Looking good on the tabletop vs looking good up close
I'm showing off these werewolves as they are part of my attempt to improve my models at "tabletop range" while perhaps decreasing how good they look up close. This is because I am applying my 15mm techniques to 28mm.
These werewolves (not at all inspired by my wife forcing me to see Underworld: Blood Wars) are painted using my 15mm methods. Most people with 15mm models know the basic premise - use much brighter-than-usual colours, use a limited range of colours, and use aggressive and distinct highlights that "pop". The other thing I use for 15mm vehicles is kinda reverse-highlighting.
E.g. traditional technique is to paint the model a darker shade, and edge a model in a brighter tone, with a strip of lighter paint on the edges; as per this spaceship and warjack:
However 15mm reverses this technique - as per these IFVs:
It kinda works like a wash - by leaving the cracks and crevices and edges in a darker colour, it accentuates them. In my opinion, it looks better at tabletop distances (i.e. a metre or so).
Traditional edging: basecoat dark, then a thin strip of light on the raised edges.
15mm style: basecoat dark, then do all flat surfaces light, leaving edges, nooks and crevices dark.
So I decided to use very strong contrasts, and highlight whole chunks of my werewolves with big chunks of a much lighter tone.
I wanted the muscles to be contrasted, so I did a dark wash before applying a highlight to the muscles.
Anyway, hope this helps someone. As usual, I used only a few coats:
1. Base colour (i.e. dark brown)
1(a). Optional wash to make it contrast more
2. Highlight colour (i.e. light brown) applied across large/flat surfaces
2(b). Optional wash to make it contrast less
3. Add in highlights in bright colours (bone for teeth and claws, red tongue)
I don't think any model used more than 6 colours. No surface had more than 2 coats and a wash.
It's quick and looks quite good at tabletop range, whilst perhaps being a bit lacking up close. But that's fine with me - I spend most of my time with models on the table 3 feet away, rather than holding it up to a jeweler's loupe.
So I reckon 15mm-style-for-28mm works, especially for otherwise bland models in muted colours. As usual, the intent is not to teach your granny to suck eggs - I know I am strictly average as a painter - but instead to inspire fellow average painters to experiment.