I'm not gonna have any step by step pics, but I will show what the final product looks like on my models as well as the GW models they had used for the Masterclass Article I got the recipe from.
Just a heads up, though. All of these are done with the old GW paints, so if you need to convert to the new stuff that's on you.
This is actually a pretty easy effect to pull off - simple steps and a minimum of color mixing. I love stuff like this.
|Original: Space Hulk duder (not the exact same example I worked from)|
1) Base the whole thing with straight up black. Though you can put a dot or two of blue in the black to take some of the harshness out of it (which I did).
2) With a 50/50 mix of Regal Blue and Ice blue, I highlight all the edges and draw on the lightning effect. Use a fine point brush and be sure to thin your paints.
3) With straight Ice blue I go over all the lightning effects and most of the hard edges. You want to leave some of the edging from step 2 visible. The general idea is that the lighter you focus the lighter colors towards the top of the weapon.
4) With a mix of ice blue and white, I do a third highlight. Again, I'm leaving plenty of the previous step viable on the edging.
5) Now you mix Hawk Turquoise and Dark Angels green ( I used P3 Gnarls Green) and then GLAZE the blade with that mix until you achieve the desired result. Remember to let each glaze dry before you do the next.
6) I then take some of the color from step 1 and edge around where the blade meats the hilt and around the little wire things as well for added definition.
7) Touch up your highlights with a very sparing application of straight white. You primarily want to focus on the top of the blade the junctions on your lightning pattern.
This is another fairly uncomplicated recipe at least technique wise, but it has a lot of steps in it. It also relies a lot on foundation paints, so be sure to thin them to avoid lumpiness.
|Original: Wings from the Sanguinor|
2) Mix a wash of Fenris Gray and Codex Gray. about 50/50. Apply it to the whole area.
3) Mix black into the step 2 mix so that you're at about 50/50 black and the previous mix. Apply this to the deep recesses only.
4) Using straight Astronomicon Gray, paint all the raised areas up to a good solid coat. This step is as much a full layers as it is a highlight.
5) with a 50/50 mix of white and Astronomicon Gray, do another highlight layer. Remember to leave some of step 4 showing.
6) With straight white, apply the final highlight. Remember to leave some of step 5 showing.
|My take: any of the white on this guy|