Members | Sign In
Painting Tabled Forum > The Painting Table
avatar

Painting Hot Coals

posted Jan 22, 2012 13:26:30 by JenPerson
For my next screaming skull catapult, I am modifying a Finecast dwarf grudge thrower. Remember the GW basing kit? Well, I took one of the resin bases of skulls and cut it up. It tends to snap sharply when you cut it, so then I'm going back in and adding more skulls around the sharp edges. I'm going to glue these skulls to be the ammo of the catapult. Since they're supposed to be flaming skulls, I'm thinking I'd like to make some sort of "hot coals" effect. I want the skulls to be normal white at the very top, then black/grey where they are getting charred from flames, kind of like hot coals. I'd like to create some kind of glowing red coal effect in the recesses where the skulls meet. Something like this:

I have no idea how to go about achieving this. Any advice would be helpful!
page   1
5 replies
avatar
noah.nathanson said Jan 22, 2012 14:45:13
I think I once heard it described as reverse highlighting/shading. So you'd have your brightest colors in the recesses and your darkest where the light would fall. Sorry that I don't have anything more!
avatar
TheCrankyLawyer said Jan 22, 2012 17:30:20
From Andy @Ohiohammer ...

http://www.ohiohammer.com/forum/index.php?topic=178.msg585#msg585

They are having an issue with their site right now ... so ignore the popup!
"Cranky as I wanna be"
-TheCrankyLawyer
aka Crazy Atticus

Always up for a game at Dirigo Hobbies in Yarmouth, Maine ... where Bruce's Burritos is next to Dirigo Hobbies.

P.S. It's all Topher's fault!!!!!

P.P.S. !!! Upgrade the formus .... please!!! ARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!!
http://www.simplemachines.org/
avatar
TheCrankyLawyer said Jan 22, 2012 17:30:51
And using real red coal would be a fire hazard.
"Cranky as I wanna be"
-TheCrankyLawyer
aka Crazy Atticus

Always up for a game at Dirigo Hobbies in Yarmouth, Maine ... where Bruce's Burritos is next to Dirigo Hobbies.

P.S. It's all Topher's fault!!!!!

P.P.S. !!! Upgrade the formus .... please!!! ARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!!
http://www.simplemachines.org/
avatar
Gargobot said Jan 22, 2012 17:57:41
When I painted the coal pan (?) of my Rocket Battery I stumbled across a tutorial that mentioned GW snow as a means to create the effect of cold ash. Essentially they painted the whole thing akin to Cranky's link and then sparingly used the snow on top of the black stone. Unfortunately I can't find the link anymore but it did look very decent.

Btw this might be a thing where I could imagine pigments to be useful. The Forge World ones even have names like Black Soot, Bone Dust and Grey Ash. I think you mentioned on the show that you wanted to buy pigments anyway, this might be a perfect excuse to do it. I should probably mention though, that I've never used pigments myself, so this is basically just guesswork. ^^
avatar
AdamHarrison said Jan 23, 2012 23:33:49
http://chestofcolors.com/lava-tutorial/
http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/1302

hope these help you out some.
I'm thinking of a reverse drybrush from yellow to black then a very light drybrush of grey for the coal embers.
I have a dream that one day we will not be judged by what race we play, but by the content of our character sheets.
Login below to reply: