Apr 27, 2009

How To: Lightning

This is the lightning effect I use on some of my vehicles. It's pretty easy to do. For this I've used Regal Blue, Ultramarines Blue, Enchanted Blue, Ice Blue and Skull White. You could do the same effect with other colors, and it works well for "magma" effects as well, the principle is the same, except you need to chose different colors. It also works great for power weapons. The key throughout this is to keep your paints thin.

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STEP 1 - Lay down some Regal Blue. Easy!

STEP 2 - Use your brush to make a zig zag effect with Ultramarines Blue Make this fairly wide so you have room to make zig zags inside of the zig zag. Don't use straight edges. Realistic lightning rarely has a "lightning bolt" shape. Search on google to see more examples to see what I mean.

STEP 3 - Make a zig zag inside your existing color, progressing to each lighter color. For example, we've used Ultramarines Blue, so next go with Enchanted Blue, then Ice Blue. Don't worry if you go outside the edges a bit, it will just add to the effect.

STEP 4 - Paint on Skull White on the areas of greatest intensity. These will be the origin of the bolt (top in this picture) and the areas where the bolt forks. This will make it stand out more against the dark background.


The Inner Geek April 27, 2009 at 10:16 PM  

Great effect and you make it sound pretty easy. I may have to give it a go on some power weapons for practice!

Akenseth April 27, 2009 at 11:31 PM  

Yeah, it is quite easy. I did this tutorial in a few minutes today after I got home from work.

Spooky April 28, 2009 at 3:30 AM  

Very nice tutorial! Well explained and very easy to make. Thx!

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