Cerridwyn1st Posted March 12, 2004 Share Posted March 12, 2004 OK, in discribing this stuff, I'm going to do a little linguistic inventing. Forget using "base" in any of this; I find it too confusing. Visual color refers to the color you want to register with the viewer as the color for the mini. Shading is the color that registers as the shadow on the Visual Color. Highlight is the color that registers as the high point on the visual color. Highpoint is the brightest part of the highlight. I've been finding lately that I go on "color tangents". I'll paint similar colors on a series of minis all at once. This has helped me a lot in figuring out how colors work. For instance, I found that I like painting skin greens (like trolls, lizardmen, dragons, etc.) on top of gray instead of white or black. Green on white looks cartoony, muted on black. Gray seems to come out just right. Green skin looks best with an undercoat of dark green-blue for the shade. I then layer up to the visual color and highlight. For the highlight, I'll often just use paler shades of a bottle color, rather than mixing something. I do a little differenlty on green cloth. I start by painting the visual color all over the cloth area. I shadow green by mixing Windsor & Newton Payne's Gray with sky blue and add this to my visual color. If I need more intermediary steps, I add sky blue to the previous mixture. For highlights, I mix yellow in the visual color. the highpoint may be almost pure yellow. Sand yellow works really well for forest green-type colors. Red looks best when you start with an undercoat of red/brown. Vallejo Hull Red is great, and Reaper Brick Red would probably work, too. Sometimes I'll add a bit of my visual color to the Hull Red. Just seems to look better that way. Layer up to the visual red color. For highlight, add yellow or yellow/orange to the visual color. The highpoint may be orange-yellow or yellow with only a touch of red. Blues are fairly easy to shade and highlight, mixing in black for shade and white for highligt works pretty well. You can also use the Payne's Gray mixed with the color for shade, sky blue for the highlight. Black can be a pain, and oddly enough, Payne can help you out. Payne's Gray, that is. My online mentor, Dragonsreach (on CMON) told me about using this color. He uses it to highlight black, then mixes Codex gray little by little and blends up for highpoints. I use sky blue instead - guess I just have to be different - and it works pretty well for me. I haven't done much with white lately. I guess that will be the next phase of my mini-madness. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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