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So, for the flank scales, I want to go for a bright chrome-like look. I'm quite accustomed to using shaded metallics for armor (in graphite to pearl-white progression) but somehow I don't think the same would work here. Any suggestions on how to approach it?

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So, for the flank scales, I want to go for a bright chrome-like look. I'm quite accustomed to using shaded metallics for armor (in graphite to pearl-white progression) but somehow I don't think the same would work here. Any suggestions on how to approach it?

SENMM?

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SENMM?

 

 

The desert horizon anamorphic reflection method? That would seem to be the answer, but it will be tough to figure out on such a faceted surface.

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Each scale might have to be painted semi-individually, with it's own reflection points. Long process.

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So I guess I have something to add to my next order from Reaper... I showed my wife and she very loudly and enthusiastically declared her love for it. Guess I better learn more about painting... ::): Looks fantastic so far, can't wait to see what you do with the rest!

 

(Edit: OK, maybe not next order... But sometime soon I need to track one down!)

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You could use metallic paints tinted with ink.  I use Daler Rowney Acrylic Artist inks, which are waterproof so they don't bleed, mixed with Formula P3 metallics.  The colors are super-intense; a teeny bit of ink will add a LOT of color.

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In trying to figure out how to do SENMM on such a textured surface, I gave the flank scales a coat of Liquitex Stainless Steel. It turned out better than I expected. I may just go with shaded metallics after all.

 

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Looking good. Are you gonna try to make the plates look mettalic too? You're making me want to try to paint something that looks like spilled oil.

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I could give them a final glaze with interference colors. Either in reverse order or shifted 3 or 4 places along the spectrum. That would make it nice and sparkly, and change color depending on lighting angle.

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Oh my gosh I'm in love with this!  :wub:

My cover photo on facebook is a xenomorph in the style of Lisa Frank, so this is definitely right up my ally!

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I've lined the flank scales with a thin mix of raw umber and phthalo blue, and highlighted them with some iridescent white. After some additional color blending, I glazed the dorsal plates with interference green and violet to give them a metallic shimmer. The belly was base coated with a tan mix, but that will be covered up with something else soon.

 

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