Beautiful work, Andes, I got a lot of Vertus Praetors unpainted, and I'll have to copy that scheme, sorry not sorry, haha! Any pointers for painting white, and shading white?
Thanks! No worries, it's not my scheme after all.. GW came up with the Solar Watch. And even if it was my scheme, I'd still be excited to see what you came up with
As far as painting cool white, in my opinion: the most important thing is to use as little white as possible. I use Vallejo Game Color Sombre Grey as the shade, Vallejo Game Color Wolf Grey as the midtone, and Vallejo Model Color White as the highlight/edge-highlight color. Since we can't get whiter than white, you have to be very careful with the highlights; too much, and you lose detail and the model looks blown out. Also, using the same color for the highlights and edge highlights take some getting used to as you lose a lot of flexibility.
I use an airbrush to lay down the basecoat and midtone. I find that airbrushing a much darker color over a light one can really lead to speckling, so I start with the Sombre Grey on top of a white primer coat (Stynylrez is my fav) focusing in on the shadows. I then hit the midtones with the Wolf Grey. Once that has dried, I brushpaint in the highlights and edges with the pure white with paint consistency closer to a glaze than a layer paint. The thin white takes several coats but the control is worth it to me.
For detail shading (like, panel lines, between fingers, etc.) I use Tamiya Gray Panel Liner, which is an enamel so takes some special prep. I first spray the model with Vallejo Gloss Acrylic Varnish. Once that is dry, I apply the panel liner and let it dry a bit then clean up messy bits with white spirits using a small bit of makeup sponge. Once that's all dry, I spray the model with Vallejo Matte Acrylic Varnish.
If you're not an airbrusher, the same approach would work with a normal brush... it'd just take longer. Good luck, and be sure to post pics!
Edited by andes, 29 March 2021 - 06:35 PM.