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Thanks everyone for the kind words.  It's nice to hear.  

 

Where shall I being? The elusive white cloak that is shaded perfectly, or the awesome NMM or the shampoo-ad splendid hair?? 

 

Simply great all over!

 

May the gods reward you for the NMM compliment, but actually I used metallics.  I'm not very good at NMM.  I do a version of TMM (True Metallic Metal), which I love doing because it's easier, really fun and there are so many variations.  Every bit of metal I do is different and I never quite know what I'm going to come up with.

Basically it goes down like this:  

1.  Base coat of chosen metallic color (in this case I used Cobalt Alchemy from Scale75)

2.  Throw down some very thinned and controlled glazes (between 3-10 glazes, let's say, but you could certainly do more).  Depending on the paint and how strong I want the color to be, I use something like 1:4-8 paint to water ratio.  You have to kind of eye ball it.  Start with less water and when you start applying if it's going on too strong then just dilute it a bit more.  You don't want to just slap it on there like a wash.  You want to control where it goes and you don't want it pooling all over the place.  The goal is to make a subtle change.  With each glaze, you are slowly changing the color of the metal.  You want to start from the lighter colors and work your way up to the darker.  In this case I only did 4 glazes.  I started with a bright red, then a purple, then a light brown, followed by a dark brown.

3.  In the shadowy areas lay down some washes.  In this case I used Agrax Earthshade from Citadel, which has become one of my favorites.  If you do enough glazes in step number 2 then you might not have to use a wash.

4.  This is where the TMM comes in.  I just go back and highlight with a watered down version of the base coat color and add in some white for the final bits of highlighting.

 

It looks like a lot of steps but it doesn't take as long as it sounds.  The base coat is one pass (with Scale75 paint anyways, because their metallics are awesome), the glazes are quickly applied and should be thin enough that they're dry by the time you're ready to pass with the second color.  The wash will take some drying time, so just do some push ups, move on to the shield, or something.  For me the hardest part is figuring out where to put the final highlights.  I'm kind of a dunce when it comes to that.  I use online examples to give me an idea of where to place them.

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