MamaGeek Posted November 11, 2010 Share Posted November 11, 2010 So, when I went to Games Day Baltimore this year (because it was the only CON close to my home), I was lucky enough to win a Mines of Moria box set of the LOTR minis game. There are a lot of figures in there, so I'll be using them to experiment with color theory. The first is Gandalf the Gray. He has an overcloak that covers his back and sides, inner robes, and his iconic pointy hat. I wanted to paint the overcloak a different, lighter, gray than the inner robes and hat, and I had two different ideas of how to go about painting gray, so I decided to try one method for the overcloak and the other for the inner robes and hat. The two are opposite methods, meaning their base and shadow colors compliment each other. Putting them together, therefore, on the same figure, turned out to be a mistake, but I learned a lot about gray, and came up with a formula I plan to use again on future pieces. Overcloak: Base color: orange + gray = dull brown Shadow: teal + little black = dark teal Highlight: white + gray = very light gray I am very pleased with the way this looks. It has enough color to bring it to life, while still maintaining an overall impression of "gray." Inner robes and hat: Base color: blue + gray = bluish gray Shadow: orange + little black = rust brown Highlight: white + gray = very light gray This, in my opinion, doesn't look nearly as nice, or at least it would look ok by itself, but next to its color opposite (above), it looks terrible. I wish I'd painted all the gray robes with the Overcloak recipe, but this was an experiment, and you can't expect all experiments to succeed. On the bright side, the hat looks pretty nice with this scheme, I think. Some more photos of the Gandalf WIP: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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