One thing I am trying to do with these Tau models is work on my Object Source Lighting (OSL) effects without using an airbrush. I've gotten to the point where I am no longer impressed by OSL effects done by quick shots of the airbrush. Additionally, it never looks right. It never looks glowy. It looks like a shot from the airbrush.
As you can see here, doing the glow effects with an actual brush gives you a lot more control and you can direct the path of light better. I certainly need more practice but I feel like I am getting better every time.
I interpret POP as that there is strong contrasts somewhere between light and dark colors. I think I have a decent range of values on the fig but I have avoided complimentary colors completely. I've kept everything rather cold, which is why he has a warm base.
Mind you, he isn't complete. Some areas (the rifle butt, the holster and pistol) have been left with a simple basecoat.
|Keisotsu Butai with combi-rifle|
Also, how would you achieve pop on a model like this, without severely altering the paint scheme?