So I've decided to approach it in the way I would approach any digital or flat painting but research and development.
So what do we paint in gold and why? Shiny stuff. Right. Things we want to look important. Damn right. Because gold (In our little world) usually symbolizes the bad ass king with a big ass sword. So let look at the gold we want to use.
Take this mental son of a bitch Charles-Andre van Loo.
(Download this picture, put it on your iphone, print it out. Its a beauty)
(Which is why the Queen of France in this picture must have been pissed. "Look at that god damn table shining like a motherfucker. You haven't even got my eyes straight!")
There is a downside to trying to copy this palette however. Just look at how complex his golds are.
(DAMMIT LOO! Now that's a spectrum. Maybe he did it on purpose to stop people looking at the face of the queen of France.)
Condensing that down to 28mm scale would ruin most of our days. But Whats going on there that could help.
The brightest colour is no where near white. Maximum is a beige. The darkest colour is mega dark red?! There is green in it.
So maybe something a little simpler. Another master of metals is Charles Le Brun.
Look at this cheeky arse bandits painting. Two types of gold on display here. The celestial pure gold, and the rich earthy gold of the frame. Probably a message there somewhere, sure as hell isn't share the wealth anyway. Look at this guy. Does a perfect face at the top and paints a guy that looks like a bad Michael Cera fan art in the main bit. What the hell dude.
And low and behold. There is bugger all in it! Its all about the placement. Few colours and the right strokes.
Drink hearty lads! for tonight we paint in hell!! (In part II)