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I'm thinking about going with an ice scheme so white, blue etc. Have you got any suggestions? Oh yeah, how do you paint the very small/thin parts of the miniatures?
You can do this quickly with inks or drybrushing over slightly darker colours. You can also shade it by hand which will look much better but will take longer. You should also think about what colour you want to use on the weapons and areas like claws. They can be done in very similar colours or done in colours that acts as a strong contrast to the colours you have chosen.
The eyes are also important. They can change the look of the swarm depending on how they are done. Yellow is a common choice. Something like scorpion green will look good. Red is darker and harder to spot. Paint the eyes by filling in the eye area with balck. Then paint white over the eye but leave a tiny amount of black around it. Then paint the white the colour you have chosen. The idea is to leave a little black around the colour of the eye because the black will bring out the colour very well even though people won't really notice it. Otherwise the eye colour will just look like a blob.
To paint the very small areas on models you need to use a small brush. You can apply some ink over a colour you paint in a small area. That may work to give it some depth and save you from having too much trouble with it.
Ok, what do you mean by shading? Also, what foundation colour should i do, black or whte? What is drybrushing? What colour eyes would look good with the ice scheme? What colours do you reccomend? Sorry aobut all of these questions I'm new to painting and 40K XD But thanks anyway. I appreciate it.
Joninator i'm sorry to say this but you should look in the hobby section and read some stickies about painting how-to's. In addtion your local gameswork shop holds free paint shops and lets you bring your models in and paint them for free under supervision. This sounds like something you would benefit from. That said:
Prime them white, painting white colors over black is a bitch.
shading is drawing an area up from one shade of a color (dark green) to another (light green, blue green, etc)
dry brushing is brushing with no water on the brush, it's not strokes like painting but more like dusting paint onto the model
choose monotone colors in the palatte you already described (whites, grey's and blues)
make your eye's red.
I agree with badexample really look for your local games workshop, they can really help you and give you tons of advice. but here are my two cents.
That is exactly the coloring scheme I use for my nids. I’m by far not the best painter out there but I do believe they turn out just nicely. This is how I do it.
Make sure you start with priming them completely white, including the base.
Then I paint the exoskeleton bleached bone. But apply it light, giving it a bit more of a lighter shade. Then the scales ice blue, then a blue wash over after which you can highlight with ice blue again.
For the fleshy parts I use a purple and the eyes I paint yellow, then red leaving the edges for a thin line yellow, and then just a small dot of black in the middle.
If the model is carrying weapon I paint it black with red, with the most part being black. This really looks awesome and goes quite well actually with the whole white, blue snowy model of the nid. The small gem on the sides I paint as eyes using the same methods for the model’s eyes.
Before I apply my finishing touch go over the whole model once more really looking for the details, because if you forgot a bit, or made a mistake somewhere this stands out way more on a white model light model then on a black dark model.
When I’m satisfied with my model, I take a dry brush, dip it in white and from a top view dry brushing everything a can see with a bit of white. Giving the impression it is snowing lightly, you could paint everything of the front also white giving the impression it is walking through blizzard but that kinda ruins the model. don’t forget the hooves, they are walking through snow after all, so dry brush these white as well.
Then for the base I glue some small flat stones on it, the games workshop, (but so does any modeling shop) sells these. ( on the smaller models I prefer to use just one stone for every few models ). Then just apply glue over the entire base and a bit on the rocks and then dip it in artificial snow. Also for sale in about any modeling shop. As a last touch for the bases paint the edge back to black, this really makes the base stand out.
I’ll post a pic of in the near future.
I hope this helped!
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Thank you very much, I might just do that. Can't wait to see the pic.
I'd suggest doing some test models to try out your schemes and get a good idea of what works and doesn't. If you've never painted before, it can be pretty daunting to try and paint an entire army. Plus doing test figs lets you work on your skills quicker than trying to do many models at once. I almost always paint up a gaunt when I'm trying a new scheme. if I like it, I adopt it on a larger scale. EG:
Your base color will greatly affect the overall tone of anything painted over the top. The general rule of thumb is: white for brighter and lighter colors, black for darker. So a bright red would be over white, a deep/dark red would be over black.
Modeling is always a good time to experiment. And don't feel like you have to go out and buy expensive supplies. Many craft stores carry basing material that is waaaay cheaper than GW sells for, and works just as well. Plus you can always make use of many things you find laying around. For example, these zoanthropes have a handful of stones I picked up from the yard in front of my house. A few layers, washes and highlights and they fit right into the base. EG:
This site has some decent tutorials on basic painting techniques. Highlights, washes, layering, color wheels, basing, etc... Read through them, try them and don't be afraid to mess up. The only way you'll improve is to be willing to make mistakes!
They are really good. But if I ddo mine like that, I'd probably have the flesh a lot more whiter, and use ice blue and a darker blue
Well yeah, I don't expect you to use my color scheme. Just posting them as examples. The gaunt was the test gaunt for my latest color scheme. Do a test for yours and give us a pic!