I’ll go over my efforts to paint Volfyirion in another mini-painting post. An unpainted Dwarf Brewer, straight out of the package. Building and painting miniature models for wargames. Best of all everybody can do it. Also note that zenithal highlighting/shading doesn't necessarily mean that you work with black to white tones, it simply means you use whatever colors to mimic being hit from a source (e.g. i'll post a pic of my nurgle chaos lord. Can't wait to see what's next! This very quickly established strong shadows that I could work with. Zenithal highlights reproduce the highlights you might expect from a light source directly over a model. 5) Then paint on the edge highlight vallejo german yellow (no. The point is to do that prime and then use paints that have been thinned with water to allow the shading underneath to show through right? I zenithal prime, make a photo from every angle and consult it whenever I have doubts about highlight placement. Zenithal highlighting experiment - Ultramarines, P... Zenithal highlighting experiment - Ultramarines, Prime - Vallejo Panzer Grey surface primer (applied with airbrush), 1st zenithal highlight - Vallejo Dark Sea Blue, 2nd zenithal highlight - Citadel Enchanted Blue, 3rd zenithal highlight - Citadel Hawk Turquoise, 4th zenithal highlight - Citadel Ice Blue, 5th zenithal highlight - Citadel Space wolves grey, Thin glaze of Dark Sea Blue applied to the entire model, Shadow wash of Badab Black/Dark Sea Blue (5 to 1 ratio) applied to recesses, Shadow wash of Badab Black to metallic areas. I recommend checking Hobby Cheating video series on YouTube, Vince Venturella (who is the host) have a lot of tutorials dedicated to this topic. This is not a complicated technique. I dont own an airbrush, and Im minimum-wage, part-time, fast-food expensive-hobby levels of broke, so I cant afford to get one. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Press J to jump to the feed. Edge Highlights Ah yes, i did mean edging after the blend. It just requires a few minutes more time when priming -- do you have an airbrush? If you want to do detailed airbrush work like recess shading or spot highlights. Saved by Mattmann. What I often do is I start a model with a zenithal highlight and I finish the rest up with brushes. Also note that zenithal highlighting/shading doesn't necessarily mean that you work with black to white tones, it simply means you use whatever colors to mimic being hit from a source (e.g. The flesh was a simple 3 step process (airbrush 1 & 2, brush wash 3): Basecoat – VMA US Dark Green 71016 Zenithal Highlight – 7:5:2 VGA Dead Flesh 72.735, VGA Moon Yellow 72.705, Distilled Water You apply black, grey, and white primers in a way that creates a gradient effect adding depth and shading to your base coat. Subject: Is it possible to zenithal highlight without an airbrush? Zenithal priming uses a gradient of grays to mimic the sun at mid day. 2nd highlight - as above with 1 part Vallejo ivory added. Its worth it to do early if u want to improve, a good way to use it is say on a cloak, u pick your two colors, a shadow and highlight tone. 1st highlight - Dark Sea Blue/Ice Blue (2 to 1 ratio) applied to tops/edges of backpack, helmet, shoulders, upper arms. Each successive highlight concentrates more towards the front and top of the model until finally your applying the final highlight just to the top of the head and shoulders. Todosi. I got the idea from this great article from Philippe Villé written in back in September 2008 adn from Les at awesomepaintjob.com. Both used brushed on shades at the end. Well done, sir :). One such technique I've recently began to use with a variety of models I've worked on has been zenithal highlights. PS - you should ALWAYS thin your paints with water, zenithal or no zenithal (well, almost always ;) ). Thanks GDMNW, much appreciated. Zephaniah Adriyen likes this. Well my friends, Zenithal Priming is your answer for fast, easy, great highlights and shadows. Each successive highlight concentrates more towards the front and top of the model until finally your applying the final highlight just to the top of the head and shoulders. Great stuff man! Excellent model, and they were a breeze to paint… after several tries of finding an effective method for painting the light purple/grey ectoplasm. Finally, let’s look at the difference between using a spray can and an airbrush (image below). It's good for a tabletop standard minis though. In my opinion this is a good base to start from to get a general highlight onto the miniature before you start working on details. The center was done with a spray can, the far right is with an airbrush. Zenithal priming : which paints ? To do this I sprayed the model black (Vallejo Black; 71.057) and then did a zenithal highlight with an airbrush using a white acrylic ink (White Acrylic Ink; Daler Rowney). Random question about priming. I can’t think of an easier way to get a good looking army tabletop ready than the 100% POWERFISTED approved Zenthial Priming method. I, like many others, started airbrushing to save money on model primers and to quickly apply the base coats, at most some basic Zenithal Highlighting. Mark nude minis as NSFW. The wax stamp for the oath papers also gets a coat of blood red. This is not a complicated technique. The paintwork is great. Prime the model white. This index was requested by a viewer because given the number of videos now on… Generally you will use just three colors, black, gray, and white. You can use it one of several ways: 1) use glazes over the zenithal highlighting to tint the colors, allowing the shading you already did in the priming step to control the brightness of the tone; or 2) use the zenithal highlighting as a roadmap for how you're going to paint the model -- maybe take a picture of the model after the zenithal priming and reference the picture when you're trying to figure out what parts of the model get highlighted up the most. What is zenithal priming in miniature painting? When starting off you need to pick your lighting direction. For zenithal highlights, does it have to be white? It give me more control and better results. Very fine lines of Devlan Mud were painted on to simulate the writing. 3) Airbrush a shade with vallejo yellow green (no. It makes it appear as though the model is being lit from a light source directly overhead of the model. Many thanks Tim, I think that's a fair critique. Most people suggest that if you are just priming, base-coating or Zenithal Shading, 0.5 mm or 0.4 mm Nozzles are fine. Edge Highlights Ah yes, i did mean edging after the blend. Re: Airbrushed Highlights vs. Finally, let’s look at the difference between using a spray can and an airbrush (image below). Or just prime it all white and go from there? Todosi. You then lightly apply your base colours over your primer to very quickly add a ton of natural shading and highlights. You can use an aerosol primer but I get more consistent results from an airbrush. If you don't have an airbrush you can still achieve a similar zenithal effect, albeit less smooth, with spray can primer's. On the far right, I tried to avoid getting any shade on the base. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, iTunes, Patreon Hello! Quick Zenithal Highlights using an Airbrush. Y It took a lot more time writing this than painting it ^^ You can even increase the speed by doing batch of models. Technically zenithal priming with a brush is possible, but significantly harder to achieve the same results. you'll see this in a lot of eavy metal paint jobs. On the far right, I tried to avoid getting any shade on the base. Everywhere with black is the shadow tone, then all the white is your highlight tone, u then mix some of the two colors together and paint the grey areas with that and try to blend the three tones together, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the minipainting community. Washes are a thinned version of paint designed to flow into the recesses of a surface. You can do Zenithal priming with normal spray cans. Insignia - Painted with Space Wolves Grey and then highlighted with a Ivory SW Grey mix. Zenithal Priming is a method of priming where you use three colors instead of just one. 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