Posted 06 October 2012 - 10:56 PM
I bought a little plastic dog (just a cheap job, from Michaels, though the details aren't too bad). It's a golden retriever - I want to paint it up as a present for a friend and paint it to match my friend's retriever.
The problem is - I've been mixing and mixing and I can't even come close to the fur color of this dog. (See attached)
This dog has 4 shades of fur really.
Darkest is an orangeish brown color.
Next is a lighter shade of that
Then there is a light blonde color (makes up the majority - and is the color I've come least closest to)
Finally a white/khaki color (this I can actually match pretty closely).
The Reaper power pallete gives me things like "tanned highlight, and rosy skin" for the blonde color - which I have, and they aren't even close :/
Everything I've tried on my own comes out too yellow, or too brown, or too plain (i.e. not "golden" enough). I mostly have GW paints (the old kind, before they redid them recently) but I have pretty much all of them, in addition to ~2 dozen Reaper (those are almost entirely skin tones though).
I've been trying by mixing mostly light browns with yellows, or browns +oranges for the darker colors.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm not averse to picking up paints if needed but be aware that my FLGS (where I bought at least a half-dozen triads) no longer carries Reaper paints :/
Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:37 PM
Playing around with the photoshop multi-sample eyedropper tool and putting it back into the Power Palette gives me Oiled Leather, Fair Skin, Polished Bone, Bloodless Skin, Terran Khaki
Although the Terran Khaki in practice is probably overpoweringly dark unless you only use it barely visibly as subtle shadow on the pale parts.
Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:14 AM
Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:27 AM
Posted 08 October 2012 - 07:04 PM
And some experimentation using that Khaki as a base gave me what I think is a passable light blonde fur (see attached pics). Made by mixing in a very tiny amount of Vomit Brown (aka a creamy orange) to the base.
But I still need to come up with the darkest orange fur, and a way to blend the that with the blonde fur.
Obviously the pic of the face was a quicky job. And I'll shade/highlight each color - but just as a quick way to see how the colors work together - what do you guys think?
The second pic - of the back legs - you can see the khaki base made from the intricate mixing. (And that back paw, made from that base + some golden yellow - which is a not bad blonde fur color too, I think). You can also see the amount of experimentation the poor doggy has had done on him as I was testing various colors/mixes.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:18 AM
As you can see - he's leaps and bounds better than my poor test puppy. (Way to take one for the team though, test puppy). Thefirst pic includes some of his toys I sculpted. (Sadly, the dog turned out so good that the toys look especially sucky in comparison - and they didn't need help for that, I suck at sculpting).
Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:01 AM
Your friend ought to love this one!
Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:46 PM
"They'll sell you thousands of greens. Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like; but that particular green, never." - Pablo Picasso
Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:29 PM
Yes, I probably will strip/repaint the test puppy at some point. He's not nearly as nice a sculpt as the second dog though. (Second dog was made by a company called "Schleich" btw - they make a ton of different animals, though they're much too big for any sort of tabletop gaming purposes.)
They toys have their charm - but you can tell they are pretty lumpy. Also - I started making the toys long ago - pre-second dog. So they are all a bit too small now for the full-grown retriever.
Overall I'm pretty darn happy with it still, and look forward to (and slightly dread) giving it away.
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