So representing the wings like this seems pretty straightforward - it's just highlighted with a turquoise...
Which is what I've done. My Tyranid claw highlight was put on first [black and old Anita's Turquoise], then it was new Anita's Turquoise gently applied [I used the new one because it's coverage isn't as opaque so I knew I could manipulate it with multiple layers to belnd with great result for only the cost of repeated application]. I'll flat out say I love the results and the technique is so easy if I go down this road I may well blow the 'white wings are and obstacle to progress' issue out of the water.
BUT! There are a number of issues:
- the artwork above are these colours because it's dark in the scene, is that what's conveyed by my efforts or does it just look like blue wings?
- is this contextual? Can I make a decision without having applied the verdigris and additional black highlights to the bike?
- could I even apply and additional grey highlight to the feather edge to imply it's lighter?
- does the fact I haven't gone white remove it too much from the 'spirit' of the Ravenwing?
But these three are neatened up around the metallics waiting for highlights, wings and weathering
Additionally I highlighted the canopy of the Jetfighter, also the extra bit at the top. I actually sponged on the highlight thinking the added texture would help me as it has with the Knight but I think it just makes the finish look poorer for it. Still, it's built confidence for the black on the Ravenwing, something my Land Speeder failed to do!
I think you are on exactly the track with how they appear in the first photo. They still come across 100% as Ravenwing. That fighter canopy is to die for.ReplyDelete
Cheers Rory, hopefully the Fallen will think the same about the canopy just before I bring about Crushing vengeance on their heretical souls!Delete
Love the broody menacing Raven colour you've achieved. I think bright white feathers is dumb, especially enmasse, makes a black biker army look like white scars from a distance, so do what you are doing, looks ace.ReplyDelete
Thanks Siph, nice to know I've got the support to give me confidence to progress.Delete
Yeah it's great! Definitely still come across as ravenwing, if it bothers you you could always try out the feathers before applying the turquoise? Not too much, just enough to suggest they're not the same colour as the bike?ReplyDelete
Maybe just a little extra highlight might do it...?Delete
Perhaps just lift them from black a little before the highlights, a really dark grey would just give enough contrast with the black but would still highlight nicely with the turquoise?Delete
Running into the same issue with my Raven Guard - want them to be a midnight blue black, but when I finished it came out looking too blue. My solution was to bring back the highlights and just do very thin lines. This way you get the turquoise highlight coming through, but no so much as to make us think they're actually blue.ReplyDelete
My thoughts - I think the idea is great and the execution is good, but maybe bringing back the highlights could help the execution be perfect.
So reducing the turquoise and introduce more black? I've added a black wash which has darkened it a bit more, think I need to do the rest of the bike so I can compare further options.Delete
I think it works really well. Still clearly ravenwing but more practical and more menacing.ReplyDelete
Admit it though, it's just so you can squint and pretend you're still painting nid carapace!
Personally I think silvery (as opposed to goldish) metalwork would look better with the turquoiseDelete
Nah these aren't nids honest ;) actually there may be some validity for doing that in that it'll tie both armies together, alongside the bone white...Delete
As for the silver, I have one other set of bikes with that so maybe I should escalate them to compare. However the bass and bronze is part of my unifying theme for all my Dark Angels. With so much variety in their colour scheme the metals were the one tieing it altogether. Anyways the fact the metal weathers and changes, which is a bit backwards in its use seems to fit the technol fear of the new attitude in the grim dark universe. The alternative - rusty steal doesn't work but the blessed Patina of the verdigris of Caliban, now that's something to venerate!
I find most rewarding to see 'non canonical' Ravenwing schemes. White feathers should be for those who have been in the Deathwing imho; the turquoise and that goldish brass are really cool. I'm trying dark green for visual match with the rest of the Lion Blade; despite this I have not found the right tone as i would like to give them a little more crisp finish.. black armour needs contrast to stand out! the work keeps stacking in my table :PReplyDelete
The red tone of the Dark Talon's canopy is great too.
Keep it up!
Yeah I thought about a very, verya dark green, its extremely difficult to achieve though and you risk ending up with the look of the Dark Eldar. There is the studio model of the new assassin that may be what you're after though, that's really good.Delete
Oops sorry i meant to paint the feathers in green. I agree with that greenish glow in black armour would give a feel like Dark Eldar..Delete
Great idea. Much better looking than white wingsReplyDelete
Cheers Dave, I think the overwhelming consensus is beginning to sway me to not try white at least.Delete
That bike looks fantastic. I always do a test mini when I am about to do a squad, so I would recommend you finish this one and get a good handle of how all of the effects look combined. Add for highlights, I always hard-line black models. It is grueling work but every other technique seems to compromise the "blackness" of the scheme.ReplyDelete
P.S The jet fighter canopy turned out brilliant :-)Delete
Thanks Marc, I think I'll pursue this one until completion, or at least lay the black and verdigris down so I have a faithful comparison to judge in context.Delete
I totally agree with you on the white Dave it's not what I would want either, the job you've done on the test bike looks very fitting imho & if I where you (then I wouldn't be commenting lol) I'd carry on down that road mate.ReplyDelete
Thanks Frank, I think I have the confidence now to push on with these, scary new unknown 😱Delete
As a ravenwing player, I too am tored of yhe standard "white" feathers, for my regular bikers I went with a heavy washed, weathered metallic boltgun. For the specialist bikes ala black knights I opted for a high gloss silver, toned down with successive washes of black, blue and purple, these were used in an attemptto evoke the multihued facets of a true raven or crow's feathers.ReplyDelete
That being said, I am truly jealous of the success you achieved with the verdigris. Well played good Sir, well played.
Sounds like an interesting approach and I love the raven references, I tried that on some of the fetish feathers on some of the Deathwing, not 100% convinced it worked but wasn't too bad either.Delete