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Space Hulk Diorama (17) – Painting Object Source Lighting

Meat Puppets ‘Scum’ 

I’ve nearly finished the Librarian figure, with only the freehand designs to go. I usually leave these until last, as they tend to be quite painstaking. The colours haven’t come out quite right in the photographs, particularly on the face, but nevermind:



I decided to paint the staff with a glowing effect – i.e. object source lighting. It has an odd, intricate design sculpted onto it; and wasn’t cast especially well on this model. Normally OSL is best achieved with drybrushing, but it wouldn’t be possible here – so instead, the technique just involves highlighting with increasingly bright layers as normal, but then glazing over each of these with the previous colour, to blend it together.

These were the colours used:

044Firstly, it was basecoated black:


I then painted the swirly lines grey – purely because it made them easier to see:


Paint the lines with Vallejo Air Colour Blue:


Glaze over the staff with a thin mix of the same colour, VAC blue:


Layer – Andrea Blue:


Glaze over the lines with another thin layer of VAC blue:


Highlight – Lothern Blue:


Glaze the blue lines with Andrea Blue:


Highlight – Lothern Blue + Pale Grey Blue (c. 1:2 ratio):


Highlight with pale grey blue, in selective areas – such as corners/tips:


I then glazed the whole staff with several thin layers of VAC blue; before finishing with another glaze – this time, using diluted Asurmen blue; as it has a slightly satin effect, which makes the main area of the staff look black again, rather than grey:



Unfortunately, I’m not very imaginative; and haven’t quite figured out the freehand designs yet. Once they’re done though, the diorama will be finished, save for a few minor tweaks here and there.


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