted to try that grey to black to ink layer but then I also think the pure black highlights on that might work. Hopefully I don't get globs, hints on globs? Best to just avoid them, but when you get them is there a better way than a coffee stir-stick? I mean come on people, is there a better way to save spilled paint? Thanks to everyone that responded I'm getting some free time soon so here goes.
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There is one technique I learned from my local GW store, it would not give a 'perfect look' but it's a very easy process to mass-produce alot of black color models.
First you mix some 'lamp black' (the term that the staff called) by mixing 2 portion of black with 1 portion of bleach bone. Apply them on the necessary area, then wash the entire model with Black Ink thinned down with water, 1 portion of ink and 2-3 portion of water.
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I'ver been painting Black Templars for a while now, and through weeks of trial and testing i feel that i found a very nice ratio between grey and black in a layering technique.
Base Colour : Black undercoat
First layer: 2.5 parts CB, 0.5 CG
Second layer: 1.5-1.7parts CB, 1.5-1.3 parts CG
Third layer: 0.7 parts CB, 2.3 parts CB
Highlighting layer: CG
I tried doing a simple 2:1, 1:1, 1:2 mix between the two colours, but never felt that the differences between the colour were defined enough.