The second in a series of modeling and painting posts by Fade_74
The Average Guardsman – Part 2 | Color Selection and Base Coating
Hello people! Following up on part 1 of this series, today we are going to talk a little about basic colors and then start base coating our average guardsman. By using just a few easy techniques, you easily achieve an above average look for your Imperial Guard, or whatever else you are painting.
-Scorched Brown goes with Bestial Brown
-Mordian Blue goes with Ultramarines Blue, etc.
Base coating the clothing and armor always comes next for me. Take a fine brush and outline the items that won’t be getting painted. Belts, hands, face, etc. You can do this with paint straight out of the pot, as it will be a little thick and it will create sort of a dam that will help you from getting your colors in places they don’t need to go. Don’t forget to leave a very thin black line between everything. It will add definition and a clear demarcation between things………DOH! I was going to have a pic of this step, but I went into a trance and did this and the next step without stopping lol. You will be able to see how I left the black lines in the next pic.
Once you have your outline complete you can start blocking everything in. Now is the time to thin out your paint a bit. The thinner your paint is, the smoother the finish will be when complete, but you will have to paint more coats. I would suggest something a little thicker than milk for most applications. You don’t want to have to paint more than 4-5 coats of any one color but you don’t want the paint to be globby either. I know this seems a little tedious but the results will be well worth it in the end.
Now that we have a nice base to work with let’s shade a bit. Your shade color should be warm for warm colors, reds, browns, olive greens, and yellows should always be shaded with a darker version of that color, or brown. Cool colors like blue, blue greens, grey, and brown should be shaded with black. You can either use very, very thinned paint (10 to 1), or you can buy a ready mixed wash. I find that the citadel washes work great for me. The one thing you want to watch out for is putting to much wash on. Don’t just slop it on. It won’t look good. A wash should be painted into the low spots of your mini not painted over the whole thing. If you want to avoid the wash ring effect, put just a drop of dish washing detergent into your mix. It breaks the surface tension of the wash and allows it to flow easily. Allow your mini to dry thoroughly before you move on. And don’t worry about any wash that gets in the wrong place. Leave it, as the next step will remedy it very easily.
Next time, we will delve into highlighting, but if you have any questions or comments on this step or others, feel free to post, I will get back to you ASAP! See you around!
P.S. Here are some pics of my finished Macharius tank. It turned out so well that I feel the need to show it off a little. http://www.coolminiornot.com/216478
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Fade_74 has been an avid gamer for 20 odd years. He plays just about everything. His favorite 40k army is Imperial Guard, but he has also been known to collect and play Necrons, Space Marines, and Tau. If you would like to check out some of his other work just follow this link. http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/Fade+13
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