Realistic fire effects with wet blending
Bring the heat to your miniature painting with the dynamic and captivating effect of fire. Whether you’re looking to add a fiery sword to a warlord or a mystical flame to a wizard’s staff, mastering the wet blending technique is your ticket to impressive, lifelike fire. Not only will this guide help you paint stunning flames, but it will also serve as a practical lesson in wet blending.
What you need for wet blending fire
Gather a few key supplies to begin your fiery journey:
- Acrylic paints: Start with vibrant red, orange, and yellow hues. Army Painter Dragon Red, Lava Orange, and Phoenix Flames are excellent choices.
- For a twist: Ice fire can be achieved with shades like Electric Blue and Crystal Blue for an otherworldly blaze.
- White paint: For the brightest parts of your flame.
- Acrylic retarder: An optional but helpful medium to keep your paints workable for longer.
Step-by-Step Guide to Painting Fire with Wet Blending
Step 1: Prime with White
Coat the fire area with white paint as a primer to ensure the subsequent colors pop. Mix a bit of retarder with your white paint if you prefer a slower drying time.
Step 2: Illuminate with White
Reapply white paint, now mixed with retarder, to the areas you want to glow the brightest.
Step 3: Layer with Yellow
Introduce yellow, working from the top of the white area down. The white and yellow will naturally blend to create a smooth transition.
Step 4: Deepen with Orange
Add orange, allowing it to merge into the yellow but leaving portions of pure yellow visible for depth.
Step 5: Accentuate with Red
Finish with touches of red, letting some orange remain untouched to maintain a gradient effect.
With these techniques, your miniatures will boast flames so lifelike they’ll almost emit heat. Embrace the challenge and watch as your figures become a beacon of awe on the battlefield.