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4.E. What colours should I use for detail work? (Miniatures Painting)




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This article is from the Miniatures Painting FAQ, by Brenda Klein tierna@agora.rdrop.com with numerous contributions by others.

4.E. What colours should I use for detail work? (Miniatures Painting)

Here's a standard chart on what looks good together (remember,
nothing is absolute. Try new blends and develop your own
preferences):

           Base colour       Highlight             Shade
           -----------       ---------             -----
           White             (none)                Gray or blue-gray
           Light gray        White                 Dark Gray
           Dark gray         Light gray            Black
           Red               Red-orange            Red brown
           Red brown         Orange-brown          Dark brown
           Dark brown        Light brown           Black
           Pink              Pink+white            Red
           Human flesh       Flesh+white or tan    Red brown
           Tan               Orange+yellow+white   Brown+orange
           Black             Black+green or blue   (none)
           Light blue        Light blue+white      Medium blue
           Medium blue       Medium blue+white     Dark Blue
           Dark blue         Medium blue           Dark blue+black
           Purple            Purple+white          Purple+dark blue or black
           Bright green      Green+yellow+white    Medium green or dark green
           Medium green      Green+yellow+white    Dark green
           Dark green        Medium green          Dark green+black
           Yellow            Yellow+white          Yellow+brown
           Orange            Orange+yellow         Orange+red-brown or red
           Gold              Gold+silver+yellow    Orange-brown
           Silver            (none)                Black+blue
           Brass or copper   base colour+gold      base colour+black

NOTE: colour+colour means two or more colours mixed, colour-colour
means either a commercial shade of that name or colours mixed.

 

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