Ok the last few days I did not get as much work done on these as I wanted. While I painted a lot on Friday, it was not minis, but I helped my better halfs sister paint her flat. Saturday and Sunday were spend painting minis. And today? Well today I helped a friend of mine cart 21 metric tons of soil into his new garden. I do not even want to know what my shoulders will feel like tomorrow!
But on Saturday I did the NMM silver on Captain Seymour. And I shall use him to go through the paces with you.
Now the first step with NMM silver is simple as it was with gold… you need a base colour. Here I chose Vallejo Panzer Aces “Feldgrau” (338). Just block the silver areas in.
The next colour is the first highlight. Here I went for Vallejo “Pale Greyblue” (907). This colour is used to pick out the highlights. So I paint the edges and raised points (folds or tassels) with it. Same goes if the fabric has a pattern stitched into it. In this case the belt for the cartridge box has interlocking triangles stitched on. Pick such patterns out with this colour as well. If you need to do some freehand patterns (like the cyphers on the saddle cloth) pick your spots where you feel a highlight should be, usually at spots where lines cross or make turns.
The final colours is used to give extreme highlights. In this case I used Vallejo “Silver Grey” (883). As with the gold you should go easy with this one. I found it best to paint besides the highlight from the second step or just put a dot at the end of such a highlight for best effect. For small tassels you can make a line of small dots to accentuate the fabric. Unfortunately it does not really come out on the photos, so you will have to look pretty close.
On sunday I saw to it, that the minis progressed in general. Did the highlights on the light blue, and red accents on the cyphers. I also did the black items (sabretache and sabre belts, shoes, visors…) and the highlights for the black. For highlights on black I use a very dark blue, that is almost black (did the same for the highlights on the horse by the way). In real life black never seems to have grey highlights (unless it is faded fabrics), so this gives the best results. Also started on the skin and did the eyes. Lets see how far I get tomorrow.
Tomorrow I shall post some photos of the Offensive Miniatures French artillery that I painted the last month.