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PostSubject: Help required with feathers   Sat 3 Apr 2010 - 6:15

I have a Beastmen warband that has two eagle-headed beastmen for heroes. Now, painting the eagle-heads will be easy - I can paint feathers when they are sculpted on. The thing is though, the skin is smooth. What is the best/easiest way to paint something that will give the impression of feathered arms and torso?


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PostSubject: Re: Help required with feathers   Sat 3 Apr 2010 - 6:32

How about gently drybrushing a slightly darker/lighter shade over it in streaks to give an impression of feather edges all pointing in one direction?
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PostSubject: Re: Help required with feathers   Sat 3 Apr 2010 - 6:33

Not quite sure what you mean. Do you have an example? Which way should the lines be going? Horizontally? Vertically?

For reference, I am a *very* amature painter. I know what drybrushing is, and I know what washing is, but beyond that I have very little skill or knowledge. I have heard *of* things like non-metallic metallic and that light-source thingy painting, but I wouldn't have a clue how to do it.
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PostSubject: Re: Help required with feathers   Sat 3 Apr 2010 - 8:24

You could try stippling it with a lighter colour to make it look more like down feathers. Just take an old brush, put a little paint on it (so that there's a bit more than you'd have when drybrushing) and "stab" at the model as if the bristles of the brush were a... stabby thing. This is a fairly easy technique that might get you the results you're after.

I think you should have a go at sculpting some feathers yourself, but that's mostly because I have a similar project that I'm putting off because I don't think I could sculpt a convincing feather to save my life!
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