|Got glow? A trick to get Object Source Lighting like this is using transparent paint, either with a 'glaze' or through the airbrush.|
In this unit the blue areas don't look that exciting on the single units, but when you put them all together I think it really starts to work.
|My plan from the beginning was to copy the Games Workshop box art, but I wanted to make it a little more exciting and I thought that doing some basic, but subtle, OSL would make the unit look really good.|
If you want to do a similar look the first thing to do is figure out what is going to be glowing, a lens, a gem, or a crack between armor plates are all great places to do OSL. Of course, if the figure is caring a lantern or another object that would emit light in 'real life' that is an obvious place to start. The Skitarii have a lot of good candidates for light sources. The models have lots of lenses and bulbs and even little spot lights mounted on their back packs. Anything that is going to be a source for our glow gets painted white.
After you have base coated all of your lenses, lamps and light emitters white the next step is to go over that with the color you will be using for your OSL. I went with a blue/turquoise color but you can do what ever you want. Bright strong colors are going to stand out a lot better then more muted colors though.
|I used inks to paint over the white I painted in the last step. It's a good time to start building up a gradient from dark at the edge to very light in the center.|
|They might not have awesome names like "Laser Blaster Blue" or whatever, but quality artist inks, and paints, are every bit as good as miniature paint.|
|As you can see the glaze is very light. It doesn't take much. If you wanted a more dramatic effect you could spray more or even spray white first. |
Here it is again all together: