After I posted my contrast nmm gold tutorial recently I had a few people asking for a steel tutorial using the same contrast technique.
So, being the nice guy that I am here it is! 🙂
Here are the stages I used-
1. Undercoat grey seer spray.
2. Place initial light reflections with space wolves grey. (Try not to make these too regular)
3. Inside the first stage reflections I used gryph charger grey to darken the area.
4. I repeated the process with basilicanum grey.
5. Black templar was then used as a final shade in the darkest areas of the blade.
6. I then used grey seer base paint as a thin glaze to soften the gradient between stages.
7. I wasn't happy with the blend at this point so I tried out apothecary white as a glaze to smooth the transitions and it worked great.
8. Pure white was then used as a thin glaze inside the lightest reflections on the blade.
9. Then I used pure white as a sharp line highlight to define the blade and add hot spot reflections and I also went back with a little black Templar to deepen some shading.
You could finish at this stage if you wish but the next stage shows what more can be added.
10. With the blade complete I wanted to add some colour to it. Steel and silver reflect their environment so it's nice to keep that in mind.
I decided to add some gold reflections to the bottom of the blade with nazdreg yellow (imagine it's next to a gold leg). I also added some blue reflections with Aethematic blue to give it a daytime feel.
This stage isn't usually done much with nmm gold do it's fun to do with steel as it can set the scene for your miniature.
I had a couple of hours to kill this morning so I thought I'd do another contrast paints tutorial.
I wanted to see how easy and fast it would be to achieve a decent skin tone as its always a part of a mini that can cause problems.
Here are the stages I used-
1. Over an undercoat of wraithbone spray I applied a 50/50 mix of darkoath flesh and contrast medium.
2. I then shaded in select areas with pure darkoath flesh.
3. I repeated this process with fyreslayer flesh focusing more on the deeper recesses.
4. Then with pure cygor brown I picked out the deepest areas such as the eyes, mouth and ears.
5. The entire face then got a glaze of 50/50 mix skeleton horde and contrast medium.
6. I then washed around the nose, lip and cheeks with an equal parts mix of flesh tearers red, fyreslayer flesh and contrast medium.
At this point I also washed a small amount of space wolves grey around the eyes.
7. I then highlighted the face with wraithbone base paint. I did this in about 3 thin layers.
8. Pure white was then used to pick out the very edge and define the face.
9. I used a little basilicanum grey to define the eyes before painting them and finishing the hair.
There you go! As with the nmm tutorial I did this technique is faster than regular painting and I think it gave a good result.
This way of painting skin isn't that different to what I'd normally do but it takes the hassle out of trying to lay down a smooth basecoat.
I'm thinking of doing a steel nmm tutorial next as it was a popular request last time.
Here is my finished Shroomancer from the Gobbapalooza set.
This was originally intended to be part of a Golden Demon entry for this years competition but as I was asked to judge again it went on the back burner as I finished some army stuff.
The sculpt is by Seb Perbet and it's my favourite character from the set i think. I love everything that's going on in the scene. It's a mini diorama really with the goblin tripping out on shrooms and seeing his visions come to life!
I knew when I saw it that it would be great fun to paint. Not only because it's an awesome miniature but I knew I could throw a lot of colour onto it as well.
Choosing the colours to use was quite difficult really as the 'Eavy Metal version is pretty much spot on in terms of balance and colour choice. I wanted my version to be different however so I settled for a similar colour palette but tweaked some of the nuances to make it unique and my own.
The base was very fun to do, it was constructed mainly from thin slate and wood putty. This putty is great to use for bases, it dries fast and carves very easily. The little shrooms and critters on the base where especially fun to paint!
Hope you like!
With the release of the new Citadel contrast paints I thought it would be a great opportunity to re visit painting non metallic metals (nmm).
I wanted to try out the new contrast colours and apply them to this technique to see what results I could achieve.
With this in mind I picked a suitable miniature which was a Stormcast Liberator and undercoated it with the new wraithbone spray.
All contrast paints where thinned with the new contrast medium during this process.
Here are the stages I did when painting-
1. Wraithbone spray
2. Nazdreg yellow
3. Snakebite leather
4. Fyreslayer flesh
5. Cygor brown
6. Black templar
7. Iyanden yellow glaze all over
8. Wraithbone base paint highlight
9. Pure white highlight
You can see that most of the technique involves a lot of glazing the colours over each other. Rather than highlighting in stages as you would normally paint this involves working backwards essentially. So starting with larger areas of lighter colours and then shading down with less paint.
As with all nmm painting the real trick is when you add those final white highlights and hot spots to trick the eye.
I’m pretty happy with the test result and compared to my other nmm painting it was much quicker although a little messier if I’m honest but I’m sure with more practice with the paints this will improve.
Here's Robute Skulliman finished for my Silver Skulls army.
This month I have to finish painting this miniature and a Primaris librarian for a game on Warhammer TV against my brother soon.
I imagine this guy to still be Guilliman but in Mortis armour while on campaign with the Silver Skulls.
I removed the ultramarine icons and sculpted Silver Skulls icons to match the rest of my army.
The blue flames and eyes are to match in with the spot colour on my army.