|Flat base colour|
|After washes and highlighting|
These two pictures show (as well as my iPhone and shaky hands will allow) what I've been practicing. The left is the flat colour model, the right, highlighted and finished off. The photo doesn't do the left one justice; because of the patchy lighting this photo was taken in the light makes it look shaded, when in fact it's just flat colour.
|Claudius Araelius shown here turning|
his back on the foe, forgetting the first
rule of Gladiating.
Anyway, the technique I've been using isn't compacted or even new (I've used it on the Hardened Veterans, as per the post of a few days back). It simply involves a steady and successive build up of washes. The colours and density of these washes are what dictate the final appearance, not the base colour.
Obviously the base colour is needed for, say, the red shield since that's a very vivid colour you can't replicate with washes. But the padded armour and cloth is all done with heavier washes of Ogryn Flesh. For variety, the loincloth has a few washes of Badab Black in there as well, so it looks like different material.
I think this technique is only appropriate for models with either a lot of flesh, or a lot of natural-coloured cloth or leather. It's also quite time consuming, but looks good on individual models. Compare this to the Mordians I've been working on. The Knarlock Green highlights are a very stark contrast to the Dark Angels Green base coat, but Imperial Guard models only need to look good in rows of fifty and a hundred, where such contrasts will be visible.
I can't see myself getting too much traction out of this technique for the Mordians for the reasons above, but experimenting and adding to your paint-technique armoury is where the fun in painting is to be found.
Over the next few days, I want to carry on a few more of these Gladiators so the Mordians will have to go on hold. I'm building up my paint skill for a very impressive display piece that I'll be putting up in the coming weeks, but ... I've said too much already! Watch this space ...