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Mixing Highlights and Shades and Gradation


First you want to start by painting the whole mini with your shade (like the Dark Blue above) color. Then you paint your Base color. The Base color, like the Blue Hue, should be the color that you want that object to appear as. Then you progressively paint lighter blues onto the more raised areas until you reach your final highlight like the Light Blue above. Now you have to make sure that you have really watered down your paints. Then you start progressively highlighting from this point on. This technique is called Gradation. Every color in the Citadel Gamma comes in a set of three. For example Shadow Grey, Space Wolves Grey and Ghostly Grey are the same color, in different shades, meant for Highlighting. You might want to use just these three for a normal Miniature. If you want smoother transitions you want to mix these colors as you Highlight. For example: start by painting just Shadow Grey then 3 parts Shadow Grey to one part Space Wolves Grey, then 2 parts 2 parts Shadow Grey to one part Space Wolves Grey, and so on.


You have to decide is exactly just how much time you want to spend on each miniature. This is decided by how many highlights and shades you want to apply. If you are going to paint a large squad your probably want just 3-4 highlights per color, whilst if you are going to paint a General you probably want 6-7 highlights per color. As a beginner you probably want to start slowly, just adding one highlight and moving on from there. With practice and a lot of patience you become more skilled, and your highlights more sophisticated.


Be sure not to apply the paint directly to your miniatures from the bottle. Dilute the paints with water on a palette so that they become more transparent. This allows for colors to blend more with the color behind them, and doesnt blur the details. Thinning, the amount of water that you use is completely up to you, just experiment to see how much works best for you. For example large flat areas such as Tanks require thin paint whilst, tight folds of clothes require thicker paint.


Now if this doesnt work for you at first try and try again. Remember that you want to start simple, Dont start by trying to paint a ten highlight masterpiece. You will reach that level soon enough but, right now you have to start with the basics.