Experimenting with TMM (True Metallic Metal)

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.

TMM ExperimentI think they came out alright. Obviously nothing masterclass but I’m more working on getting the light theory worked out and less on perfection of the application itself.

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?

  • Great link to the tutorial! I need to read more about this stuff. Thanks Thor!

    • No problem and that makes two of us. It’s one of those subjects that I have a fundamental understanding of, light and shadow, but I need to learn more so that I can translate that with paint.

    • Awesome, thanks.

      Just read it and it’s good. More theory, concept and opinion than anything but still a good article.

  • I’ve never heard of this technique before. Does light reflecting off the metallic paint play havoc with the effect?

    • I never heard of it until a few days ago when I began researching techniques.

      The light isn’t an issue at all. What I meant was that what you see in the picture is all paint and not light playing off the reflective surface of the metal, that it was painted exactly as you see it.

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