[Hauby Lauby] – Sons of Medusa Terminator Squad WIP: Days 16-18
Part of an ongoing WIP series. You can find the rest of it under this tag: Sons of Medusa Terminator WIP
So far my plan, to condense multiple days worth of same-y work into one interesting post has worked out. It also gives the other authors a chance to sit on the front page.
When we last left off, I had just finished base coating the metallic areas. The last few days consisted of me applying a solid coat of Boltgun Metal (which just doesn’t seem to want to go bad – lucky!) over the brown parts.
…followed by the shooty bits and general touch ups on Wednesday.
At this point, the models are really starting to look like something and from here on out, it’s just a matter of reinforcing that.
Extra Fun Painting Tip Time!!!
I had to touch up the assault cannon quite a bit anyways, so I went ahead and did the first piece of actual detail work on the model. What I’m assuming is some kind of motor/drive shaft thing on the ass. cannon got a nice gold paint job as a way to add a touch of visual interest and to use a color I don’t work with often enough.
It’s a pretty basic recipe that’s easy to replicate – especially given that there are a ton of equivalent colors out there for the gold and the wash.
1.) Over the SS German Camo Brown (a fairly neutral, dark brown), I built up a solid layer of Glorious Gold (Vallejo Game Color). When painting gold, it’s important to keep in mind that gold paint, almost universally, has shitty coverage. To combat this, it helps to paint over a base coat – brown is best, though it helps even more if the brown has the same kind of color qualities as the gold. So for example, Glorious gold has a reddish cast to it – so something like the now OOP GW Scorched Earth (also reddish) would be ideal.
Then you do a bunch of thin layers (rather than one super think one). Sometime’s it super helpful if you do a thin, intermediate layer of color mixed from the gold and the base coat. It does wonders for the overall color quality and can really save you some time.
I ignored all of my own suggestions and still got the result I wanted as it was a small, isolated area with lots of texture.
2.) Next I gave it a couple thin layers of Devlan Mud to tone it down and add depth. If you want to make the gold really pop (as opposed to what I did), a sepia wash is the way to go. Especially on this kind of red gold.
3.) Once that was dry, I mixed up a highlight color out of the gold and P3 Radiant Platinum and did some careful line highlights.
Next on the to do list is give the metal areas some washes to tone them down and then it’s on to some more weathering.