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Hi all, I've been painting up the skaven warlord from IoB lately, a small bit im struggling with is painting the fire on the back banner. I assume the skills for painting normal fire and warpfire are pretty much the same with different colour, I was wondering if anyone had any tips. Im quite concerned as its quite an eye drawing piece of the model and I want it to look quite good. So over to you, got any tips for a budding painter in need.

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Fire is brightest at the center. Rather than literally make the "center" brighter, paint the lighter colors towards the source, and keep the darker colors in the recesses of the fire.

Rather than going from yellow to orange to red for normal fire, you pretty much just go from a bright green out to a dark green for warpstone fire.

This is sort of what you're after, I think--

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I start off by painting Red gore, then I use dry brush techniques to apply blood red, than Blazing Orange and lastly Starbright yellow (I beleive thats what its called)
and I got this effect out of it.

I hope this helps.
(note, for dry brushing, I suggest you get a peice a paper after you whipe off the access paint and start adding streaks until you get the thickness your satisfied with.)

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You can also hit white at the very tips. More transitions the better it looks.
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More transitions the better it looks.
Djinn hit it right on the head there. The more layers you do, the better your fire will be.

Start with a very dark green, then slowly add lighter greens to the mix, all the through to white. You need to take extra care and do a lot of layers between the last of the green and the white.

When i'm painting fire now, i usually do about 15 transitions from dark red to yellow. (check the rhino at the end of my project log if you'd like to see the effect)

I wouldn't recommend drybrushing it either if you want it to look as good as it can be. Just take it slow and give it the patience it needs and it will look lovely. Good luck!


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I wouldn't recommend drybrushing it either if you want it to look as good as it can be. Just take it slow and give it the patience it needs and it will look lovely. Good luck!
Looks like someone already disaproved of my fire painting methods.

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Looks like someone already disaproved of my fire painting methods.

I wasn't putting your idea down, drybrushing is fine for building up 3 or 4 highlights. However, if he decided to do 10+ transitions like i suggested then it'd be very difficult to control the colour properly with drybrushing.


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Here's one of my flame marines. Don't remember what colors I used, but I remember there was a lot of blending to transition from the yellow to the red.


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Well for normal fire I usually start painting Scab Red, then Red Gore, then 1:1 Red Gore:Blood Red. For each color change I pick out the next highest layer so the outermost is the brightest. Then I Red Ink all of it (I guess Baal Red wash is the new red ink in wash format). Then I pick back up with Red Gore, 1:1 Red Gore:Blood Red, then Blood Red on only the highest points. Then a little Orange scattered about and a little yellow scattered about just to draw attention to different points.

But honestly, I'd go green for something different.
I'd start Orkhide Shade foundation, Knarloc Green, 1:1 Knarloc:Camo Green, Thraka Green Wash, then Knarlock, 1:1 Knarloc:Camo Green, Camo Green, and then highest points in Snot Green.

More layers = better looking fire with any scheme you do.

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thanks a lot everyone. Some great advice and the results will be posted in my project log (which really needs updating soon). +rep for everyone on me.

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