Painting Metal Miniatures: Part 5 - Advanced Techniques
|STAGE#13 - Techniques in painting.|
Now that we have finished the figure I felt you might like to try out some advanced techniques.
These final touches will adjust and enhance the contrast between the different areas and details of the figure. The Transparency and colour intensity possible with acrylics makes them the best choice for these procedures known as toning, outlining and edging.
Toning: When painting with acrylics there are times when you may find that your highlights and shade are just too stark, you need a small value adjustment, or maybe a slight tint for a particular effect is required. In these cases we use what is known as toning, which is nothing more than a very diluted transparent layer of colour applied over an area in order to soften harsh contrasts or add a special effect. The dilution rate of 1:12 is a good starting point and don't forget to unload your brush several times before applying it.
Outlining: Outlining is the application of a solid dark thin line that separates areas and defines details like seams, pockets, flaps, etc. by acting as a bold shadow. This is done by layering a very thin line with the lowest colour value for each area to be so defined using a dilution rate of around 1:2 in order to build up colour slowly until the desired intensity is attained.
Edging: Although not as widely known as outlining, when accurately placed, it is just as important and it's effects can be quite stunning. Similar to outlining, it is the application of a solid light thin line that separates and defines different areas and details by acting as a bold highlight furthermore increasing the overall sharpness of our figure. A high colour value with a 1:2 dilution is required for gradual colour build up.
"Building and Painting Scale Figures" - Shaped Paine - Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Article by Mario Fuentes "Painting with Vallejo Model Colors Acrylic Paint"- No.20. Historical Miniature Magazine - Sept/Oct issue.
Painting a Dragon next Tutorial, a must for Fantasy lovers. See you in September.
There is a message board on Yahoo Groups that talks about our moulds and I have been reading and submitting to it over the last few months. Lately some advise on casting has been added and I decided that such information should be passed on to answer any similar questions.
Q. Will a very highly heated metal damage the mould?
Q. Should you re-talc between castings?
Q. How many castings should one attempt before letting the mold cool?
Q. Find it difficult to cast the smaller moulds successfully, What can I do to make it work better?
These tips and advice came from the following Yahoo Groups Board. Have a look yourself.