- Very eye catching contrasts
- Need fewer paints to finish models
- All flat paints means that you don't need 2 pots of water (1 for flats, 1 for metallics)
- Takes more layers of paint to make the effect
- Takes more skill to perform
- Very hard to use on small details
After experimenting with various color palettes and techniques, I came up with a variant method to paint metals that combines NMM with metallic paints.
- High contrast like NMM
- Only requires 2 colors of metallic paints (one silver, one gold)
- You can build up many layers on large surfaces, or use only 1 layer on small details
- Takes less skill than NMM
- Still takes several layers to achieve
- Need 2 pots of water (or do all of your flat painting work before you highlight the metals)
- Takes more time than the typical metal, wash, drybrush..
Lets take a look at Mark's Mammoth while I perform this technique. All paints are Army Painter Warpaints.
1. The gold areas are basecoated with Oak Brown and washed with Strong Tone.
2. I work up the gold with 1:1 Greedy Gold and Oak Brown. I am going for about 75% coverage here.
3. I add another layer with 2:1 Greedy Gold and Oak Brown (66% coverage)
4. I add a layer of Greedy Gold (about 50% coverage)
5. A final highlight of 1:1 Greedy Gold and Shining Silver. Only on the edges, points, and corners
This guy is starting to look pretty good! I think it strikes a good balance between the two schools of metals. Next time I will paint up the silver metallics using the same techniques.