Hey ladies and gents. I have found that in my trips across the web looking at project logs and painting threads in forums I have found that lots of people struggle with fabrics. In the real world around the hobby table lots of folks have asked me about my methods for painting fabrics, cloaks and capes in particular. With this in mind I have decided to do a series of tutorials covering many of the common cloak and fabric colors seen in miniature painting. I use a layering and blending method in painting fabric, followed up by a wash or two just to blend everything together. So in the end this method really can be used to paint any color that you want using the basic principles of shade and highlight tones. Anyway, first up on the block is Sky Blue.
1. I started by painting the cloak a base coat of shadow grey
2. I then created a wash that was a 1:1 mix of Badab Black and Asurmen Blue and liberally washed the whole cloak area in that wash.
3.Using Shadow Grey I brought the majority of the cloak back up to the base coat color, using several thin layers, and making sure that the paint did not get into the recesses.
4. Using a 3:1 mix of Shadow Grey and Space Wolves Grey, I built up some highlights over several thin layers, making sure that the base Shadow Grey was still slightly visible at the deepest places of the cloak.
5. I repeated the process in step 4 using a 2:1 mix of Shadow Grey and Space Wolves Grey, keeping the brush strokes tight and controlled as to leave some of the previous colors still visible.
6. For the last highlight I repeated the layering process with a 1:1 mix of Shadow gray and Space Wolves Grey. Again I did this over many thin layers, focusing on the most prominent edges, and being carefull to leave the previous layers visible. This provides a smoother transition from light to dark.
7. I am going to say once again that I love using washes. As you will have noticed that the highlight in the last step is rather bold and garish. Well I did that to make sure that it showed through a wash. In this last step, I added two very watered down washes of Asurmen Blue just to tie all of the blended colors together nicely.
As you can see that final wash stage really ties all of the layers together and evens out the blended layers.