Join Date: Apr 2011
I've done zenithal highlighting a lot (and I use it extensively for my commisions).
My greyknights are done that way... For metallics, I'm sad to say.. it doesn't work quite as effective as regular paints. The contrast has to be huuuuuuughe before you'll even notice. (I'm talking model air gun vs steel). So here's my suggestion.
Are you planning on airbrushing or using rattle cans?
Personally, If you are going to do this with gold paint, I suggest going with a very dark brown tone (Rhinox hide, scorched brown, or krylon ultra-flat brown), and doing the gold in a zentithal on top of that. Start of straight from the top and go from that 90° angle to a 45° angle on the model.
Then, you can still wash with something like agrax earthshade and rehighlight again (it'll be dirt easy, I always use my zenithal highlight as a guide for the highlights). Pro-tip: add some satin varnish (acrylic!) to your wash to both dilute it (the new washes are a big pigment heavy to my taste) and to get smoother/more even coverage.
Better still, you can use oilwash and clean it up afterwards with mineral spirits... but that would require a coat of gloss varnish over your paint first... Mineral spirits can damage the paint if you overdo it.
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