Like color tests.
Last night I got the silver metallics figured out (nothing too fancy) and dicked around with a color test for the rippy claws (the beastman axe).
In an effort to make these posts about small amounts of progress worth something, I'm endeavoring to add in little turdlets (copy right 2011, Brent. All rights reserved) of knowledge.
Lets talk metallic paint. but not gold paint... yet. It always almost sucks anyways.
Silver paint! One of the big reasons that the Citadel silvers (mithril, chainmail and boltgun) are a kind of
Even when I was full on against GW paints (out of principle or some shit... who knows), I always kept the three silvers around. The Vallejo stuff is just not all that great and even the P3 silvers have they're issue (not the least of which is the awful quality of all of the P3 metallics).
But experience and some chance encounters have allowed me to find another cool little trick.
Painting a base coat with the GW silvers is pretty good. But highlighting can be a bit of a bitch - especially if you're thinning those paints at all to get the flow you want. So use the Vallejo model air paints!
Because the paints are designed to be sprayed straight outta the dropper, the pigment and the metal flakes are very fine (even finer than the GW paints). Plus, the paint consistency is already about where you'd want it. but without any being unduly runny.
So give it a shot!
Now that I've blown your minds, I'm off! Stay tuned tomorrow for another installment of slow progress. Though things WILL be awesome once I hit Thursday night.