Sunday, April 30, 2023

Z is for Zenithal Priming

Zenithal Priming is an advanced priming technique that attempts to simulate shadows and highlights created by the sun at its zenith.

Basically, you prime the entire model in black, then spray on a white primer from above only. This leaves any lower edges and recesses black, creating baseline shadows even before you start blocking in your colours.

I've also seen this done with black, then a grey layer and then just a touch of white for the top most highlight.

All photos from The Army Painter

You don't even necessarily have to use white and black. You can also use complementary or contrast colours to get different, interesting effects:

And that's it! Twenty-six days about miniature painting! I did it, Ma! Thank you to those who stuck around for the full month, and I hope you learned a thing or two, or at least weren't too bored. Maybe you laughed at some of my terrible jokes or painting. Either way, you came back, so I appreciate it!

Hugs & kisses,



Kristin said...

Congratulations! I enjoyed learning a few things about mini miniature painting.

PT Dilloway said...

Congratulations. I'm not sure how much good that zenithal priming does. It seems like a lot of work.

Melanie Atherton Allen said...

Congratulations for making it all the way through the A to Z!!! I'm going to have to go back through yours, looking for painting techniques. The one you describe here is, I think, new to me. Sounds like it is a quick way to add some visual complexity and interest!

jabblog said...

Fascinating! Even I could try some of that . . . I'll have a look at some of your previous posts.

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