Non Metallic Metal (NMM)|
A lot of people use metallic paints when painting things such as swords and helmets. This can look quite good if the metallics are shaded and highlighted proporly. It's also a pretty quick method and therefore very good for painting armies. For display models I prefer to use Non Metallic Metal (NNM) techniques. When painting NMM style you use "ordinary" non metallic paints to simulate the way metallic objects shine.
For steel NMM I use the following colours:
When painting NMM you can't just highligths as usual (lightest colours on the highest points). You have to think about how real metal would reflect light. When painting a NMM sword I usually place the colours as shown in the pic:
I don't always use the darkest shade (Charcoal Black), but I always highlight up to pure white to represent the metal's reflectiveness.
For NMM gold I use the following colours:
The picture shows where I place the colours.
I've only tried NMM bronze a couple of times so take this with a grain of salt. For Bronze I only use:
Sky-Earth NMM is used to paint highly reflective metallic surfaces. Stuff that looks like chrome..... Metal like that will work like a mirror and reflect the horizon.
When I paint SE NMM I use the same colours as for normal NMM, the only exception is gold SE NMM: Here I use GW's scorched brown as my darkest colour (on the horizon). The pictures shows where the colours are used.