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#16089
Dwarven Forge Paint Pallet 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Dwarven Forge Paint Pallet

Here is the paint scheme I have come up with to match the Dwarven Forge colors.

This mixing strategy is for example, the ratios of mixed elements can and will change with tastes.

I use Liquitex acrylic paints and seal with a clear matte finish. Make sure the surface is free of dirt and oils (from fingers). Wipe down with a bit of rubbing alcohol and let dry before painting.

Base Color - #5 Grey mixed with Black. Depending on how dark you like your pieces you can add more or less (for lighter) black.

Random Brick color - Take your pre-mixed Base Color and add it to Raw Sienna. The mixing ratio is: 60% Base coat / 40% Raw Sienna. You can also use Burnt Sienna instead of Raw Sienna for more reddish bricks

Ground paint – This can be Burnt Sienna.

Aging Affect color wash - #5 Grey mixed with Yellow Oxide and White. The mixing ratio is: 50% #5 Grey / 40% Yellow Oxide / 10% White.

After mixing the Age effect paint, use a dry brush, pick up a bit of the paint. Wipe off the excess on a clean towel until there is very little paint left on the brush. Lightly brush the surface of the bricks, floor and ground. The paint will highlight the highest parts of the model surface giving it an aged effect. The harder you press the brush to the model the more effect will show, less for a lighter effect.
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#16090
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BTW #1 is Dwarven Forge. #2 is my re-paint. Below is a CU of the re-paint.

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#16091
Dwarven Forge Paint Pallet 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
MakerofThings,

Welcome to the Forum… and BTW love your handle.

Thanks for the instructional. I recently painted a small mountain of dungeon accessories, and struggled with the color-matching. I found that each piece had its own unique way in which it needed to be painted to achieve the correct DF colors.

The post was called Dungeon Accessories Showcase. Take a quick peek a see what you think of the color-match.

www.dwarvenforge.com/dwarvenforums/viewtopic.php?id=1048

Here’s what I had to say about the color-matching.

Io wrote:

I had a lot of fun painting these pieces, but I was also tested at the same time. Color-matching to MM is challenging to say the least. On each accessory the colors look and lay differently depending on the piece’s surface. And correctly custom color mixing acrylics, that don’t dry true, was aggravating! There were more than several color corrections in the painting possess at first, because I thought like in color matching to the Sci-Fi pieces, I could do the DF-color match-part of the paint job in one go. It was the wrong move… the MM color scheme is much more complex, and again plays out completely different on surfaces unlike the porous stonework of DF. The mixed colors kept drying out, and there are the shades of green and yellow hidden in the grays and browns that can drive a painter crazy trying to match.

So when I finally got the colors correct. I painted big squares on white sheets of paper, so I could take the samples to Home Depot, have them computer match the colors, and whip me up a few quarts of paint. If you decide to try this use the highest quality interior-flat latex paint your store has, and thin with a little water accordingly.

After correctly color-matching the DF part of your paintjob, sealing the color is what really ties it in. DF pieces are hard “plasticy” looking. I found that Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating #1303 “gloss coating” matches to the “plasticy” finish.

Let those parts dry, and then you can have some fun painting all the other parts of your accessories. You can even hit it with a light coat of Matte for protection on those parts too, just go light and even across the whole piece; the gloss will still show through the color matched parts and contrast with the flat painted areas.

That about says it. I’ve had a little more practice with a few more Grendel pieces and they came out pretty good. Thanks for taking the time to post your method. Next time I give it a whirl I’m going to give your technique a try too.

Mike
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#16092
Dwarven Forge Paint Pallet 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Thanks for the link. Your layout was quite jaw dropping and has given some new ideas, thanks. The color match seemed to me very nice indeed. Thanks for the post and keep up the excellent work. Also be on the lookout for my next post on "How to get rid of those pesky bow ties......"

MoT

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#16093
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Hi, MakerofThings. We started a "Workbench" area under the Gaming Talk message board and have been trying to keep these kinds of posts there so we can persuade (hint hint hint) Jeff to created a dedicated "Workbench" forum for us here on the boards. The format for the subject line that we've been using is like this: WORKBENCH: (article name)

I just posted Part II of a Fantasy Forest project I'm working on there. Check it out when you get a chance. Welcome back to the boards.

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#16094
Dwarven Forge Paint Pallet 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
MoT -

You have solved, at least to some extent, an ongoing problem LOTS of us have been run over by.
If you ever get to see my collection of oddball one-offs (DF pieces that I've mutilated, copied, and reproduced for pesonal use), you'd know what I mean. Such as a 1"x6" row of floor; a 10"x10" floor; other butchered pieces.
NONE of which (excet the butchered T-passage) have an original DF paitn job!
Because I CAN'T MIX PAINT FOR DIDDLY!!! Ask anyone who knows me, they;ll tell you, while ROFLing!
But I DO wield a mean band saw.

I gotta tell you, that paint job on #2 looks like DF prototype-original.

Welcom to the forums, and as Dante said, we Do have a WORKBENCH of sorts established under Gaming Talk. NO, we can't insist you post there, and I won't, but it does help keep everything in one place until Jeff or Doug create a new forum section for us to play in.

Doug: HINT!!! Please?

See ya!

Jim
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#16095
Dwarven Forge Paint Pallet 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
I'll certainly be posting in the "WORKBENCH" section for now on. I'm putting together a brief tutorial on how to get rid of the bowties and perhaps work on one that details recasting DF for mods (if it's allowed) and new pieces. I may even sculpt my own Sewer set for personal use. I was in the process of sculpting a Tavern set with interchangeable wall (for variety) but have put that on hold until I see what the "Mystery Set" is all about. Also Jim, do try and give my paint pallet a go, I believe you will be pleased with the results. MoT
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#16096
Dwarven Forge Paint Pallet 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Your paint sceme looks almost identical to the DF colors. I use a slightly easier method (less mixing) that looks close but not quite as good as yours. Dark gray undercoat. For the brownish bricks I use Games Workshops graveyard earth without mixing. For the final drybrush I use a mixture of Reaper Masterwork Pale Olive (2 parts) Black (1 part) and Gamesworkshop Golden Yellow (1 Part). I'll post some pics of the results later this week. Waiting for my digital camera to get back from the shop.
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#16097
Dwarven Forge Paint Pallet 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Thanks War Duke. I'm going to try your final dry-brush solution and see how it works out for me. I'm going to bump this to the "WORKSHOP" and finish the posts there.

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#16098
Dwarven Forge Paint Pallet 7 Years, 8 Months ago  
Thanks to all for the painting tips.

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Re:Dwarven Forge Paint Pallet 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Really Awesome!!! Well Done and thanks for posting!!!
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