Tutorial for your pleasure:
Blue armour on librarian. There are some colour theory thinking involved in the concept (whether it's right or wrong I can't really say since I'm not an expert on the subject) but all in all a fair bit of experimentation also.
There's a little background to the idea which came to me as I proceeded with painting my red marines. I started to adjust the way I painted red, slowly tweaking it. I wanted a darker red from the get go which was why I decided to rely heavily on Mechrite Red. I initially darkened it with a Devlan Mud wash and then proceeded to highlight it with Blood Red only and did so via dry-brushing. I have since come to rely less on dry-brushing and more on glazing when applying highlights (which I'll hopefully be able to convey in this tutorial).
I wanted the highlights to be more prominent so I scoured the internet to see what others had come up with. The combination of Blood Red, Blazing Orange and Vomit Brown was settled upon after a while. However there was a quality to the final highlight of Vomit Brown that stuck out to me and I wanted to bring it down. That was when I decided to was the entire miniatures with Baal Red wash, this proved to tie all the colours of the highlight together and gave it a rich varied tone which I've loved since.
When approaching the blue colour I decided to take a similar approach:
- Use a dark (primary colour) base
- Wash it to deepen recesses and hint a colour variation
- Highlight 1
- Highlight 2
- Highlight 3
- Wash with origin colour wash (red wash for a red base, blue wash for blue base and so on) to soften the highlights together
It was just a matter of choosing the colours I wanted and trying it out.
Start with your usual primer procedure (whatever it may be). I have a tendancy to use my watered down foundation colours as "priming" mostly since I dislike having to spray (never ends well for me) and I find they grip quite well to the miniatures and after 2-3 layers they have a good coverage.
- watered down to a nice consistency. Might need 2 layers to get a good coverage.
Wash with Thraka Green
. I understand if you're scratching your head a bit about this choice of colour. Many Blue colours has a tendancy to lean towards red (becoming "warm", giving it a purple hue). I want this armour to go towards a nice "cold" armour to put other "warmer" elements/colours on top of to create contrast and visually interesting effects (gold details for example). A hint of green darkens the blue without disturbing the temperature of the colour as much as a red wash would, it also makes it more rich then just washing it with Asurmen Blue
The rest of my army is very "warm" so a character with a contrasting colour palette will look better amongst them!
Broad glazed highlight with Regal Blue
. You might not have thought about it but Regal Blue
leans towards green (turqoise) which is why I've chosen it over Ultramarine Blue
(which has a purple element).
Slightly thinner glazed highlight with Enchanted Blue
Thinly glazed highlight with Ice Blue
. Some of you might have thought the next step would be Hawk Turquoise
here, but that colour is in fact TOO turquoise, making the entire appearance of the armour shifting towards Turquoise which isn't what I'm after. I'm trying to get a deep blue with a green hint!
Wash entire armour with Asurmen Blue
. This is a very important step since it ties all the highlights together and give them a rich palette and gradient which looks good.
See you soon