Making Your Convergence Pop With Day Glow Pigment Techniques!

July 24, 2013 in Featured, Painting, Painting & Hobby, Privateer Press, Steampunk, Warmachine by anateus

So with the Convergence of Cyriss (CoC) breakdown Finished, Gav shows us a fast and effective way to get your new clockwork horrors off the painting table and onto the battlefield !

We’ve read through the rules, we’ve seen what’s in the CoC box, and even run through how best to expand the CoC from their Battlebox and Beyond… now it’s time to get these clockwork horrors onto the battlefield where they belong!

If you’ve seen some of my forum posts you’ll have seen that I’ve been experimenting with the day glow pigments from Forged Monkey on a number of bases for infinity to great effect, so its time to try the technique on miniatures!

Glowing Rainbow Set

These pigments should lend themselves really well to the CoC and if you’ve never considered OSL (Object Source Lighting) and glow effects before, or thought they were only for experts or airbrush users then it’s time to think again !

Using the CoC Battlebox, I’ll run through sprucing up the Heavy Vector, using Plasma Blue day glow pigments for that great blue CoC glow..

Plasma Blue

Convergence of Cyriss Battlebox

Tools of the Trade:

For this scheme you’ll need the following:

Vallejo Light Sea Blue
Vallejo Ivory White
P3 Brass Balls
Forged Monkey Plasma Blue Day Glow Pigment
Army Painter Plate Mail Metal Spray
GW Nuln Oil Wash
Spray Varnish

Technique:

First off, my beautiful assistant Justine has assembled (blame him for the mould lines!) & base coated the model, using one of Army painters coloured primers – in this case Plate Mail Metal. These primers are great when time is short and getting things painted is crucial (and as an avid last minute painter, I don’t know when time is ever not short!) as they prime the model and also put down your main basecoat colour in one go! The range of colours available is extensive, giving almost all armies a good jumping off point.

Following the Plate Mail Metal, my beautiful assistant Justine has followed it up with some P3 Brass Balls paint to the cogs and gears of the model, and then given the whole model a wash of GW Nuln Oil, to give it some definition to the details and bring down the shade of the colour so it’s not quite so bright. At this stage the model is very, very basic and to really get it to stand out on the battlefield could take a lot of work. Or we could do the following…

Plate Mail Metal and P3 Brass Balls #1

Plate Mail Metal and P3 Brass Balls #2

Starting with a watered down Vallejo Light Sea Blue I’ve given each of the areas where I want the blue glow to appear a light coat of paint. This  gives the glow a point of origin. This doesn’t need to be a perfect coat, just enough to get the blue into the area.

Now at this stage, we’re aiming just to get the glow origin painted, not the glow itself so try not to go outside the lines though that’s easy enough to clear up later if it does happen (no ones perfect!).

Vallejo Light Sea Blue #1

Vallejo Light Sea Blue #2

Vallejo Light Sea Blue #3

For the next stage, we’re looking at adding the “hot spots”, essentially the centre of the light source. For this we want to paint on some Vallejo Ivory White, again watered down as we don’t want the paint going on too strong. This should be just enough to show the colour, but not too heavy, so it has some translucence to it.

For this we’re aiming to get colour to the central points of each of the glowing areas or in the case of the generator on the back, the raised areas of the coils.

Vallejo Ivory White #1

Vallejo Ivory White #2

Vallejo Ivory White #3

Next comes the fun and indeed messy part. You’ll want to put down some newspaper and use a couple of old brushes as it’ll take its toll for sure!

Using the Forged Monkey Plasma Blue day glow pigment and an old brush, dab the brush into the pigment several times so that the brush is loaded with it. Next, brush the pigment over the areas on the model that you wish the glow to be, so the point of origin to begin with and then any surrounding surfaces where the light would likely fall.

Aim to have the greatest concentration of pigment on the point of origin, and lighter use of pigment on the area where the glow would fall.

Really grind the pigment into the model (this is where your brush starts to suffer. Sorry brush!) so that it stains the area.

It should end up looking like this:

Forged Monkey Plasma Blue #1

Forged Monkey Plasma Blue #2

Once your happy you’ve covered the area you want to glow give the model a quick blow removing the excess pigment. Obviously don’t do this onto your priceless cream sofa or anything else you don’t fancy being stained blue.

Once blown clear, you should have something resembling the following:-

Forged Monkey Plasma Blue Blown Off #1

Forged Monkey Plasma Blue Blown Off #2

If you require heavier glows, repeat the pigment process until happy.

Once your happy with the model, or have fallen unconscious from hyperventilating while blowing the pigment off the model you can go about cleaning up the model.

Using a brush, dampen the end in some water (enough to wet the brush, but not drench it, you don’t want it dripping water on the model) and simply use the damp brush to move the pigment off the areas you don’t want to glow. It’s that simple!

Once your happy with the model, I’d recommend giving it a varnish to lock the pigment into place (otherwise it’ll rub off onto your hands or model case every time you use them). You can do this via canned varnish spray, though this might take away some of your lighter coats of pigment. I’d recommend lightly dusting the model with the canned varnish (or if you have access, use an airbrush and varnish for the much lighter coats) and your done! Simple, fast and effective.

Finished Piece

Using this technique I was able to turn finish off the entire battle group in the space of about an hour and as you can see, they really are quite striking for table top quality miniatures!

Battlegroup #1

Battlegroup #2

The pigments are available in a wide range of colours, suitable for a variety of glow effects. Here are a few examples of some other models that have benefited from the pigments:

Machine Wraith #1

Machine Wraith #2

Fire Opal

Cryx Machine Wraith using Fire Opal

Deathripper #1

Deathripper #2

Acid Green

Cryx Death Ripper Bonejack using Acid Green

Denghra #1

Denghra #2

Ultra Violet

Cryx Warcaster Deneghra using Ultra Violet

The great thing about these pigments is the wide range of ways they can be used, either as in the technique above or mixed with water for a wash effect. You could even mix them with matte medium or other mediums to become a paint !

Hope this helps and speeds up the amount of Convergence of Cryiss we see on the gaming tables in future !

Links:

Forged Monkey
Army Painter Sprays
Vallejo Model Colour
Citadel Paints
P3 Paints

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