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Leadjunky13 Oct 2017 8:39 p.m. PST

I am looking for a site I came upon about the 15th Century French wars with Burgundy and HRE. Site had some great shots of 25mm battles and I believe it was in Russian. Anyone happen to have run across it and have a link? Thanks.

Grelber13 Oct 2017 8:39 p.m. PST

I don't know if you are familiar with the story of the Norse goddess Sif. She had long, beautiful blonde hair. One night while she was asleep, the trickster god, Loki, crept in and cut off all her hair. This probably seemed pretty funny until her husband, Thor got involved, threatening Loki with dire bodily harm. To make things right, Loki went to the dwarves, who made Sif new hair out of spun gold that magically took root and began to grow when put on her head. And everybody lived happily ever after, until Ragnarok, when everybody died.
Or until I bought a set of four Norse gods (nice figures) from SHQ that included Sif, and I was faced with painting gold hair. I tried painting it a dark gold (Reaper brass), and highlighting with pale gold, which didn't give enough contrast. So I put on a wash of brown ink. This has given her hair a sort of reddish cast, like the dwarves made her hair out of electrical wire. I did another gold dry brush, which didn't help much. At this point, rather than put on more layers of paint, I thought I'd ask if anybody has any ideas on how to paint golden hair?


Raynman Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 8:53 p.m. PST

Paint her hair yellow and high-light with gold.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2017 5:33 a.m. PST

My first attempt would be something like this: Paint white, wash with a yellow ochre color, wash again with a dark gold, then drybrush highlights with pale gold.

The yellow ochre might be too yellow. A very light tan might work better.

You can use the new Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie as a reference:

Winston Smith14 Oct 2017 7:22 a.m. PST

In the Thor movies and comics, Sif has dark hair. grin

Winston Smith14 Oct 2017 7:24 a.m. PST

And everybody lived happily ever after, until Ragnarok, when everybody died.

You have just summed up Norse mythology in one compound sentence.

wrgmr114 Oct 2017 9:21 a.m. PST

Painting blonde hair, I use a base of brown iron oxide (medium brown) then hi-lite with golden yellow. After that you could do one more light hi-lite with bright gold.

Look at the fellow to the right.


Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2017 9:34 p.m. PST

Grelber, do you have pictures of what you have so far?

- Ix

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2018 5:55 a.m. PST

I think the trick to blonde is never using yellow. Once I did, my blondes turned out much better. It's a simple three color build with khaki as the base.

See here: second from left:


Slightly more here: link

Oh another second from left:


You can see a lot of my old yellow blondes here and they look quite unnatural: link
A slice:


zardoz1957 Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2018 9:58 p.m. PST

Yeah I never understand people using yellow. A blond person was once referred to as "flaxen-haired." Look at the color of flax used to make linen. It's a very light khaki color. No yellow at all.

tkdguy03 Feb 2019 6:05 p.m. PST

I've used dark brown as an undercoat, then Citadel Old Gold (metallic, but it's a pale shade of gold). then highlight with ivory. I've used yellow ochre as a base coat, but I currently don't have that color.

Khaki sounds like a good choice; maybe I'll try it sometime.

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