Painting Corner: Jewels and Lenses
by Shawn Gately
Ah the fine art of painting an Eldar jewel. Today we’ll talk about a few methods on how to do it and in two basic colors: red and blue. Eldar are loaded with jewels and if you play them you’ll be painting a lot of jewels.
Shawn from Blue Table Painting is here on Faeit 212, to give us some great tips something that I myself need to learn. Great timing, as when I get back from vacation I have 15 wraithguard that have already been started.
|Fig 00 Lots of jewels on a Fire Prism, eight on the upper side of the turret alone|
Here is the video explanation.
This method is not only good for jewels in general (though Eldar do have a lot of them) but also for lenses in general and certain types of eyes. The first thing is to pick your colors. Usually you just need a base color and a highlight, but as I explain hereafter some colors are more complex and can be approached in a different way.
|Fig 01 Blue and White as base colors|
|Fig 02 Blue with an alternate highlight color that is not quite straight white|
A preparatory step is to use a wash or ink to darken the edges of the jewel, just let it seep around the entire rim. This will accent the jewel just like eye liner.
First step is to put the base coat on. I’ll show you on this piece of paper. You will need the paint to be wet for the subsequent stages, so you’ll need to do two or four at the same time.
|Fig 03 Put your solid base color on quickly so you can wet blend next|
|Fig 04 Put on a crescent of your lighter accent color|
|Fig 05 wet blend along the interior edge|
|Fig 06 The magic dot|
|Fig 07 Dark brownish red, dark red, true red and a lust-for-life yellow that you will love|
Remember, this is just good painting technique overall, and you can use it for lots of different applications. A brilliant, glowing, clear-looking jewel or lens can really make a model pop.