Sunday, January 27, 2013

Painting the Fiends: some Shaded Basecoat in action...



OK folks!  Here are those images I promised.  

These show that good old Shaded Basecoat technique under way.  As those familiar with this concept already know, the principle behind this technique is to get color on every surface as quickly as possible.

This is very helpful, because it gives you a visual reference to compare and contrast each color against the other.  One color that you think is pretty dark can end up looking very light once you put a very dark color next to it.

The idea is to put colors in place from the beginning.

You will also notice that they tend to be lighter.  The darker shades and colors will be created by glazing in a controlled fashion.


For instance, the gold / brass can now have the shadows added via those glazes, which means I can tint them different shades, creating more interest.  If I shade it darker with purple in one area, and a greenish black in another, that will make the overall color more interesting.


Transparent layers take less time to paint than opaque layers, so you also save time!


There are also far fewer color mixes to remember.  So far, I believe I have only used 5 colors total on these guys.  This means that if you can't get back to a certain project for a while, you won't struggle to recall what you used... no 'formulas' to remember!!


If you are painting an entire army, that helps a lot. :-)


Later today I will be posting images of this guy's buddy.  That will illustrate just how helpful this Shaded Basecoat can be for matching future paint jobs!


That is why this topic is the very first video of the Painting Pyramid!  It is the cornerstone technique of the entire structure.

You can find out more about that here:







4 comments:

  1. Very nice work - like your transparent coloring. Best, Dean

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  2. Seeing the illustration, it all makes perfect sense and the results speak for themselves!

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    1. Thanks! I will be posting the glazing pics as well :-)

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