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Painting White Horses (10 posts)

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  • Avatar Image ghostbear252p said 1 week ago:

    Hey folks, I’m working on some horses for my mounted Late Romans for Saga and I want my warlord to have a white horse. Thing is, I messed it up so much that I stripped the model. I’m tempted to give up but I want to give white a go again. Any suggestions? Links to guides?

  • Avatar Image mage5078p said 1 week ago:

    Personally, I’d spray it grey and then spray a zenith white primer over that when dry. Nice, simple, quick

  • Avatar Image lawnor869p said 1 week ago:

    If you’re feeling particularly saucy you can then add a dilute grey/black wash to the mane and crevices afterwards, and then drybrush highlight with white to reclaim the core colour. For a colder feel the original grey can be replaced with a very light pale blue, but that’s more useful for winter wolves and white ice creatures.

    I hate painting horses. I always put off painting them as long as I can.

  • Avatar Image avernos1257p said 1 week ago:

    I’m going to be painting some horses early next week, sort of Sunday/Monday. I’m planning on using an oil wipe for speed painting them, but I was also going to try some stippling and things for greys and the like. I could post something here once I’m done let you see how they turned out and how I did them kinda thing if you’d like

  • Avatar Image commodorerob1609p said 1 week ago:

    I hate doing horses but find white horses the most satisfying. I always start with dark grey base coat then add thin layers each slightly lighter than the last going up to white to build up the shades etc.

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  • Avatar Image coxjul1090p said 1 week ago:

    The key is: there’s surprisingly little white on a white horse! There are all kinds of greys, browns and pinks.

    As suggested above you can start from a darker colour (grey) and build up the lighter colours or you can start with a white and work in the shades/shadows. In either case the problem tends to make it look like a living animal.

    The problem with some greys is that they can be very blue and unorganic, There are some more brown/greys you can work from, giving the animal a living tone right from the start.

    Similarly you might want to start from an off white which you can add the shadows to in one tone direction and pickout/dry-brush a more pure white in the other.

  • Avatar Image waxer63p said 1 week ago:

    Grey primer, then off-whites. Scale75 have few nice off-whites. Pure white only for final highlight.

  • Avatar Image brushstroke1442p said 1 week ago:

    As others have said… the main trick is to use very little white.
    Start from grey and build up

    Also, consider adding markings and variations such as dapple

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  • Avatar Image a27cromwell63p said 1 week ago:

    I just used Model Color 70.986 Deck Tan , a sort of off grey / white , then wash with GW Agrax Earthshade .. No extra base coating or all the layers of shading stuff for me , I like the way it turned out , and it looks ok the guys at the hobby shop.as well

  • Avatar Image sotf27p said 1 week ago:

    @coxjul said:
    The key is: there’s surprisingly little white on a white horse! There are all kinds of greys, browns and pinks.

    As suggested above you can start from a darker colour (grey) and build up the lighter colours or you can start with a white and work in the shades/shadows. In either case the problem tends to make it look like a living animal.

    The problem with some greys is that they can be very blue and unorganic, There are some more brown/greys you can work from, giving the animal a living tone right from the start.

    Similarly you might want to start from an off white which you can add the shadows to in one tone direction and pickout/dry-brush a more pure white in the other.

    One thing that tends to work better if you want a more white look for a horse is to start with an off white linen type color, then work up to about a mix of half and half of it with white before giving it a wash, then a drybrush of white over that