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I try to paint a diverse group of NPCs. Here, I painted this cleric as a dark skinned woman. I am pretty pleased with how her face turned out. However, my attempt at non-metallic metal (mace, canteen, and bracelets) is .... Not the result I envisioned.

 

I am accepting suggestions on how to make it look more like metal, if anyone has specific advice. 😕

 

 

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Good effort on the metals :)  Everything else is splendid though!  You did a great job on this mini.  I might have to pick her up in the future, even though my group doesn't have a cleric.  For an objectively simple model, she really is great!

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Nice.

 

I can't  give much advice on the NMM since I paint metals in TMM.

 

Maybe I should try this too one day.

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Well Done!  The purples and blues compliment each other nicely.  I can't give advice on NMM other than check out Painting Buddha on Youtube, they are very talented.

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I'm sorry, I can't give any help on NMM either; it's something I've never tried.

 

I think you did a great job on her, though!

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If you're going for a silver metallic, start with a dark grey (not black) and highlight with lighter grey.  Then hit a few edges and high spots with white. 

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To look shiny, a surface needs very deep shadows and very bright highlights with rapid and smooth transitions between them. IMO, your metal highlights are both too broad and not high enough (for a polished metal you want to go very near white) and your shadows aren't deep enough.

 

Use an image search to pull up a picture of the kind of metal you want to replicate and look closely at how bright the highlights are and how deep the shadows are. I think you'll find the dynamic range rather greater than you've been working towards.

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I've decided to try again on the metals. I painted over what I had with a 50/50 mix of Pure Black and Armor Grey.

 

Wish me luck. (Updated pic if I get any better results this time.)

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