Full Color Metal

Most painters use one of two methods to apply metallic paints to figures:

  • Dry brush metal over black
  • Paint over base coat, then ink

Try out some thing new – paint metals just like any other color by mixing from shade to high light.  These Chaos Warriors are spray prime black with a top to bottom base coat Graveyard Earth (GW).  Armored plates are a 50/50 mix of Graveyard Earth and Chainmail (GW), with high lights of pure Chainmail.

A silver like Chainmail is not much more than a white tone – mix in a brown for grunge or green for corrosion.  While I have not tried it, I would imagine Red and Brass would go together like a bucket of lava.

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  1. #1 by yossarian on January 21, 2010 - 2:51 am

    I tend to start with a mix like 5:1 black:metallic, and slowly build up the highlights by reducing the ratio, eventually layering on just metallic paint. This way, there are more of the “shiny particles” at a highlight than at a recess. I reckon both techniques would work well together!

  2. #2 by Aaron on January 21, 2010 - 11:15 am

    Ive been doing a mix of dry brushing after ink/paint washes, in addition to painting up some silver highlights in a more traditional sense. I like the results on my test pieces.

  3. #3 by Maxstar on February 14, 2010 - 6:17 am

    I guess there’s more than one way to skin a cat. It also depends how much time one has to spend on creating a semblance of metal. The method you suggest is interesting.

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