I am going to break this post up into two articles. The first one I am going to address is painting bright white or what I sometimes think of as sterile white. The second white I will go over is more of an off white or antique white. In reality, it is my opinion that the type of white you want is really a result of what goes on under the white. The lower layers of color below the actual white determine how it looks and that is the key to my tutorials.
In today's article I will talk about bright white. It is the type of white I think of when I think of hospitals and fluorescent lights.
To illustrate how I accomplish this, I will show some pictures of my ongoing efforts to paint my Blood Angel Sanguinary Guard army. I have gone with an alternative painting scheme on my Sanguinary Guard models that uses various types of white to make the model pop.
I am currently working on a unit of Sanguinary Guard, so I popped out the camera and started taking pictures of how I accomplish the bright white look. I am using the powerfist model to illustrate the method I use.
As you can see, I also use this method on the wings. The difference is that I leave a lot more of the lower layers of color showing to make the contrast a lot more evident. It yields a very striking result.
The key to painting any white is to first have patience. I don't know how many times I have painted multiple coats of white on a model and thought, this just isn't going to work. Well, you can't stop there. That usually means you haven't added enough white yet. Keep going. Just remember to keep your paint thinned for a smooth transition.
In my next article, I will talk about how to paint an antique white which uses roughly the same principles, but a slightly different technique.
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