Glowing lenses, green glow.
What you need:
-2x detail brush
-Dark Angels Green
-Vallejo Game Colour, Livery Green (if you only have access to GW paints use Scorpion Green with a bit of Skull White in it)
First paint the glowing part and add the light it gives away later (at least, that’s the way I prefer to do it).
Start by painting Dark Angels green on the lens (source of light) itself:
Then mix Dark Angels green and Snot green 50/50 and apply over the DA green:
Next use pure Snot green:
Now mix Snot green with Scorpion green and add some water or glaze medium to the mix so it is easier to blend on to the lens, this is when it gets important to leave some of the darker colours showing through the paint:
Follow up with pure Scorpion green, again blend it on to the lens but now only sparingly towards the edges, we want to keep the darker colours:
Next use livery green (or mix some Skull White with scorpion green), again only cover the edges of the lens:
Finish the lens by adding a wee bit of Skull White to the very most extreme edges of the lens, only a tiny, tiny bit!
Now the lens is finished, time for the glow! It is easier to get the glow right than the lens itself in my opinion, so don’t worry, if you managed the lens this will be nothing to worry about. I start by painting a thin line of scorpion green around the light source, remember that some areas will not be hit by the light (like in this case, or any other space marine helmet, above the eye lenses, since there is a small rim protruding there which hinders the light to cover that area, same goes for this skull helmet, the “eyebrows�? prevents the light from reaching his forehead but there is nothing stopping the light from reaching his chins). The darkest colour used here is Scorpion green, don’t worry to much about blending it nicely, I’ve discovered that simply painting a thin line around the lens works well, but of course, if you are good at blending go ahead. Finish by highlighting the edges closest to the light source on your Scorpion green line with Livery green and you’re done! Sometimes I go one step further though by adding a tiny bit of skull white to the areas that are very close to the light source (I did on this chaplain). Easy!
(Note that some stronger Skull White was added to the eyes)
Good Luck! Comments and criticism is much appreciated!
Edited by The Angelus Sanctus, 13 July 2009 - 01:13 PM.