Here’s a quick tutorial to painting some green Plague Bearers of Nurgle, using a bright-to-dark method. That is, going from a very bright base color, then washing and blending down to the shades. This tutorial comes from Matt Susalka.
Step 1: I’ve primed the model white, then base coated with a 1-1 mix of white and a greenish off-white (similar to old GW’s Rotting Flesh).
Step 2: Taking a watered down green shade (I used Vallejo’s Model Color German Uniform), *carefully* wash over the basecoat, paying attention to keeping the wash thin on the brighter areas and coaxing it into the places where shade should be (when I say carefully, I mean go one small 1/8″ x1/8″ or so at a time, rather than doing a quick ‘all-over’ wash or something like that).
Step 3: Take your shade color (in my case, a mix of that same green and some old Vomit Brown) and apply similarly controlled washes, this time washing only in the shaded areas. If necessary, thin the wash to a glaze and glaze over some mid-tones of the model as well to add depth.
Step 4 (not absolutely necessary, but again, this can help lend depth and uniqueness to your model. keep in mind complementary and contrasting colors in your palette!): Take a second shade (I used 3-1 mix of old Liche Purple to my original green color. I tried to keep this concentrated only to the darkest shades of the model and used it where the shadows would be deepest.
Step 5: Glaze the entire model with a similar color (or the same color) as your original color. I’ve used a green wash I had on hand. This will tie the colors together and add some cohesion to the shades etc. This is also the step in which I brightened some of the edges slightly.
Step 6: Gently bring your mid-tones up to where they should be and begin to add highlights. Repeat this step, glazing with your original color/glaze color when needed to create a smooth transition.
Step 7: I added some details here quickly (as this is a test model for a larger project I’m working on). This will vary depending on your desires outcome, but I’ve kept true to my color palette here and used a purple for the gory bits, the darker colors, and an orangy-brown for the cysts/pimples etc as the lighter accent color.
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