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Hey folks! Just going to pass along a quick technique that I use when I am not sure how well a color will work as a highlight or shade on a figure I am working on, I call it 'The Swatch Stick'. Basically, all it is is a craft stick, tongue depressor etc that has had a small hole drilled in one end to allow a paper clip to be put through it. The stick is then primed with whatever primer you use on your minis, I tend to use white P3 spray for over all coverage, and Reaper White brush on to fix things that I have had to file, scrape or putty after I have started painting. Here is an example that I made the other night with a tongue depressor while finishing up my Barbhast Devils: I was looking at what colors to use to highlight Scale 75 Old Copper (OC), Pure Copper (PC) and Victorian Brass (VB), each of which I painted on the primed stick straight from my palette, the same dilution I used on the minis. It took 2 coats of each.... I then painted a thin strip of Scale 75 Moonstone Alchemy on each color swatch, then a strip of Amber Alchemy. The 3rd strip on the Pure Copper is a 50% mix of Pure Copper and White Alchemy. Again, the strips were painted with paint from my palette. After everything is dry, you can now see which color you like better, or if you like it at all! There is space to try other colors as well.... (Please do not think that these are good representations of the paint colors used! The camera made a hash of the colors, but the idea behind the concept is still there) I guess you could paint each stick with one color, and test a lot of stuff with it if you like... But these are for me, pretty much one use things. After I use the Back side of that tongue depressor, it will get thrown away, since I will know which colors in this case, I want to / need to use. So give it a try! It just costs a couple spritzes of primer, a stick and some time! George PS I am about to use the back of this to test Reaper Pumpkin Orange against Polly S Goblin Flesh, and Scale 75 Kalahari Orange, and likely some other Oranges to find a good highlight for my Ral Partha Goblins!
I am in a bit of a pickle. I've searched around and tried looking at a few threads but I'd like to post my mini and get some concrete advice on how to proceed. I've thought about just spraying it white again, and keep it with the ghostly green all over, but I'd kind of like some additional detail, and thought the dress was great as blue,. It's the rest that don't want to work. Especially the hair and white threads: Any opinion is valid here. I just mainly need advice on what might work in regards to colour combinations. And maybe some advice on how to shade the white parts properly. Although I think I'll go with a creamy wash?
Upon priming and placing my Bones Great Worm on a temporary working base I came to notice something that didn't fully occur to me beforehand. My normal working base choice is the lid to a dip can; awful habit, I know, but the tins make great rinse reservoirs and the lids are great for basing and a crude dry palette... I digress. Anyway, I ended up mounting the worm on a beverage bottle, which placed on my desk, and me seated in front of said desk, brought Mr. Worm to about eye level. I noticed that his model casts a pretty serious shadow on a fair portion of the front of his body, something I knew, but didn't really notice to what degree until I was looking at him eye-to-maw. So! My question is, for models that cast their own shadow, how do you approach shading that area? I can think of two basic approaches here. Either A: I ignore the fact that he's creating his own shade, and treat the entire underside uniformly, or B: I can move him and the light around until I get something I like, mentally bookmark it or even outline it, and actively paint-shade that area, so that no matter what light this guy is viewed in or from what angle, he'll appear to be casting shade on himself. Or of course, C: somewhere in between. TL;DR, would you shade areas 1 and 2 in this picture the same or differently?