It really isn’t the best picture, but here is (I think) the fifth test model I’ve done trying to get a white paint scheme for my upcoming Plague Marines. I think I’m finally heading in the right direction with this one.
For this model I followed the following steps:
Primed the model grey using Vallejo surface primer
Sprayed the model from below with Badger’s Minitaire’s Mummy
Sprayed the model from 45-90 degree angle using Badger’s Minitaire’s Skull White
I sealed the mini with a satin varnish
I applied a wash mixture of Secret Weapon’s Baby Poop, Sewage Water, and a matt medium in a 3.3.3 mixture.
Afterwards I felt the wash was a bit too yellow, so I tried to clean it up with a makeup applicator and some alcohol. This is the final result. Again, the picture doesn’t do a great job. The miniature’s armor did come back to a white color, but I’ve decided to strip it and try again with a slightly different method. The next test run I’m going to do much the same except I’m going to do a more brown/sepia wash. I’ll seal that, and do some dry-brushing to bring the white back up a bit. I’ll then do another wash with probably the Sewage Water since it’s a more “pukey” green color.
This color scheme is providing a number of challenges that I want pass. The fact is that white is already a tricky color to get right. Add to that the contrary nature of making white (a sort of clean color) and the ideas of a Plague Marine (dirty, diseased, corroded), and one has a big order to fill. I also want to keep the white warm as this will be contrasted nicely with the greyish color tones I plan to you for the skin tones of my marines and daemon engines as well as the dark, cool tones I plan to use for the actual green of the Death Guard.
Thoughts, tips, trick, and comments are certainly welcomed. I usual think through a problem better when I talk about it.
A quick update: While my miniature was sitting in its stripping solution, I got out some of my washes and just did a test pallet of them with out mixing them. You can see the results above. I can see that Baby Poop, while is befitting the legions of Nurgle, will not be a wash I use as it is what keeps yellowing my white. The colors that have caught my attention are the Sewage Water, the Green Black, and the browns and flesh washes that are to the left. I can mix the Secret Weapons’ Flesh Wash with the Vallejo Fleshtone to get a nice sepia. The Sewage Water is a good brown/green mixture, but it’s the Green Black that has my attention. I believe that I can get a good sutdel green stain/shadow using it and do an oil wash of brown when the model is done.
I certainly would like to hear what others think.