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Once again my inexperience rears its ugly head!
I've been out of action for a few months, and as such, my painting skills, however meager they were to begin with, have suffered.
Anywho, I'm a Black Templar man, so I guess I didn't really give myself much oppertunity to practice layering and thinning paints: "Spray Black here, Basecoat there, Drybrush highlight over there, and some Metalics on that thing" was the extent of what I did to paint my Marines. To avoid potential failure in the Shoulder department, I chose to keep them black also with metalic trim. Oh, how sad I was. But thats about to change!
Now, onto the point of this thread: How do I paint Templar shoulders?
The way I want them to look is not 'Pure White', but a dirty, grungy feel that looks like its seen a couple of fights too many. I want them to look like dried parchment, for lack of better way to describe it.
Before it gets mentioned, I 'have' tried a search, and some basic results have come up. But, being the 'wet-behind-the-ears' painter that I am, I would like as much information as possible. I know you guys rock at painting, so I thought I might ask:
- How does one go about 'Thinning' paints. In the pot, on a palatte? How do you measure the quantities of Water to Paint?
- How many coats of which colours do I need to make the colour look right?
- How do I get that 'Burnt' or 'Dried Parchment' look?
I would like to use the 'Astronomicon Grey' Foundation Paint to base coat. I saw it used at the GW Store and liked the idea over spraying the Shoulders White before modelling.
Thanks in advance guys,
Last edited by X-Slash-X; June 20th, 2007 at 07:02.
Firstly I would like to point out that painting makes you better...
Now On to how you paint shoulder pads: You will be starting off by painting the whole shoulder pad (not the rim) Scorched Brown. Then you will paint over it Bestial Brown leaving the Scorched in the far ends near the trims. Then drybrush over it Bleached Bone. I would do more than one layers to have a nice effect.
And for the list.
You thin paint to the palette or whatever you use for palette. I use a plate! You measure the quantity of water by eye except you can afford to buy something like a dropper and have more precision!
If the paint comes too watered then it may take several coats to make a good color! It all depends on the watering down! If you make it almost like water it will take even 10 coats!
And for the 'Burnt' or 'Dried' Parchment look... it is all in the basecoat. If you make the basecoat to be visible just a little bit then that is the better... apart from that you must keep practicing!
Thanks to all the people showing faith in me
I sometimes feel that everyone will leave me and they will be on their own...
Hmm, never thought of using browns over eachother. I know other people use it to darken things, but didn't think to use it as a basecaot. I may try this once I have a list of methods I can try out to see what I like best.
Does anyone have any experience with painting Templar/White Shoulderpads after a basecoat from a Foundation Paint, most specifically 'Astronomicon Grey'?
On a side note, maybe I should PM Helbrecht, as he does a great job of Black Templars. Failing that, heres to hoping Kuffi or one of the other Painting Gurus drop by. I would like to see how they do things aswell.
My favourite quick way of getting a good white as you desire is to base black, then drybrush Bleached Bone. Now, the key to the DB-ing is IMHO, not to use many layers or such but to make sure the brush is dry, the bristles should be separated from each other and you should really be thinking "hey, this brush needs more paint" before you start applying it to the model.
Then just brush with patience.
This will get you a shoulder pad that's much brighter at the top of the bulge then in the recesses around the brim.
Once you are satisfied you give it a wash of brown/black. A wash means it has been heavily diluted with water. Apply this to the whole piece, let it stay on for like a minute or so, hen wipe it with your thumb. This will leave all the brown-ish in the recesses and some tint of it on the higher parts.
Finally just give it a go, once it's completely dry, of Drybrushing again, this time mix some skull white with the bleached bone.
Drybrush B-bone/Skull White mix.
Easy and really nice looking.
That sounds like an interesting idea. I might give that a try. I know from experience that drybrushing gives good results. Especially when highlighting the entire mini.
The thing I do is drybrush Boltgun Metal over all the black surfaces, which causes it to gather on armour edging and in the cracks. Gives a good highlighted effect, as well as making the miniature look like its made of metal.
it also depends on how you want to paint your templar shoulders.
i play templars and because of many reasons (one that i hate painting large areas of white) i decided to paint my shoulder pads the reverse
(as in white trim with black shoulder-pad and red BT symbols) - this way they still look like black templars but have a unique kinda sense about them.
for sucessive highlights i usually use Codex Grey as a basecoat
followed by 3:2 (codex grey: white) etc etc till white to give me a smooth nice white.
just a little info for ya
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