Saturday, February 5, 2011

Brownlining continued

Subject line says it all. Making progress, though.

Here's a pic of the finished version of the Ironclad (subject of the very first posting below), and his little Lancer brother in progress.


  1. I have been painting for a while but brownlineing is not a technique I am familiar with, I really like the way your stuff has turned out, could you please describe it for me, I may want to give it a try.

    thanks keep up the good work, I will be subscribing to your blog.

  2. Whoops -- missed this, but I should have caught it earlier. So, brownlining is actually easy to do, and it adds a lot. What you do is get a bottle of Reaper Brown Liner, which is formulated for this stuff -- just add water to thin.

    You want to use a liner brush if you have one, but any decent round brush will work -- Size 1 is about as small as you need to go.

    What I do is basecoat the mini in all of the colors (usually the midrange color, rather than the highlight or shade colors) as a first step. Then, I brownline as the second step: I paint down the creases and joint lines with the brown line solution. Basically, anywhere the paint color changes (like, say, gold epaulets on a blue coat), you use the liner to, well, outline it. While neatness is always useful, the great thing about this is that you don't have to worry if you slop it up a little. All you really care about is making sure the dark lines are there in the places you need them.

    So your brown lining is in place. Now, step three is to do your shading and highlighting as normal (and I do this via layering, rather than wet blending). Now you need to be more precise, but it's much easier to edge a color close into a line than it is to draw a perfectly neat line.

    Tell you what: I'm about to start on step three with those Stormblades. I'll take pics as I go to show you what I do in the way of edging.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!