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Okay, so I am going to be painting up this guy soon:




I'm curious about what colors to use for the snow on the snowman. It doesn't seem to be a pure white (which makes sense) but I couldn't tell really what colors were used. I know that blues and even really dark blues, are often used for shadows (I know that Nightmare Black is actually a favorite of at least one forumite), but its the "white" that has me unsure. Any ideas? (as for the base, I realize that there are a number of options for putting snow on the base).


As always, thanks in advance for any help?

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 There are at least a couple of blue-tinted whites in the Reaper paint lines... Factory White from the Heavy Gears line, and Ghost White from the MSPs... If you're going to mix your own color, be careful to only add a very tiny bit of blue into your white - even just a tiny drop will go a long, long way toward tinting it.


Although you could just base-coat the snowman a dark blue and use a pure white on it as well, since the darker blue undercoat will bring the brightness of the white down at least a little bit.

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Like @Mad Jack said Ghost White has a hint of blue in it and could work well for snow (I have an old bottle of it but I think it is called Spectral White).


I used Glacier Blue to tint the base on my Frost Giant, then put the snow flock over it to just give a small hint of blue.


Edit:  The Glacier Blue I believe is from VGC. 

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2 hours ago, ub3r_n3rd said:

Reaper MSP Snow Shadow is really nice for well.. shadows in snow... :;):


What sorcery is this!?!?  :)


Seriously though, thanks all for the replies!

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How snow looks depends on the lighting. It is so luminous and reflective that on bright sunny days the shadows are pretty much the color of the sky, one shade darker.


Here are some of the ways I’ve tackled snow shadows:


I used bright violets and blues here to suggest a twilight sky: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/60584-02599-frorigh-frost-giant/



Same, with the addition of some deep blue-blacks: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/60585-otherworld-miniatures-g3-frost-giant/


In more recent figures I’ve used a more subtle, ashy blue that still reads as pretty bright. Scumbling thin layers of white over it increases the luminosity: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/77755-a-large-werewolf-tracker-14532-aislinn-shadow-tracker/






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9 hours ago, Pingo said:

Scumbling thin layers of white over it increases the luminosity






I'm artistically illiterate, I thought scumblings were younger, wimpier versions of scum.  : )

The true meaning was, however, more enlightening.

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