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« on: 19 June 2010, 01:40:44 PM »

Simple really,

I'm looking for advice on how to paint realistic-looking transleuscent ice...
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« Reply #1 on: 19 June 2010, 07:26:05 PM »

I remember 'sixsideddice' talking about something similar a while ago in an email.  I think he was going to put a base coat on, for ice I'd assume white/blue, then build up loads of layers of varnish to give it that translucent look?

I'm sure other people will have better advice though!

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« Reply #2 on: 19 June 2010, 09:20:35 PM »

I'm sure other people will have better advice though!
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« Reply #3 on: 20 June 2010, 12:22:44 AM »

There's different ways of doing this depending on what you're working on (figures / terrain / basing etc)

Give me a bit more detail & I'll bung you some thoughts.. Cool
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« Reply #4 on: 20 June 2010, 11:11:55 AM »

I'm painting a 28mm Malifaux December crew.


http://wyrd-games.net/shop/product.php?productid=16236&cat=260&page=1

Specifically i'm wondering how best to approah this chap http://wyrd-games.net/shop/product.php?productid=16189&cat=260&page=1, and these little fellows http://wyrd-games.net/shop/product.php?productid=16226&cat=260&page=1.

I want them to really look 'icy' and transleucent (something like this http://www.coolminiornot.com/article/aid/205), but i have a feeling that' s beyond my skill, so just making them look 'cold' and ok would be good.

Also, not sure how to get a good 'snow' effect on the bases.  I've experimented with the GW snow-flock and just can't get to to look anything like snow...

All advice will be greatfully recieved.
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« Reply #5 on: 02 July 2010, 03:38:43 PM »

First, don't do it in Iraq! It's Freakin Redders here ...  Huh?
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« Reply #6 on: 02 July 2010, 04:13:38 PM »

First, don't do it in Iraq! It's Freakin Redders here ...  Huh?

Haha, redders!  I haven't heard that phrase since my mate came out of the Navy with all kinds of new lingo!
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« Reply #7 on: 02 July 2010, 07:43:13 PM »

I'm painting a 28mm Malifaux December crew.


http://wyrd-games.net/shop/product.php?productid=16236&cat=260&page=1

Specifically i'm wondering how best to approah this chap http://wyrd-games.net/shop/product.php?productid=16189&cat=260&page=1, and these little fellows http://wyrd-games.net/shop/product.php?productid=16226&cat=260&page=1.

I want them to really look 'icy' and transleucent (something like this http://www.coolminiornot.com/article/aid/205), but i have a feeling that' s beyond my skill, so just making them look 'cold' and ok would be good.

Also, not sure how to get a good 'snow' effect on the bases.  I've experimented with the GW snow-flock and just can't get to to look anything like snow...

All advice will be greatfully recieved.

Apologies Luddite - must have missed this one...anyway, some thoughts:

- black undercoat
- deep blue overbrush
- lighten with a deep-blue & turquoise very thin mix & wet-layer this [repeat with progressively lighter tones]
- extreme edge highlighting
- blue ink wash
- re-highlight...

I'd probably leave like that & wash with undiluted Klear...or even gloss varnish. I think you'll have to experiment a bit - but I'd layer this: if you try to drybrush, you won't get the translucency that you're after.

I've not used the GW snow - but have used Woodland Scenics: essentially you want to mix this with PVA into a paste & build up in multiple layers: you'll get a better effect if you paint the areas of the base you want to cover white first. I did about seven sealed layers on these bases:











Another trick is to use baking soda mixed with PVA instead...
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« Reply #8 on: 02 July 2010, 09:56:57 PM »

Apologies Luddite - must have missed this one...anyway, some thoughts:

- black undercoat
- deep blue overbrush
- lighten with a deep-blue & turquoise very thin mix & wet-layer this [repeat with progressively lighter tones]
- extreme edge highlighting
- blue ink wash
- re-highlight...

I'd probably leave like that & wash with undiluted Klear...or even gloss varnish. I think you'll have to experiment a bit - but I'd layer this: if you try to drybrush, you won't get the translucency that you're after.

I've not used the GW snow - but have used Woodland Scenics: essentially you want to mix this with PVA into a paste & build up in multiple layers: you'll get a better effect if you paint the areas of the base you want to cover white first. I did about seven sealed layers on these bases:











Another trick is to use baking soda mixed with PVA instead...

Those are evil Nic! Nice  Cool Cool Cool
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« Reply #9 on: 02 July 2010, 11:03:34 PM »

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How do you paint ice?

Don't use acrylics - as it melts it will wash them away!

Seriously though my second thought (after the crap joke) was PVA- it dries mostly clear.

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« Reply #10 on: 02 July 2010, 11:15:36 PM »

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Those are evil Nic! Nice

Why, thank you  Grin

I do enjoy painting 28mm - you can obsess to the nth degree....wouldn't want to paint the feckin things all the time, but they're good for the soul when used wisely  Cool

Of course - looking at these again (I painted them in about 2004-ish?) I want to do more - but in 10mm...fancy doing some serious Chaos fantasy figures chaps??!
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« Reply #11 on: 03 July 2010, 01:08:18 AM »

but in 10mm...fancy doing some serious Chaos fantasy figures chaps??!

If they looked like those ones, yes!
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« Reply #12 on: 03 July 2010, 08:44:18 AM »

A South African wargames championship experimented with computer-generated terrain some time ago. As you might expect, a few contingencies are not anticipated. In particular, one hapless played fieling a very knights-heavy army found himself fighting on an impassable Alexander Nevsky-style lake with a single road running from one baseline to the other, and was literally annihilated by a single unit of pikemen, who were themselves unscathed.
   Translucence was not the primary subject of after-game recrimination.
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« Reply #13 on: 03 July 2010, 02:13:08 PM »

 Shocked Shocked Shocked

Eh?
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« Reply #14 on: 04 July 2010, 12:38:44 PM »

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