Unfortunately, I don't have a photographic step-by-step to accompany this post (though I intend to mend that soon enough). I'm sneaking this post in at the last minute, so instead I'll simply have to write the recipe and show a few old images for inspiration.
My approach to gold hasn't changed in years, and it's a fairly basic sequence; however, I struggled to get this color right until someone kindly showed me two simple tricks: ink with chestnut (I think sepia wash will work just as well), and highlight very gently with a mithril mix. On the odd chance that you have another approach and might find this one worthwhile, or you are otherwise struggling, I've stuffed the recipe in below.
This figure, by the way, was created in a "create your own chapter" contest quite a few years ago. His chapter was called the Sons of Caedmon, and the celebrated a very brief but glorious moment in my own personal spotlight. The kilt thing, I must confess, never really took off.
I start with a generous base of Shining Gold. This color gets gummy quick, so I try both to be careful, and to be certain that I get good coverage. If the mixture gets too thin, the color tends to run all over and cover poorly, so there’s a bit of a balancing act going on here.
I generously wash the gold base with Chestnut Ink (although I think a generous layer or two of Sepia would have a similar effect). If I want to muddy or darken the mixture, I can add some Brown Ink to the stew.
Once dry, I highlight this with Burnished Gold.
If I want a bit more sparkle, I will add another highlight with just the smallest drop of Mithril to the Burnished Gold. I’ve said this before, but just a drop will do the trick. Mithril will overwhelm the gold pretty quickly, and I generally don’t like to lose the rich, golden tones that the ink establishes. Too much Mithril will make the coloring look too polished in my humble opinion. So the idea is to brighten the Burnished Gold without losing its inherent golden hue.
p.s. I just wanted to drop a quick tip for a brand new blog that's come to my attention. Wyatt is a top-notch individual that I met at AdeptiCon earlier this year. I wrote a post some time ago that focused on his tremendous Space Wolves army here, and I can already tell that he's upped the ante considerably from the project he has started. Have a peek. Tremendous.