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Subject: Painting tutorial suggestions for CW rss

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Paul Levering
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I've watched the CW forums since the launch of the first Kickstarter but this is my first time posting. After all that time i'm finally getting around to painting the figures and as everyone knows it's an imposing task. I went all in on OS 1+2 and plan to complete painting the factions before getting to neutral monsters and GOO.

I've done very little mini painting, mostly just Mansions of Madness figures before this.


Some time has past since then and I find myself really struggling with CW. I think I really need to focus on my fundamentals, but i'm having a hard time finding a tutorial that covers fleshy monster figures.

I started on Yellow Sign since Hastur was my favorite GOO sculpt out of OS 1.


I use Citadel paints and had a really hard time getting coverage with the yellows. It was too late before I realized the importance of putting down a white/bone base for yellow first. I start with base colors, then dark wash, mid tones, highlights, drybrush, and maybe another dark wash to tie it together.

I'm mostly ok with how the cultists came out.


I thought my King came out too dusky but I had to give up and move on


Mummies seem too high contrast, should have had a lighter flesh tone to create some range between the darks and the yellows.


The Byakhee I wanted to make look like shiny beetles so I used mostly metallics for the carapace and flesh/white for the gross sack part.


I see so many amazing paint jobs on these forums and I just really wonder what path people take to get to that point. Are there any particular tutorials that would be helpful for CW painting?
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Judgement Dave
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I like all of those pics, but absolutely love your byakhee wings.
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Using a white spray primer is IMO mandatory to paint light & bright colours (such as in CW).
Another option is to use coloured spray primers (yellow, red, blue, green). That's what I did, it saves a little bit of time.

You seem to have a good handle on painting so just keep going !

There are tons of tutos showing various techniques on the internet, but I'm not aware of any specifically for CW, apart for the step-by-step I made for the King in Yellow (here).
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Paul Levering
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That walkthrough you posted is incredibly helpful. I think the major technique i've been missing is glazing, i'll have to study up one that. Using the base color primers would have saved me a ton of time too. Considering how many cans of grey I went through just to prime all the figures, getting a colored one for each faction would have been the same investment.

Your work on these figures is among the absolute best and a real inspiration for me to understand the process better. Thanks for the additional guidance!
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It takes a whole lot of thin coats of paint to get opaque yellow, especially if you don't start with a light color base coat or primer.

If you don't start with a light color primer/base coat, you can try a gradual build up of browns, to reach yellow.
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suitable dark brown
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here you can either skip to light brown and jump over to yellow, using the light brown as the 'shading' and yellows and subsequent lighter shades of yellows as highlights; or you can jump to using bleached bone/off white, then adding yellow on top - then inking and highlighting to get a slightly brighter shade of yellow.
 
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