After much consideration I thought i'd give it a go and try for a lightning look. I did some research online but although I found quite a few tutorials, there weren't really any I liked or that I thought looked good.
After reading many of the techniques I gave it a go myself and here is the finished look:
Even though I am not completely happy with the results here is how I did it...
1. Start from your basecoat
Paint the power sword entirely with a deep blue colour. I used Mordian Blue (Macragge Blue)
2. Paint a checkered pattern on the power sword. I found this in one tutorial online and I thought that it would add depth to the sword and provide a focus for the lightning to travel down the sword.
Make sure to use a lighter blue colour and really thin the paint down. Paint 2-3 coats if necessary and note that it doesn't need to be a really contrasting blue or it will detract from the lightning later on. I used Enchanted blue (Caledor Sky) for this step.
3. Paint the lightning on the sword. Use a light blue and a steady hand for this bit. I used Ice Blue (Lothern Blue) for this. Make sure to paint zig zag lines travelling down the length of the sword with more lines near the power source and less towards the end of the sword (I prefer the inside of the sword on the model I painted as the patterns are better and more lightning like - Typical!!!) Try to get the lightning moving towards the lighter blue checks on the sword as this will help the overall effect.
Also when the lightning lines hit the edges of the sword add a small line travelling down the edge as the lightning wouldn't just stop!
4. Add some white to highlight the power of the lightning. Make sure to only add small amounts of white near the power source, in the junctions where the lightning splits and where the lightning hits the edge of the sword.
5. Done!! Sit back and admire your work!! Again I am not happy with the outside of my power sword but really happy with the inside (the one you can't see on the table - Gah!). The patterns seem much better and more realistic but hey ho - you live and learn!!!
6. One final note - I also have a power axe in the squad and tried the same technique out of interest. It came out ok so here are the results:
Please let me know what you think good or bad, and point me in the right direction for any other tutorials that have worked for you.
Also show me your results!
All the best
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