Friday, 16 June 2017

Mixing colours and integrating atmosphere colours into my projects


This is how my Space Marine project looks like now:

Note: I started with an identical blue colour and added the colours you can see on the corresponding bases as atmosphere colours. That's why they look so different even though I started with the same blue.

Most progress on this mini. Silver and gold still WIP (blue light from above is still lacking on the metal parts).

Two layers so far. I still have to add green light coming from top left and highlight the crystals on the base.

Two layers as well, no highlighting so far. I still have to add red light from one side (and obviously correct several mistakes I didn't see before taking the pics *rolleyes*)

I enjoy playing around with atmosphere colours and mixing colours very much even though it still takes me a long time to think it through and put it into practice. Hopefully, I will be able to upload the next WIP pics on Monday.


Shadespyre said...

Nice to see these developing. I've not really been aware of treating lighting like this before, it's much more subtle than OSL which usually has very harsh light and shadow contrasts.

Warhammer-Weib said...

The interesting thing is: This technique has been used by artists painting on canvas for centuries. Not on miniatures though.

Take a closer look at these paintings from Monet or Renoir, for example:

What do you see? White dresses? What did the painter actually do? Which colours did he actually use?

Shadespyre said...

Oooooh.... I see what you mean.

I think maybe mini painters are spoilt by having a 3D canvas, and at my level we just have to paint the colours in between the lines, like a kid's colouring book. I don't think most of us reference a real object when painting minis, unlike a painter who is trying to convert a 3D view into a 2D image on a flat surface.

Thought-provoking stuff! :)

Realjuan said...

Nice to see it connected to famous artist. Not many do this. Looks great.

Warhammer-Weib said...

It might become a new trend in miniature painting. Depends on how many painters actually start mixing colours instead of just buying ready-made ones.