I mentioned yesterday that on the Helbrute I’ll be starting that I want to really take my time with the model and have fun with it. For me part of fun is experimenting and learning. I want to work on some new techniques and improve/refine my current techniques.
For the learning part of things I’m looking at TMM (true metallic metal). Basically, it’s like NMM (non-metallic metal), in the lighting theory but using actual metallic paints. So, having those hard lines between shadow and light where the light bends around the metal. I like NMM, and well done NMM is just amazing, but I prefer the more realistic look of metallics.
For those interested, I found a good tutorial on it here with some great examples: http://massivevoodoo.blogspot.com/2010/02/tutorial-painting-true-metallic-metal.html
I decided to do some experimenting with TMM, to learn it. On a very basic level I have been doing TMM but nothing like the link above. Most of that has been a time factor. I love painting but at the same time I just can’t commit a few hours a model. However, as noted, with this Helbrute I want to just enjoy the process so I’ll take whatever time is required to expand my skills.
Here’s some really quick test pieces I did. I made sure light wasn’t reflecting off the surface here; it’s all paint.
The sword I like the most as it had the most obvious application of TMM. The axes were more subtle, at least that’s the impression I got when testing light on them.
It’s early in the process and I’ll experiment a lot more before I commit anything to the Helbrute but I’m having fun learning!
What do you think? Reasonable first attempt?