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Wargame_insomniac

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Hi. I have been painting minis to a basic tabletop standard for years from 6mm to 30mm scale using standard methos of base colour, shading and edge highlighting. However a couple of recent health issues including deteriorating eyesight (I barely have any vision in one eye) has adversely affected my ability and enjoyment of painting. Basically, it was too tiring and so I ended up with LOADS of unfinished projects.  I needed to find a simpler way of painting that could work for me…...

Firstly, several of my friends who are expert painters were talking about Zenithal highlighting. They did it properly using airbrushes, which I am not yet ready for, but I did see several people use spray paints as a basic Zenithal highlight. e.g. light overall spray of black undercoat, then a lighter Zenithal spray of grey or bone from a higher angle (to leave the lower areas darker), before an even lighter Zenithal spray of white from above (so that higher areas are lightest).

Secondly, they used Citadel Contrast / Army Painter Speedpaints as base coat and used that paint's ability plus the Zenithal highlights to provide one coat shading and highlights. And then quick drybrush for final highlighting base colour before painting weapons / vents etc.

Looking at the new (to me) Clan Invasion KS plastic minis, these two methods combined look as if they would do a good job given the level of detailing etc. So I would like to give it a first try. I don't want to mess up my intended main factions with fancier canon paint schemes, so I thought I would start as simple and gain some confidence doing it in practice.

So I thought I would start doing a handful of spare mechs as a non-cannon mercenary / periphery / security force that, if I screw up first time, is n’t a big deal. I already have a load of GW Contrast Paint Space Wolves Grey for main colour (and dark red for shoulder pads as a secondary colour).

I have Chaos Black for initial overall undercoat, either Grey Seer or Wraithbone as secondary Zenithal, and White for final Zenithal. I then have both Russ Grey and Fenrisian Grey for drybrushing further highlights.

So how does that sound?

Is it a stupid idea or has anyone done anything similar?

I am presuming that Wraithbone as initial Zenithal spray would give a warmer colour than using Grey Seer. Which would work better before Space Wolf Grey Contrast base colour?
I am leaning towards they Grey Seer as the more cautious choice between the two?

I know I said it was n’t my main Faction's force, but I am still feeling very nervous about trying such a new way of painting. But it might be all that my poor eyesight can manage. And I am keen to start painting the Wave 1-2 mechs before the Mercenaries KS finishes!!  ;D ;D
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RazorclawXLS

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The zenithal priming with rattle cans is a viable alternative to doing zenithal with airbrush.

I haven't worked with Army Painter speedpaints, but I've seen people complaining that they are good only when doing "simple" schemes with single color passes over the areas that need painting. It's because their drying time is a lot longer so they tend to get reactivated when being painted over by another color, for instance if you are painting camo.

I have worked with GW's Contrast paints, so I want to remind you that Contrast paints are dependent on what base color they are applied to (needs to be a white, off whire or light gray base, with sating finish).

To work as efficiently as possible, they are meant to be used over the so called "contrast" primer or basecoat. In essence, they will have the best "contrast" effect if used on a primer or the base color that is not matte, but satin, or gloss.

You can use Grey Seer or Wraithbone, as those paints are satin and were released together with the Contrast line, just so you can correct errors with them. (when correcting errors on surface with contrast paint you have to apply the base color first, then the contrast).

I am not sure if Chaos Black primer has a satin finish. If it doesn't, you can probably do a thin layer of Abbadon Black over it with a brush, as that color also has a satin finish. Then do Grey Seer (or Wraithbone) as the middle step, and as the last step use some satin white.

Wargame_insomniac

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The zenithal priming with rattle cans is a viable alternative to doing zenithal with airbrush.

I haven't worked with Army Painter speedpaints, but I've seen people complaining that they are good only when doing "simple" schemes with single color passes over the areas that need painting. It's because their drying time is a lot longer so they tend to get reactivated when being painted over by another color, for instance if you are painting camo.

I have worked with GW's Contrast paints, so I want to remind you that Contrast paints are dependent on what base color they are applied to (needs to be a white, off whire or light gray base, with sating finish).

To work as efficiently as possible, they are meant to be used over the so called "contrast" primer or basecoat. In essence, they will have the best "contrast" effect if used on a primer or the base color that is not matte, but satin, or gloss.

You can use Grey Seer or Wraithbone, as those paints are satin and were released together with the Contrast line, just so you can correct errors with them. (when correcting errors on surface with contrast paint you have to apply the base color first, then the contrast).

I am not sure if Chaos Black primer has a satin finish. If it doesn't, you can probably do a thin layer of Abbadon Black over it with a brush, as that color also has a satin finish. Then do Grey Seer (or Wraithbone) as the middle step, and as the last step use some satin white.
Yes - I have spent a bit of time watching various reviews of GW Contrast Paints and Army Painter Speedpaints. The fact that the latter reacyivate unless you seal with varnish does put me off. Also I personally do NOT like dropper bottles. I know many who do - that fine for them. And the fact that I already HAVE the GW Contrast Paint Space Wolves Grey makes it a no brainer for me to give it a try.

And yes I know that GW recommend using their satin finish Grey Seer / Wraithbone spray paints (and pots of both of these layer paints for touchups). As I said in my initial post, I already have both Grey Seer and Wraithbone so that is fine.

Thanks for the hint of doing a thin layer of Abbadon Black over Chaos Black spray. I was nt sure if I needed that if the Chaos Black was only the base undercoat before the two Zenithal spray paints. Its great to get feedback of those who have used them in practice.

Re satin white, presumably then I could use GW's new White Scar spray rather their old Corax White spray?