Friday, January 1, 2010

When is yellow not yellow?

When it's vomit brown! I've finished a brand new Ironclad Dreadnought and I tried some new things with my layers to make the piece more yellow. I even switched up my brand of yellow ink to match what Wil Davies did. Alas, I was disappointed. The color can't seem to get to that yellow. They would make an excellent group of Howling Griffons.....but not Imperial Fists. I have to scrap my whole group of IF marines I have done; 5 devastators, 2 dreadnoughts, 1 razorback. I'm doing some experimentation with Sunburst Yellow and Vomit Brown, and I came up with some really nice mixes with a 2:1 ratio. I'm also going to bring the design on home as it were, and make the trim color the traditionally seen red on the shoulder pads and chest design.
This has been bothering me for a while now, when Johnny Buzzkill at my FLGS said "Wow. those are orange." I tried to keep myself on track and ignore his criticism. But I couldn't, cause he was right. It's never easy to admit that something may be beyond your skill level, and I'm afraid this task of turning my hand at this technique of painting yellow has eluded me. Not to despair, I can develop my own system of painting yellow! I should have a group painted up by the end of sunday, so I'll try to post 'em and get on top of developing my paint scheme. Perserverence!!


  1. Sorry to hear about your color woes. That said I look forward to see how your recipie turn out. I usually have trouble getting mine bright enough so I am always changing my colors around:)

  2. It's been a while since I have done it (and I have been out of the hobby for years) but if I ever wanted my colour to be really bright I used a spray on flouresent paint as a base colour.

    Obviously if you are only trimming the model this isnt possible but if your main colour is yellow its possible to get a decent extra pop.

  3. Before you scrap them try adding 3-4 more layers of the yellow ink/matte medium wash.