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I'm currently working on painting up some bad moon orks, but my yellow colors are turning out like garbage. I tried working up from a white undercoat. I was thinking about trying to paint the yellow on a black undercoat now, and working up to yellow from a brown color. If anyone has some other ideas i would really appreciate hearing about them. Thanks!
 

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Personally, I'm not a big fan for white undercoats for yellow, as your undercoat will allready have to be very smooth and equal to get a nice, clean yellow.

Personally, I found the best results were either starting from an Orange (Fiery Orange for example) or one of the more ochre browns, like the Bubonic Brown, Iayden darksun or Tausept Ochre.

Oranges are good for a vibrant, lively yellow, whilst the browns might be a better solution for Orkses.

Now the important bit is to make sure every layer is nice, equal and smooth, no streaks or darke/lighter patches, as these will shine through up to your actual yellow finish.

After the base-colour, I mix up approx 3 measures of the yellow I want with 1 measure of the base-colour for a first highlight, and then a pure yellow for a second highlight.
then, finishing touch, take 3 measures of Skull White for 1 measure of yellow, and highlight the extreme edges with that.

A nice wash to make the yellow more alive and warm is Gryphonne Sepia.

On the armour of these Orks, you can see what the approach starting from Tausept Ochre looks like :
 

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I usually paint over a white basecoat because I do bone a lot, but when I paint yellow I usually start with scorched brown, then bestial brown, then snakebite leather, then bubonic brown, then my yellow shade over that. I can shorten that to Scorched brown, snakebite leather, bubonic brown then yellow. That works over a white basecoat and should work over a black one as well.
 

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Thanks for the info guys, im gonna try those colors out today when i get off work. Maybe ill start having some decent looking bad moons!
 

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I second the above methods in some cases. If you want a really bright and vibrant yellow, I can give you a different route to take.

Start with Fiery Orange, this goes down well over a black undercoat [or white] then add white [2:1 orange to white] and paint this over the majority of the to be yellow areas. Then increase the amount of white for your highlighting, up to pure white.

Then cover this with yellow ink. I'll add body to the shading, give good colour gradiant and will look vibrant and full [rather than washed out.]

For a more naturalistic type yellow, then stick to building from browns. Iyanden Darksun is a great colour for this method as a base as it covers well and is easy to build on.
 

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I usually go for a Bleached Bone basecoat. In my experience when you apply a Yellow paint over it you get an instant "natural looking" highlight.
 

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Check out The Army Painter's Daemonic Yellow spray. http://www.thearmypainter.com/

From there, you can just wash it to get the details out, and highlight it by mixing some bleached bone into whatever yellow you've got handy, and adding more bleached bone as you add progressive highlights.

While that's not the method I use, it's an alternate to what's already been said.

When I paint yellow, I start from a black basecoat. I then apply a layer of a dark red-brown (I paint using Reaper Master Series paints-- I start specifically with Chestnut Brown, but you could use GW Scorched Brown.) Then, I start adding Aged Bone (Bleached Bone) to it until I have a smooth gradient from brown to bone. I then wash the whole thing with Gryphonne Sepia, which smooths out the blending a bit more, and helps with the yellow tone. When that's dry, I apply a very thin layer of Sunlight Yellow (Sunburst Yellow) where the bone color is. Then, I apply another layer of Sunlight Yellow as a highlight (which sounds odd, but the first layer is going to be more of a glaze that stains the bone color than an actual matte layer of color). The last step is to mix a touch of Polished Bone (which is maybe a 1-1 mix of white and Bleached Bone) into the yellow, and highlight the sharp edges with it. If I overdo the highlights, I'll tone it back down with a glaze of Gryphonne Sepia.

The only picture I seem to have is an old WIP shot of Lysander. This is the end result, though. It looks like I only used the bleached bone and later stages as more of a highlight-- generally, I go all the way down to just outside the recesses with it.

 

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I just use the foundation Yellow,give it a wash of Dark flesh. Then bring it up again using the foundation yellow and if I am working on a elite or HQ then mix in some bleached bone for finally highlight.
I have also just washed the foundation yellow with a watered down black wash then brought it back with the foundation paint which is want I did in the first picture.


 

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get the foundation paint "Iyanden Darksun". It'll cover any surface completely in 2-3 thin layers and is a very opaque, mustard like colour. From that you can go in whichever direction. I would avoid sunburst yellow though (the one that comes in the starter paint set) since it's too bright and unnatural-looking. It only really works for painting flames and the sort.


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Well I just use the Yellow foundation (tausept orche)
Then give it a brown wash (Devlen mud)
then I paint a few thin coats of bad moon yellow (I think that's its name)
then Give it a wash of gryphonne sepia
then do another few coats of badmoon yellow
then highlight using badmoon yellow, bleached bone and a little white

 

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I'll go ahead and agree that starting with a black undercoat and a yellow-y brown or orange is a good choice. You can work up to a strong yellow from there, and you won't have the problem of your paint simply not covering the undercoat.
 

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I tend to start off with a Foundation yellow, this way if it seems blotchy, it doesn't seem that bad. But after foundation yellow, I start with Golden Yellow, this is watered down with water, usually to a milky consistancy, then applied until it is nice layer with no blotches, then I highlight with Sunburst yellow mixed with Golden Yellow (About 3:7), then highlight with pure Golden Yellow.
 

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Try using the P3 colour, Menoth White over a black undercoat. Give it two coats before you try th yellow. I used some Cygnus Yellow (another P3 colour) over the Menoth White and it didn't end up looking like someone had poured egg yoke over it.

Allow to me demonstrate:

- Egg yoke effect



- Not Egg Yoke effect



 
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