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You know how sometimes when you're GMing an RPG, you make decisions that later come back to haunt you? Well, I just did that, and now I need some painting advice.

 

My friend and I are running a campaign for our kids. As part of the campaign, each of the kids got to choose a color I would paint the dragon their PC would get to ride.

 

I gave them a list of 21 colors to choose from for their dragon's color, without really thinking about how I would have to paint some of the colors. And of course, once one kid chose a jewel color, the remaining kids did, too.

 

So any suggestions on how to paint Sapphire, Ruby and Diamond dragons?

 

Even if it's a link to tutorials.

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Simple. Buy metallic blue, red, and pearl paint :)

I don't even have to buy those! I like how you're thinking. And if I combine those with the techniques Amalor linked to, it might just work.

 

Thanks for the quick answers so far.

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You could also experiment with painting the surface in a steel or silver metallic, and then painting over that with inks or Tamiya clears if you have either of those. That's a quickie way of doing gems I read about at some point, and might give more of a look of transparency or depth for the blue and red gem dragons?

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You could also experiment with painting the surface in a steel or silver metallic, and then painting over that with inks or Tamiya clears if you have either of those. That's a quickie way of doing gems I read about at some point, and might give more of a look of transparency or depth for the blue and red gem dragons?

 

I'm curious about your methodologies and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

 

In any case kristof, i'm curious as to how to you go so keep us updated. I've wanted to paint a gem dragon for a while now, but really have no clue how to go about it.

 

Wow - from Amalor's link up above. I mean it makes so much sense but I've kind of never really understood it in such a way before. (I really am not an artist ~_~ )

 

Sorry about the black lining, it's from copy-pasting and I don't know how to get rid of it.

 

So from my understanding, the light passes into the object, where it is somewhat diffused and then what you see as the "lowlight" on the bottom is really the light reflecting off of the inside of the object. Very similar to an entry and exit wound created by a bullet if you will :D The light hits the top part full force and leaves a nice sharp reflection. What remains travels through the object, dispersing slowly until it hits the other side, where it shines through in a much wider area and far less brightly.
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I have been toying with the idea of a shimmering look on one (or more) of the scaly critters I have lying around. I recently bought some Liquitex Iridescent Medium to try for this (either as a final thin coat over the paint job, or (more likely) mixed in with the normal colour. So far I haven't actually tried it yet but was toying with asking here whether anyone had tried that sort of thing on dragons as to what the final look is like, but I think I'm just going to have to experiment and see how it turns out.

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In any case kristof, i'm curious as to how to you go so keep us updated. I've wanted to paint a gem dragon for a while now, but really have no clue how to go about it.

 

 

 

Will do.

 

Fortunately on this, I will eventually be doing the dragons as they age through their life cycle. So I get to experiment with some hatchlings first, then work my way up to the bigger dragons.

 

If I'm really lucky, Reaper will do some of the bones minis in translucents by then :devil:

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I've used opalescent and metalic fingernail paints on my giant insect models,

check out the nail section at Walgreens etc for some neat color ideas!

You may have to thin them some,

and I like the idea of starting with a silver base!

 

Chris

(can't find pics of the bugs to upload...)

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You could also experiment with painting the surface in a steel or silver metallic, and then painting over that with inks or Tamiya clears if you have either of those. That's a quickie way of doing gems I read about at some point, and might give more of a look of transparency or depth for the blue and red gem dragons?

So I got my hatchlings painted over the weekend (need to take pictures and post them), but this is the method I wound up going with. I painted all three with a metallic pearl paint, and then painted the ruby and sapphire ones with Tamiya red and blue clear, respectively.

 

The results weren't too bad for the effort I put into them.

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