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Discussion in 'Painting and Converting' started by Wilhelm Stürmer, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Wilhelm Stürmer
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    Wilhelm Stürmer Active Member

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    To date, I have only painted some Skinks, which are still a work in progress. Today, I began painting my first larger model: a Troglodon. My coworker that got me into AoS has been offering painting advice and even directly assisting with techniques. This model is still very much a work in progress, but I'd appreciate your input. I would like the main body color to have a purple hue to it. I attempted this with a wash, where the tail splits, but it saturated and covered the blue rather than accenting it. Would what I'm trying to achieve be better attempted with dry brushing? Also, any input on a bright color that would compliment the rest of the body for the sails would be appreciated.
     

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    LizardWizard Well-Known Member

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    He is looking good!

    I would do the sails in orange with a layered blend into yellow
     
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    Im liking the colour. Im not a great painter but have you tried thinning the purple was with lamia medium? If you mix enough in it creates a glaze. Then when dry you can drybrush over everything with the same colour to tie it all together
     
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    Hi!
    You could use a darker wash (Druchii Violet e.g.). Then drybrush with skull-white and glaze the drybrushed areas (not the recesses) with a lighter color :)
     
  5. Wilhelm Stürmer
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    I'll have to research these suggestions. They sound promising, but I have no idea how to perform them. Thank you all for the input.
     
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    Welcome @Wilhelm Stürmer !

    Why don't you start your own paint blog to the painting section so that you can keep updating us + have an archive of your progress? :cool:
     
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    Orange and Yellow are the perfect complementary colours for the sails.

    what you have done so far is right but the next step is achieved in either of two ways, one is more controlled and harder to do but gives a better finish.

    1. Drybrush all the scales with your base colour. (you don't need dry paints to drybrush)



    2. Layer the base color back over the scales (you don't need layer paints to layer)



    I won't go into much more at the moment but kudos for trying such a big model ;)

    Take your time although your a beginner great results can be achieved with patience.
     
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    I will move this and make it his blog if @Wilhelm Stürmer agrees.
     
  9. Wilhelm Stürmer
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    Yup, I agree :) Thanks for the video references, those should be very helpful.
     
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    @Crowsfoot For some reason, your Youtube links aren't working after the thread was moved. :(

    Never mind, issue appears to be on my end.
     
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    Small update. I painted another layer of blue, primarily because I felt that there was too much area that looked as though the brush just ran out of paint. Unfortunately it's now a bit darker than I had wanted. I painted the sails, the underside, and touched up the purple on the spines. I plan to dry brush a purple over the whole body, in an attempt to hue the blue slightly. Hopefully, I can do that tomorrow.
     

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    You could lighten it up with a glaze or directed drybrush of pallid wych flesh or another lighter blue. If you use pallid wych flesh then focus on the elbows, knees, armpits, really any point of flesh that see a lot of articulation.
     
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    @Wilhelm Stürmer ^ this is good advice, with painting minis you have to exaggerate the effect your looking for.

    When you start a model and have a desired colour always remember that the base colour will go darker when you shade, so go a shade lighter with your base and then the same with highlights go 1 or 2 shades lighter than you think, after a couple of models you will just get a feel for the combinations.

    Golden tip: it's easier to darken a model than lighten it, go really bold when you highlight, pallid wych flesh is a brilliant choice and if it's too light you just glaze to tone it down.
     
  14. Wilhelm Stürmer
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    REALLY appreciate this tip! I'll stop by GW and pick some of that up.
     
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    It's what we are here for, we were all new painters once ;)
     
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    If you don't have Lahmian Medium yet then I pick some of it up as well. Sometimes Pallid Wych Flesh needs some restorative work and Lahmian Medium does the trick pretty well.
     
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    So I actually have two updates, because I forgot to post them separately.

    I ended up using Slannesh Grey to highlight the Troglodon. Now, I've had two people say they see the slight purple highlighting, but I can't. The body and highlights didn't turn out quite how I had envisioned, but I still like it, so I'm going with it.

    The underside is based in The Fang and then washed in Agrax. Also, I went with Abaddon Black on the claws, with Ardcoat over it. The lashings are painted with Rhino/Rhinox Hide, emblems in... Something Gold, tusks and fetish skulls in Ushanti Bone, and teeth in a mix of Ushanti Bone & Screaming Skull.

    I plan to paint the feathers in some combination of yellow and orange, and then the venom sacs I'm still undecided on. I know I want them to be a bright contrast, similar to some frog and lizard throat membranes.

    The end will consist of touch up, as there are a few places I've slipped with the brush.

    As always, I'd appreciate your feedback and any suggestions on the venom sac coloring would be appreciated.
     

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    Third set of update pics
     

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