Many people ask me about how I paint Non Metallic Metal I general. I wanted to
do this tutorial o answer your questions.
First of all I wanted to say that from a half a year I use mostly Scale 75
paints but those that I use can be replaced with similar ones from GW or
Valejjo. I think that Scale 75 paints are grate for NMM because they are very
matt so you can control all the reflections. As for the NMM itself recently I
take grate inspiration from many artworks from different sites. I want my NMM
to be similar to that from illustrations regarding colors and placement of the
lights. I always didn’t understand why people make small spots/dots of light
and reflections like white lines only. The way I am seeing this it that the
light usually falls in a smooth gradient way but the most important thing is
the placement of reflections. If you want your NMM to be realistic you should watch
your surroundings and maybe keep some shiny metal objects close to you painting
place just to look at them during painting because it helps to better
understand how the light reflects.
Here you have the colors I have chosen for
this specific miniature. I wanted a normal metal look so I have chosen a very
deep blue/grey color Abyssal Blue and I mixed it a little with Flat Black ant
that was my undercoat.
I always mix all my colors before painting and it
helps me allot during painting because I have easy access to different mixes
and I can jump from color to color more easily.
As for my examples
I will use my latest mini the Grey Knight Terminator that I'm painting
I always start with a sketch of where I would like to
place the reflection. It all depends of the placement of the surface I paint and
sometimes on round surfaces a white line through the middle will be sufficient
(as on the photo) and sometimes you should make two reflections to reflect the
main zenithal light and a reflection from the bottom to represent ambient light
(you can see this on the mail leg plate).
Ok step one: a sketch with white on the
Now I started to blend the whole element.
First up was some lines with a glaze of Nacar. i like this color very much. It’s
a little creamy and fits nicely just before the white to make an interesting
transition from blue grey to white. As you can see now I'm making vertical
lines with my brush but it won’t be always like this :D.
Some more blending with scale Graphite.
Still vertical lines. Graphite is a similar color to GW Fortress grey.
Next up are some blends with Anthracite
Grey. I like this color very much because it’s a nice mix of darker Grey and
blue so it fits in midtones very nicely. At this point I started to even the blends
with some horizontal brush movements. it’s mainly glazes and wet blendin.
Ok next up are mixes of anthracite and
eclipse grey and then pure eclipse grey for the shadows.
Here I corrected the deepest shadows o the left and right side with Abyssal
From this point I started to correct the
whole transition to make it more smooth. I use all the colors and small
vertical brush strokes to achieve a nice blend. I do this using a something similar
to wet blending because I do it very fast because I want the paint to mix on
the miniature and the brush. Don’t clean the brush with water to much and let
the paint mix on the brush so you can achieve better color transitions.
On this particular element it’s good to
make the light stronger at the top.
I added more white to make the reflection
stronger. you can see that there is much white but that generates light and
contrast. You can’t leave to much dark colors and I think good NMM is achieved
with a right balance of light and shadow. I also made some edge highlights to
mark the edges of that armor plate.
Here you have some photos of how I painted
the blade of his blade.
And here is the rest of the colors I have
used for the blade.
I hope this tutorial will help you. I’m
not used to making tutorials because I don’t have a good camera so they usually
are of low quality, but I hope you will find this tutorial helpful. If you have
some questions feel free to ask and I will answer them if I can.
long time no see ;) Below you can see my latest model from PanOceania (Infinity) - Indigo Brother Konstantinos. This guy can be foundin Dire Foes mission pack 4.
As always made for army and more pictures can be seen in url under the pic.
So, my first miniature painted in some time. Lately I was very busy with my university and couldn't find much time to paint. But now that my summer break has begun I was able to finish this guy:) Fun model to paint, had some fun with the simple freehand.
The miniature is for sale, if you are interested send me an offer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Long time no see :D. We haven’t posted something here for a long time and I thought that I will share my latest finished project. I painted this miniature to develop my skills and learn something new. Now I know that next time I must make the base at the start and try to fit the mini at this point because at the end its very difficult not to destroy something. I think I must learn allot about painting with metallic paints because its black magic to me :D. The most difficult part of this miniature was her skin and I think this project helped me allot because I changed my way of thinking and planning when painting. Now I will look mostly on the overall parts of the mini and not just on the details because when planning light and shadow you can overdo it. i have repainted her skin and changed it few times. Ok I hope the photos are ok so take a look at the finished miniature.
I hope you like this one and of course any comments are welcome.