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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian17 Jan 2023 11:47 p.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Imagine that you're painting a figure with black hair. You've basecoated in black, now what color do you highlight with?

33% said "dark gray"
17% said "dark blue"
11% said "medium gray"

HMS Exeter18 Jan 2023 7:57 a.m. PST

American Drab has always been my go to.

Red is gray, and yellow white,
but we decide which is right.

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2023 9:58 a.m. PST

…and which is an illusion.

CeruLucifus25 Jan 2023 11:23 p.m. PST

I wouldn't basecoat in black. I basecoat in payne's gray or prussian blue, then shade with black magic wash. The magic wash provides a sheen and this part of the figure, I would keep the shine, not overcoat with matte varnish.

Answering the question, you can't highlight black. The Batman comic book method is to use deep blue. Or, use gloss varnish or possibly satin.

I've tried a gray highlight and either there's not enough so it disappears, or too much and you have an iron gray figure.

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