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I think the Tau codex colors for the Kroot Carnivore are awesome. There's just one problem... I followed their instructions for painting them, and it didn't turn out right. Instead of looking greenish, they look mud brown with "rotting flesh" warpaint where I put the highlights.
Anyone else have this problem? Or have any suggestions on how to get that color? I went and bought an Anghor Prok 'cause he looked cool, and I wanted to paint him the same way...
maybe try white primer instead of black. it makes collors more lively.
it can be that your paint doesn't cover properly?
The codex says they were based in black, so I based them in black. It says 50/50 Scorched Brown and Camo Green. I did that. It then said add Rotting Flesh to the mix. I tried 1:1:1 and it came out brown. So I tried 1:1:2 (50/50 "50/50 Scorched Brown/Camo Green" and Rotting Flesh). Still came out a muddy brown. Did I read the Codex wrong? Was there a typo in the codex? I can't get the greenish look in the codex...
Granted I'm new to the painting thing, but I figured if I follow the instructions...
Originally Posted by briard
One of the things to keep in mind about GW studio painting is that it's never so simple as their instructions make it sound. Primarily, everything they do is different forms of drybrushing. The basecoat is the only coat that is actually solid. After that, everything, even that first coat of Scorched Brown and Camo Green, is some sort of drybrushing. As you work your way higher up in layers, the drybrushing gets lighter and lighter until the final coat only touches the most raised areas of the model.
In this case, though, the model isn't "greenish" at all -it's that original base mix highlighted to look green.
So try this:
Start with your base mix as the instructions say.
Once that coat is applied, set up a new mixture of paint, this time about 15/35/50% Scorched Brown/Camo Green/Rotting Flesh and try that for the next layer of drybrushing. This should be a fairly heavy drybrush, as you want to cover all but the recesses of the model.
The next coat looks like mostly Rotting Flesh with a little bit of Camo Green mixed in to darken it. This highlight should be lighter, touching only on the raised areas of the model.
The final highlight should be straight Rotting Flesh. This layer should be extremely light barely touching only the highest points and ridges on the model.
After that, the redshirts usually finish the whole model with their flat varnish, base it, and away you go.
[DISCLAIMER: While I do intend to paint my Kroot using the "official" scheme as well, I have not done so yet, so my advice is theoretical at best and should be taken with a grain of salt. I'll be sure to drop by and post how I actually did it once I do.]
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