3 Recipes For Painting Lenses & Glare on Miniatures

By Joshua Dunkerly | May 18th, 2020 | Categories: How To Tutorial, painting miniatures

lenses-and-glareCome see 3 great recipes for painting lenses, glare, and more on your miniatures to pull out every last bit of detail that you can!

Welcome to one of our throwback tutorial posts we’re publishing again for readers to enjoy as they spend more time hobbying while social distancing. You can check out all of our past tutorials for the last 10 years at this link here.

Hobby Tutorial: Putting a Realistic Glare on Your Lenses

hobby hacks washes and paints hor walIf you’ve got your paints ready and you’re looking at your model wondering “what can I do to make it pop?” we’ve got some answers for you here. Taking a look at the lenses, you’ll need these colors. Note: You can create a glare for any lens color you’re working with. You’ll just want to use progressively lighter colors.

The colors required are as follows:

1. Mephiston Red
2. Evil Sunz Scarlet
3. Wild Rider Red
4. Troll Slayer Orange

1. Macragge Blue
2. Teclis Blue
3. Temple Guard Blue
4. Baharroth Blue

1. Warpstone Glow
2. Warboss Green
3. Moot Green
4. Yriel Yellow

1. Ceramite White
2. Ardcoat

Start With A Crude Base Color

20150524_105300-1To start, base the first color over the whole lens/gemstone area. This doesn’t have to be pretty. Just pick a solid color to roll with.

20150524_105915-1After your basecoats are applied we’re going to want to start making the gemstones look reflective. This is easier than it sounds. You will want to take your second (lighter color in the list from above) for the gemstone and apply it in a crescent moon pattern over the first color. leave a small circle in the top side the original color. Red- Evil Sunz Scarlet, Blue- Teclis blue, and Green- Warboss Green.

More Layering Lighter Colors

20150524_110340-1Now you will take the third color for your gemstone and apply it just to the outer edge of the crescent moon. So it appears to be getting brighter towards the bottom of the gemstone. Red- Wild Rider Red, Blue- Temple Guard Blue, and Green- Moot Green.

20150524_110719-1Once that is done you will be ready to use the fourth and lightest color for each gemstone. Just like the last step, you will want to apply this color just to the outer edge. This time, however, only do a small portion of the outer edge in the color. Red- Troll Slayer Orange, Blue- Baharroth Blue, and Green- Yriel Yellow.

20150524_111634-1Now you will want to make it look like the light is bouncing off it. To accomplish this you simply add a dot of Ceramite White to the top of the dark circle that we left. Then, add a smaller dot of Ceramite white on the opposite side of the gemstone in the brightest part.

20150524_111919-1This last step is optional. You can add Ardcoat once you’re finished to give it that last bit of REAL light bounce.

As we said, it’s a lot more simple than you might realize and doesn’t take too much time in the grand scheme of things. Just don’t be heavy-handed with your brush strokes and try not to cover up the darker layers you’ve just painted when you’re applying a lighter layer.

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About the Author: Joshua Dunkerly

I have been a hobbyist/player for 15 plus years. I like a multitude of tabletop games but mostly enjoy the ones where I get to build or paint something! Don't get me wrong, the game part is fun but there is nothing like putting a model you are truly proud of on a table.

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