One Way at Orange – Or How to Paint Orange

Here I am going to explain how I paint my orange/brown used on my Aleph miniatures from Corvus Belli’s Infinity range.

What you will need are:

-Awesome Miniature (Yes, it has to be awesome!)
-Paint Brush
-Paints (in this case: German Grey [Vallejo Model Color], Gorthor Brown [Games Workshop], Orange Brown [Vallejo Model Color] and Scrofulous Brown [Vallejo Game Color]

1) Base Coat

Orange 01

Apply the base coat to the areas of the model you wish to paint with Gorthor Brown. Do not fret on being messy (at least as long as this is one of the first colors you are applying…).

2) First Shade

Orange 02

Start painting the darkest regions on your brown parts of the model. I try to focus on lower parts or sections where light is minimal or near non existent. It is not an exact science (doesn’t mean it cannot be), but it gets the job done. Make sure your coat covers well enough.

3) Start Blending

Orange 03

I mix in some Gorthor Brown to the German Grey and basically paint along the outline of the already applied shadow regions. On more detailed spaces I use a mix of 2:1 of German Grey to Gorthor Brown. Smaller areas are done well enough with a 1:1 mix. Make sure your paint is thin. Not too thin, mind you. Think enough so you can see a little bit of the coat underneath, but not as thin as a glaze or a wash. This is vital for all of the blending steps!

4) Back to the Roots

Orange 04

Using Gorthor Brown in its pure form I start working my way back to the original tone, basically covering hard transitions of the colors and softening them up. As mentioned above, make sure your paint is thin enough to not necessarily cover the area on the first try. Two to three layers is well enough. Feathering works too, if your paint isn’t thin enough. This tends to be a bit more difficult for some. With this section we have finished the shading section of these areas. Now it is time to work towards the brighter side.

5) The Color We Want

Orange 05

Orange Brown: this is the orange I originally wanted my models to have. Apply a nice and relatively even amount on the brightest areas of your model. Basically the opposite of what your shaded areas are. There is no science behind this either. Just hit the places where the most light would hit that model and you are pretty much good to go.

6) Blending Down

Orange 06

Like the shaded areas, the lighter ones need to blend in with the base coat to look natural. To do this just add a mix of 1:1 Gorthor Brown and Orange Brown and trace the outlines of the bright spots. Once this is done to a satisfactory amount, grab some Gorthor Brown and blend in those to the original base coat layer. Remember, as always, thin paints!

7) Cleaning Up

Orange 07

The final steps are more just cleaning up some of the minor mistakes you have had and applying Orange Brown to the brighter areas for more stronger color. I add a slight highlight with a 1:1 mix of Orange Brown and Scrofulous Brown to make it look like the light is hitting a high spot. Or to edge highlight some of the portions for good measure.

With that the orange/brown section is done and we have some kick ass way to paint up miniatures. This works with pretty much any color combination you have. Swap the orange for blue, or the black for a purple shade. Use two different colors like red and a dark green. There are so many possibilities to pull this off, it is amazing. You can get an easy and nicely done blend with a mere three to five colors. Not too shabby!


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3 Comments on “One Way at Orange – Or How to Paint Orange”

  1. April 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    Reblogged this on Miniature armies, huge time sink. and commented:
    A great tutorial on how to paint Orange!

  2. April 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Reblogged this on Mangled Metal Tactics.

  3. May 8, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    Reblogged this on Tangible Day.

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