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    This will be a little Step by Step Tutorial about how to paint ice gems!

    I used the "Sky and Ice Blue Paint Set" by Scale 75 (but you can of course use any other colors as well).

    It's very important to know that you will have to work with glazes to archive a nice and clean gradient. So it might be useful to have some kind of thinner or glaze-medium.
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    Step 1

    First we need to cover the desired surface with the darkest of our colors . Because this will be our darkest shadow the colour should be as dark as possible (almost black ).I used Scale Color "Deep Blue" for this which is ab very deep blue with a pinch of purple.
    No need here for a glaze use your paint as usual.
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    Step 2

    Next step is to bring some color variation in to the shadow. I have used Scale Color " Violet" and covered up almost the entire surface with glazes but leave a spot of the darkest color at the base and on other shadow parts of the facets!

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    Step 3

    For the "brightest shadow" i have used Scale Color "Tesla Blue" applied the same way as the Violet in Step 2. But now leave a little less of the previous layer.
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    Step 4


    Now its time to bring some light into the darkness for that i used Scale Colors "Sky Blue" as Mid / main-tone also applied as Glaze and also leave again just ja little of the previous color. As you can see here the gem begins to look icy.
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    Step 5



    Here we will set the fist of three highlights.
    In this case i was trying to achieve that slightly greenish hue you can find in some blue gems. I've used Scale Colors "Caribbean Blue" ( which is in my opinion a great color for that purpose). Applied as glaze again but this time try to keep this layer very translucent(remember we only want a slightly greenish touch!) and leave more of the color before!
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    Step 6



    Second highlight and first edge highlight. I mixed the first highlight color (Caribbean Blue) 50 /50 with some white(in this case P3 Morrow White). I only highlighted the edges of the facets to let the "crystal form" pop out again.
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    Step 7


    Final highlights. Simply used some pure White to create reflection points(for example by the joints of facets)Last thing to do is to do is a nice coat of gloss varnish and you're done
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    Hi Simon welcome to this site and thanks for the tutorial part, will be nice too se the finished model later on.

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    Nice straight forward tutorial. Thanks for posting.

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    What miniature is this? Who is the manufacturer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BloodFather of Kharnath View Post
    What miniature is this? Who is the manufacturer?
    I believe it is Privateer Press' Mountain King. There are a couple people that have done wips of him fairly recently.

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    Hi Simon. Out of interest - what are you using to thin your scale 75 paints? Mine are behaving very very strangely with water and water slow dry mixes - they become a bit gummy with extremely poor coverage and don't adhere well to the primer at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by archreptile View Post
    Hi Simon. Out of interest - what are you using to thin your scale 75 paints? Mine are behaving very very strangely with water and water slow dry mixes - they become a bit gummy with extremely poor coverage and don't adhere well to the primer at all
    Brilliant tutorial. And you're review of the paint set was very informative too.

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    Thank you all

    Quote Originally Posted by archreptile View Post
    Hi Simon. Out of interest - what are you using to thin your scale 75 paints? Mine are behaving very very strangely with water and water slow dry mixes - they become a bit gummy with extremely poor coverage and don't adhere well to the primer at all
    I mostly use "Vallejo-Matt Medium" or "Vallejo-Glaze Medium" and a bit of water and i have no problems with that (sorry for that late response)

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    Can't believe I missed this. Lovely work, simple and effective!
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    Simon,
    Beautiful work. Nice gradients.
    I was a little confused though... in the first part you mentioned you will be using glazes, but then didn't really talk about that in the later descriptions.
    Did you mean an actual glaze, or just the application of thinned down Scale75 paint with the Vallejo media? Also, as far as you can tell, is the Vallejo Matte Medium just a matte version of the Vallejo Glaze Medium?

    Thank you.

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