Monday, March 20, 2017

When in Rome

Once I saw the mosaic tile texture rollers from Green Stuff World, I knew that I had found just the right basing for this guy!

I had some fun with the gold NMM, mixing in the fluorescent yellow in with the purples and greens to make it as bright and intense as possible.

It's important to have that ultra high contrast when doing gold, and not just light vs dark.  You also need to have plenty of contrast with the color temperatures and intensity.  So, placing the greenish gray in the shadow areas makes the highlights even more noticeable and "shiny".

I did one of my kickstarter painting videos on this subject, since I get asked so many questions about it!

He's also here:


  1. Beauty. Love the back of the shield also. Having painted 150+ shield backs for my Vikings and Saxons, its something people often just forget.

    1. Thanks! I think it was Cathy who first spent a lot of time painting shield backs many moons ago, and we've dome it ever since! It really does look much better as there more to see in the shadows :-)