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    Highlighting
    Now the fun begins.
    We have added the shading to the base colour, which is all painted over
    the top of a good, solid undercoat. So now we can add what is called the
    highlights. A highlight is basically the opposite of a shade. We now want
    to be able to enhance the look of depth to the model we are painting.
    A highlight is
    a similar process to that of Drybrushing,
    but you are actually painting the brighter tones onto the figure, rather
    than dragging a brush across the surface. So continuing with our Space
    Marine, we now need to highlight up. The first colour I would use is the
    original base colour, Ultramarines Blue. The reason is because the Blue
    Wash that we added previously, darkened our original colour, so below you
    can see where I have put the Ultramarines Blue paint on the helmet.

















    Base Colour



    Shading



    1st Highlight



    So you can see the
    differences between the three stages. When I applied the first highlight,
    it is similar in painting the base colour, but what you aim to do is leave
    the wash in the cracks, and highlight up from it. The next two images show
    a second highlight.













    1st Highlight



    2nd Highlight



    The second highlight
    was a mix of Ultramarines Blue and Skull white with a drop of water to
    keep the paint as smooth as possible. The area that I needed to put the
    highlight were the front half of the face mask, the rim above the eye,
    the front half of the rib on top of the helm, around the edges of the ear
    piece and the ridge of the neck guard. But in comparison to the first highlight,
    the second was done on smaller areas, to give the impression of depth.
    I would probably
    apply one last highlight, right on the edges of the helmet areas that I
    have been painting already. The trick with the last highlight is to put
    the paint on the brush, wipe off the excess, and use the side of the bristles
    to drag along the edge of the plates. That way you are putting on a fine
    line of paint. The mix I used for the last highlight was Ultramarines Blue
    and more Skull White than the highlight before.













    2nd Highlight



    Last Highlight




    So as you can
    see, just buy adding Skull White to you base colour, and painting less
    of the same areas each time, you get a real look of depth on your miniature.
    Here they are
    from beginning to end.


















    Base Colour



    Shading



    1st Highlight












    2nd
    Highlight

    Last
    Highlight



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