At the beginning of my task I made a couple of irreversible decisions - firstly how I was going to base the entire set (more about that another time) and second that I would use non metallic metals - even though I have limited experience with this method. Several of the pieces I have painted so far are complete with the exception of base details and finishing the metal parts.
I had a nice block of undisturbed time to paint recently and decided to put some real effort into NMM
In the pictures below my vintage minotaur (FF47) is holding a plastic dwarf axe – his own axe probably was lost in late 80’s. I've seen many axeless copies of this figure around so I know mine is not the only one in this condition. I'm not a purist so the plastic axe is pinned and staying.
I painted the axe plain medium metallic silver, shone a light on it and photographed it:
Then, in Photoshop, I pulled the colors out:
And used a 7 stage cutout filter to simplify:
So now I have a NMM PBN – paint by numbers – Which I did:
With a flat light, a flash, and some contrast adjustment you can see my brush strokes:
On the reverse, for comparison, I used the MNNM method – using dark to light metallic paint in the same pattern.
In this case, of the two, I like the NMM best
But PBN NMM cannot be used on every subject - proof below
At the same time I tried a far more complex subject – an fully armoured paladin in a dynamic pose (FF10).
To make matters worse this 25mm fig is a rough sculpt by today’s standard.
Taking it through a similar photoshop process:
This is what I’m aiming for with warm grays for steel:
And this is a very quick paint job (Because I very quickly didn’t like where it was going):
The problem being that from any other angle he looks like the victim of a incontinent flock of birds
So In this case I’ll have to use artistic licence and fake it – I’ll let you know how that goes