Thursday, 28 June 2012

Painting Corner: Shining Golds and Optical Lenses

Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to get a model to stand out, and carefully thought out colour schemes, pallets and techniques help you achieve what your mind set out to do. But occasionally, the right combos just don't seem to work, which is where I offer to help.

 This is the start of a future of helpful articles, regarding painting certain colours and models. More will come, but lets start small with some simple and important concepts: gold and lenses.

Gold is a colour which promotes ideas such as richness, leadership, superiority and general fanciness. Getting this colour right requires a number of important steps. Simple steps though. The following guide uses GW paints.

  • Start off with a layer of Warplock Bronze.
  • Follow up with a layer of Gehenna Gold, and a wash of Reikland Fleshshade.

  • After letting this dry, paint with Shinning Gold, leaving recesses unpainted.
  • Add a layer of 1:2 Shinning Gold:Mithil Silver to more prominent edges and surfaces. Finish up with highlights of pure Mithril.

Now onto lenses. This tutorial is very useful for armies with a lot of gun scopes, helmet lenses, tank lighting and auspexes. This tutorial is an adapted tutorial for 'blackstones'. Whilst my example is of a green circular lens, it can easily be adapted to other colours. It was done on paper for ease of photography (lenses are rather tiny):

  • Start by painting the lens black.
  • Add a small crescent of Caliban Green to the bottom of the circle.
  • On top of the previous crescent, add a smaller one, using 50/50 Caliban Green/Moot Green. Make it central within the bigger crescent.
  • Paint an even smaller layer of pure Moot Green. Follow up with a wash of Beil-Tan Green.

  • A final crescent of 50/50 Moot Green/White is added. A dot or two of pure white is then added to the opposite side to the crescents to create a reflection. finally, coat the whole lense in gloss varnish to boost the glass effect.
hopefully these tutorials were useful to you, and will benefit you as you add important details to your models of the far future, or paint the relics of times long forgotten. 


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