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Offline Charles92027

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Looking up skirts
« on: May 19, 2018, 02:10:42 AM »
Iím still trying to figure out how to paint the underside of full-bodied clothes like skirts and such. In this case Iím painting a pea coat, it comes to the top of the figureís thigh and skirts out, but the bottom is just flat, not open like real-life. I think you all know what I mean.
How do you paint the bottom? Black? The same color as the coat, or skirt?
I have a similar problem with the filled-in triangle formed between an elbow and a gunstock.

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Re: Looking up skirts
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2018, 03:00:15 AM »
Iím still trying to figure out how to paint the underside of full-bodied clothes like skirts and such. In this case Iím painting a pea coat, it comes to the top of the figureís thigh and skirts out, but the bottom is just flat, not open like real-life. I think you all know what I mean.
How do you paint the bottom? Black? The same color as the coat, or skirt?
I have a similar problem with the filled-in triangle formed between an elbow and a gunstock.

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The filled in area between the gun and the body usually gets the color of the belt if there is one, the color of the gun if not.
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Re: Looking up skirts
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2018, 10:15:20 AM »
I paint the underside of such things the darkest shade I am using on that item (the one that is going in the deepest recesses, creases, etc.). Don't see any occasion to reach for a new colour when I've got one I'm already using right there. If I was the sort to undercoat in black I would probably leave it as is, but generally speaking I'm an undercoat-in-white type of guy.

Not that it matters much, as you almost never see them unless you are actively trying to look up the skirt.

Guns and elbows get decided on a case-by-case basis. I just go for whatever is going to show the least.

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Re: Looking up skirts
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2018, 11:20:12 AM »
I might be a bit crazy in this, but then I've never painted an entire army of figures wearing long coats, kilts or skirts; only individual minis or squads.

What I do is fade the bottom, from the colour it is on the outside, to black at the center of the coat/skirt. It gives the (rudimental) impression of depth, which I find more pleasing than a very stark line between the outside colour and black bottom. If we're looking at white or very lightly coloured outsides, I usually do not fade to black, but to a medium grey or brown.

I've also seen miniatures where the bottom of the filled in coat/mantle/skirt actually bulges downward, probably an artifact from the way they were cast (preventing undercuts?). I've never painted one of those, but I reckon my technique would not work there. In fact, I would not know what technique would achieve an acceptable result in those cases, and I'd probably end up cutting and filing such a bell bottom flat or even concave...

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