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I recently picked up 2 of these new models but I was wondering how do you guys paint the crsytals?
Do you need a white primer over it or just paint over the clear plastic? I'm hoping to go for that very translucent look with many colours.
I guess this same question applies to Eldar gem-stones too, I've been trying to figure out clear-looking translucent gem-stones for ages now instead of just painting them flat.
For the new Fire Prism crystals, since they are now clear, I used the GW washes to get a purple tint to mine. I'm debating adding gloss varnish over the top to make them shiny instead of just semi-flat. For regular gemstones, pick a few shades of a color and blend from almost white at the bottom through the shades of that color, then to black towards the top. Add a white dot to the corner of the black opposite from the imaginary lightsource. Apply gloss varnish over the whole gem to further enhance the effect of a polished gem.
Scratchbuilding Fire Prism Crystals
2K Mech Eldar in 2010: 25Win/4Lose/8Draw
GW recomend that they aren't painted, so you will have to paint the cage in the frame before you assemble the Fire Prism
I'll probably leave mine clear. I'd like to wash the inside of the transparent 'cage' area, but then it's going to be tough to emulate that look on the 'tip' crystal, so..
painting on the inside with a translucent paint is definitely a plan imo.. i often do it with cockpit canopies as well.
Last edited by eris; July 7th, 2010 at 11:55.