How to Paint Gemstones with Gemstone Paints
Citadel's new Gemstone paints seem to be the hotness lately. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the new Citadel Gemstone technical paints, they are a new line of translucent glossy paints. The purpose of them is to give you good looking gems without a bunch of hassle doing them the "old fashioned way". A lot of folks have really liked the gradient undercoat for the gems I did testing on. So I thought a quick tutorial is in order.
This tutorial will follow the gradient technique that I used in my testing for the Gemstone paints review.
Since this is a quick one, I just used an old High Elf halberd I had laying around. I chose Spiritstone Red as the example color, because I like it the most and I think it shows the effect best.
For this tutorial we will be using the following colors:
- Citadel Abaddon Black
- Citadel Leadbelcher
- Citadel Ironbreaker
- Citadel Stormhost Silver
- Citadel Technical Spiritstone Red
- The gemstone paint is kind of like a gloss varnish with color added into it. It doesn't like being thinned, so be careful how much water is on the paint bristles.
- The same goes for Citadel's metallics, they can be really picky about how thin they can go while still holding together. Out of all of my paints, these are the only ones I usually use straight from the pot.
- If you plan on matte varnishing the model after the gemstone paint is on, it will dull the finish of the gems, requiring a reapplication of gloss varnish to each gem in order to make them shiny again.
Base Coat - Abaddon Black
Layer One - Leadbelcher
Layer Two - Ironbreaker
Highlight - Stormhost Silver
Technical - Spiritstone Red
After a quick touch of gold around the edge trimming, it looks all nice and pretty.
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