Unfortunately most of the neon colors don't do as well directly ontop of black.
I'd tried to do a few minis in a style of a black basecoat with a quick, light, neon drybrush over it for a scifi game I've been working on for a while...it doesn't work to well.
I have not had good luck with neon colors over black either. I usually use a coat of regular color, i.e. green, then a couple coats of the neon. I have not tried it over a white base coat. I usually only use the neon colors when I get some leftover fingernail paints from my daughter.
I'd suggest either a white base coat, or gray. Then apply the neon color. After that, apply a black wash/The Dip/Magic Wash, to fill in the recesses. Black bombing is tolerable to a point, but in situations like this, you need to reverse course, and start with a white/gray base coat, and use a black wash of some sort. It works better, as it is easier to achieve brighter colors while still having the recesses black.
If you really want the higher areas to be less darkened by the wash, apply a coat of clear Klear/Future/acrylic floor shine. This will create a smooth surface across the figure/terrain piece, which will allow the wash to more easily flow over the surface, only darkening the recesses. Acrylic paint, when dry, has a microscopically rough surface, which catches more wash, causing the whole surface to darken. Cheers!
Has anyone painted bold color such as neon green over black?
I am having zero luck, but I think it's because I'm using cheap acrylic craft paint.
I am wondering if Vallejo brand will do much better painting directly onto black (no white or gray undercoat).
Two genral rules of thumb: The more pigment is in your paint, the better it can cover other colors. The more opaque your paint is, the better it can cover other colors.
Unfortunately the pigment is the most expensive ingredient to a paint, so the cheaper paints are full of acrylic filling with very little pigment in them. I personally do not (anymore) use anything but high quality artists paints for minis or props. For biger pices of terrain that would get too expensive, though. But PLEASE do not grab the cheapest paint off the shelf. You get so much better results for just a dollar more...
The second problem is the opacity. Neon colors are mostly translucent, because the light is supposed to be reflected by the white or metallic base color to created that shiny neon effect. You can put coat after coat of neonm color over black without ever receiving a good result because the light is not reflected off the black.
So I suggest: black base coat, dry brush in white, grey or try out something like platinum or gunmetal, then put neon over all of it.
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT