NNM Gold For Beginners Oct05

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NNM Gold For Beginners

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to do a basic non metallic gold effect on your models. I’m by no means an expert on this technique as I’m still in the process of learning it myself but with anything we all need to start somewhere and I hope this tutorial will be a springboard for others who want to get into learning how to achieve non metallic gold. In this example I’m going to be working on the Crozius Arcanum of the Space Marine plastic Chaplain.

We start by giving the area a basecoat of 50/50 Balor Brown (GW Layer) and Gorthor Brown (GW Layer)

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The next step is to apply some shading. I used a 50/50 mix of Agrax Earthshade (GW Shade) and Carroburg Crimson (GW Shade)

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Our first highlighting stage requires all the raised areas to be highlighted with Balor Brown

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Next up is the part I think trickiest when doing NNM and that is highlighting where the light source would be most strong. In this example I’m going to assume the light is hitting the model from the top/front. I created a 70/30 mix of Balor Brown and Screaming Skull for this highlight and highlighted just on the edges of the raised areas, the top of the skull, above it’s eye sockets and along the top of the Crozius.

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Tip: Taking a photo of the model with your cameras flash on from the angle you want the light to hit the model will give you a good picture showing where the light source would be hitting it.

For the final highlighting step I added a little bit more Screaming Skull to the previous mix along with a tiny bit of White Scar (GW Layer) This was only applied to tiny areas of the previous highlighting stage.

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That’s essentially it. A simple NNM gold effect like this one is pretty good for small items like the crozius, icons or shoulder pad trim etc. I would recommend blending the colours together for larger surfaces to create a smoother transition.