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Offline Crazy ghost

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Highlighing black leather
« on: March 1, 2009, 11:46:36 PM »
I've seen people highlighting black with grey, but I don't think (gut feeling only) it will look natural on leather. My IG officers all use black leather gloves. Is grey really the color to go? I was thinking of maybe a very dark brown, but I have no idea how it will look like.

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Re: Highlighing black leather
« Reply #1 on: March 2, 2009, 12:35:36 AM »
For leather I just paint gloss over the black.
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Re: Highlighing black leather
« Reply #2 on: March 2, 2009, 05:58:34 AM »
Go with the dark brown.

I wouldnt recommend the gloss idea because this very often doesnt give the effect of highly polished leather, more that something is wet or slimey.

I would use a dark brown to highlight the black as you have said

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Re: Highlighing black leather
« Reply #3 on: March 2, 2009, 06:15:03 AM »
Skeeve posted a very impressive Commissar last year.

http://www.40konline.com/index.php?topic=161212.msg1938510#msg1938510

Seems to be a very dark grey base highlighted with green/grey in bits and shaded with red! Seems totally counter intuitive to me but there is no denying the result.

He is a good sort so if you PM him I am sure he will give you a guide as to how it was painted.
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Re: Highlighing black leather
« Reply #4 on: March 2, 2009, 06:24:05 AM »
I find that a touch of Blue glazed into the shadow makes it look very realistic as well, although that link above me was nice (same idea with that green he used)..

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Re: Highlighing black leather
« Reply #5 on: March 2, 2009, 10:12:25 AM »
I tend to highlight black leather more with skin tones, which initially will start out as being very dark brown for highlight.  The thing with leather is, when it's well maintained, it's a very highly reflective surface and if you do it properly you can highlight up to near white, as you can see with Skeeve's beautiful commissar, and also show reflected colours of the environment on the model.  If you look at leather, brown shows as scuffs where it's worn and not well kept but where it is well polished you get almost achromatic reflections.  If you do gloss varnish, do it just on the raised areas where you want it to show catching the extremes of light.
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Re: Highlighing black leather
« Reply #6 on: March 2, 2009, 11:28:37 AM »
Remember to take into account the other colors used in the miniature.  Colors on shiney new leather would be reflected from the surrounding colors, and brown can be used to represend worn areas. 

Like if The make colors were like a red or rust color, then something like a dark flesh, or vermin brown highlight would be nice.  You could highlight with grey and then glaze it with a different color, to lean the color toward the surrounding colors.

Also remember that black isn't usually true black in real life, so another color glazed into the shadows, like was mentioned would also be very effective.  A mix of Scorched brown (which is a burnt umber) and ultramarine blue (which is the actual color, not the color of the ultramarines) is used as a very nice "mixed black" by a lot of painters working on canvas, and can be very good for a shade color.

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Re: Highlighing black leather
« Reply #7 on: March 2, 2009, 11:35:58 AM »
Go with the dark brown.

I wouldnt recommend the gloss idea because this very often doesnt give the effect of highly polished leather, more that something is wet or slimey.

I would use a dark brown to highlight the black as you have said


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Re: Highlighing black leather
« Reply #8 on: March 3, 2009, 01:10:01 AM »
Thanks for the input. So far I painted then chaos black and washed with lich purple. So far so good. I will highlight with ultramarines blue as his robes are of a, deep blue, to simulate the reflection. This will be a very light, glazed, highlight. I will show it to you guys when done.

Next time I will use a dark grey or dark blue instead of chaos black. Funny thing is chaos black is not 100% block. It has a low amount of blue in it last time I checked it's hex code somewhere (can't find the link anymore).

 


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