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Help with feathers

Discussion in 'Painting and Converting' started by Lord Skal'terakk, Nov 23, 2019.

  1. Lord Skal'terakk
    Cold One

    Lord Skal'terakk Well-Known Member

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    Hello everyone! Long time no post, I've been silently stalking the forum the last few months. I am stuck while painting my fanath blood bowl kroxigor, and I wanted to ask for painting advice for anyone who can share their wisdom with me. I suck at feathers. Last I did were okay I guess but I fear my sucking will ruin this otherwise nice miniature. How do you guys do it? I don't even know what colors to use, I want him to stay ferocious so not too bright or gay (original use of the word), here's a picture of it to have an idea:

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    Please, Lustrian gods, hear my plead! I beg thy for guidance, give me the vision that I need!
     
  2. bOdziO Wolf
    Kroxigor

    bOdziO Wolf Well-Known Member

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    What about classical lizardmen Jamaican-style red-yellow-green layered feathers? I think they add a nice color variation to our blue-bodied lizards :)
     
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  3. Aginor
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    Aginor Fifth Spawning Staff Member

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    What I usually do with feathers:
    - paint all white first. That makes the colors shine.
    - paint all yellow
    - paint a third green, and a third orange.
    - drybrush the transition between the yellow part and the others.
     
  4. Nazqua
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    Nazqua Well-Known Member

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    Great advice aginor,
    If you're going for a super detailed model you might want to smooth out the transition more, if so you could also use a bit of glaze, such as way watchers green or lamenters yellow and put a small amount where the colours start to mix.
     
  5. Aginor
    Slann

    Aginor Fifth Spawning Staff Member

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    Yeah, I admit that I usually just drybrush transitions because I lack the skill/patience to do transitions using shades or glazes. :D
     
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  6. bOdziO Wolf
    Kroxigor

    bOdziO Wolf Well-Known Member

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    That's what we call dithering in computer graphics!

    I think you can also just mix colors in the palette and apply until the transitions becomes smooth enough when looking from afar, for example:

    Start with red, orange, green (warning: green must be a warm color green, even yellow green). Then you paint the mix of red and orange in the middle of where red and orange meet, by covering the more of the red area than the orange area (you will overpaint orange from the side that meets the green). Do the same using the mix of orange and the green (here if you do not use the warm green you will get a grayed or rotten green which we don't want) when the orange meets green.
    This will give you a six color feather, which in my opinion totally should look fine when looking from afar (table top).
     
  7. Aginor
    Slann

    Aginor Fifth Spawning Staff Member

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    Hehehe, yeah, that's really dithering!
    I do 3-4 color dithering with my drybrushing technique, and I'd say even that is enough for the tabletop.

    This is one of my first ever miniatures (meanwhile I can paint a bit better), and it uses the technique I described earlier for the feathers on the weapon.

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    Crowsfoot Guardian of Paints Staff Member

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  9. Lord Skal'terakk
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    Lord Skal'terakk Well-Known Member

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    Thank you everybody for the help!! I tried a couple ideas and ended up settling for a good old firey style. Really loved the feedback, as I've said before several times, I love this forum. Thank you!!!

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  10. Just A Skink
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    Simple but effective. A nice pop of color for that great looking model.
     
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  11. Cageyblood
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    Your choice was wise, the finished model looks very good and the feathers add quite a bit.
     
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  12. Joshua Horchler
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    Nice work. If I could say one thing is that I think they would look even better if you pushed the contrast inbetween the individual feathers. You could add an almost black ink/wash on the boarders and bases of the feathers that way they are broken up more. At first glance it's hard to tell where one feather ends and the other begins.

    But overall great work!
     
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