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Old 06 Feb 2007, 20:31   #1 (permalink)
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Well! For me I find it hard to get a decent colour for my Imperial Fist Models I am starting on, so well I am wondering what you guys do to spruse them up a little :-\

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Old 06 Feb 2007, 21:25   #2 (permalink)
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Hang on Tom should be here in a minute or two.
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*Paging Tom Norman, Tom Norman*
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Old 07 Feb 2007, 01:45   #4 (permalink)
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...Where is he?* ???

Ol' Tom is usually here by now, but don't fret! that yellow son of a Space Marine will be here to show off his awesome-ness Fists, and infinate yellow know-how.

also, if i'm not mistaken, the tank on the homepage is his Demolisher.
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Old 07 Feb 2007, 19:43   #5 (permalink)
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Hangon I'll try sending him a PM
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Old 07 Feb 2007, 21:18   #6 (permalink)
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*Urk* That's me.

Another victim of the infamous yellow fever, eh?

Alright, yellow is a bit of an enigma for most painters. Until you know how to do it, all of your models will either look patchy and weak or be so heavily coated in golden yellow they'll be indistinguishable as Space Marines. Contrary to popular belief, the key is not lots of thin coats mixed with endless patience, it's actually really simple. For me, the key lies in my brand of special sauce; an orange ink mix that I simply dip my base coated models into to give them the shading they need to give them depth. I recommend mixing a pot of it rather than trying to attain the same mix on your palette every time. It is mixed as follows:
  • 1 part yellow ink
  • 1 part red ink
  • 14 parts water
  • A drop or two of PVA glue to improve the gathering qualities and contrast

This may seem very heavily diluted, but that's what works for me. Now the technique for establishing a vibrant basecoat is as follows:
  • Undercoat white with a spray can
  • Apply neat yellow ink all over
  • Heavily drybrush in with sunburst yellow. After this stage, you should be careful not to look directly at your model without a welding mask or at least dark sunglasses.
  • Apply your orange ink wash all over. Whether you apply it manually or 'dip' it, be sure to control the gathering on flat plates by soaking up the excess with a dry brush.

The ink stage will will mute the colour significantly and will probably appear to turn the model more orange than you would like. Don't worry; provided you've mixed the ink wash as directed, the overall orange colour will be far less drastic once you do the red trim and details. The end result should be as follows, take a look and see if it's the shade you'd want for your Imperial Fists. You will notice that in low-light conditions the models may have an orange hue, while in direct sunlight they are retina-searingly bright. On the tabletop they are typically neither orange nor optic nerve scorching, but a warm muted yellow. If this technique and tone of yellow is not for you, then I recommend you consult Komrad for an alternative. Wolkenmann should also be able to offer you some excellent advice. Both are better painters than me and their yellow is far more vibrant.















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Mr. Norman if you keep this up I'll end up contracting yellow fever as well . There's something about yellow and red and just screams out "I'M A CHALLENGE PAINT ME PAINT ME!" I'm going to have to save your post and make notes.




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Old 08 Feb 2007, 12:00   #8 (permalink)
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Mr. Norman if you keep this up I'll end up contracting yellow fever as well . There's something about yellow and red and just screams out "I'M A CHALLENGE PAINT ME PAINT ME!" I'm going to have to save your post and make notes.

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Don't get me wrong, I think I'm a good painter and I'm very happy with my standard, but my minis pale in comparison to Komrad's. Seriously, you need to track down some photos of his work, it's magnificent!
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Hey I still have to give credit were it's due I like you did yellow and you've made it seem very easy
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Hey I still have to give credit were it's due I like you did yellow and you've made it seem very easy
Fair enough, cheers.
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