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Right, so I'm really quite new to painting the whole modelling scene. I am starting an army of Dark Elves, and I'm interested in drybrushing the chainmail. However, I'm not too sure how to approach the drybrushing. I understand the essence of it (taking paint onto the brush, wiping most of it off, and running the brush across the armour lightly so that it sticks onto the raised parts) but for some reason I'm finding problems, as it's seeping into the crevices, which is obviously not intended. xD So, does anybody have any advice on how to go about this properly? And if I'm doing something wrong, could you please tell me what it is so I can fix it? Thanks. ^^;
Drybrushing can be tricky starting out. If you're having paint seep into your crevasses, there is probably too much paint on the brush. Try getting more off by continuing to wipe your brush down so that there is very little on the brush. At this point, brush the raised portion of the model with your brush. You may have to do so several times, and with pressure, to get the paint where you want it properly, but it should come out better. Hope this helps!
Ahhhh. Alright. That's probably it then. I keep looking at the brush and feeling like there isn't enough there, but then I look at pictures in the DE Army book and they have next to nothing on it. xD I'll try that. Thanks.
In my opinion drybrushing really has limited use and tends to not look all that great unless you really know what you are doing...
As mentioned already... wiping off the majority of the paint to where there is hardly a trace is the way to go... From the sound of it - you probably still have too much paint on your brush.
Another method you could use which should give you good effect - and in my opinion is actually easier than drybrushing...
Paint the chainmail silver or any metallic you like... and then wash it with black ink. The black ink will go into the recesses and give you definition. If you want to keep the ink wash light you can always water it down some.
Drybrushing can tend to look uneven if you don't get consistant coverage over the model. I personally tend to reserve it for rough surfaces such as stone - where an even coverage is not necessary.
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Another good point of advice: don't drybrush everything.
If you have overlapping scales, try drybrushing just the edges. Chainmail, very light dusting, with larger and smaller spots of exposed undercolor.
Also, consider base color other than black. Dark brown with mithril silver brushing can look like ground and rusted metal, while drybrushing atop gold can look like gleaming highlights.
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I used to have a lot of problems with drybrushing when I first started painting fantasy models. What I like to do is called Overbrushing, basicly its the same as drybrushing but you leave more paint on the brush.
The way I do it, I open my paint pot and instead of painting right away I let it sit for about five minutes so the paint drys in the pot a little bit and thickens up. then dip the very tip of your drybrush into the pot and wipe the paint off of it onto a sheet of paper. When most of it is off run the brush over the raised metal on the model.
As for my dark elves I like to use a mix of armor colors from chainmail to brazen brass and dwarf bronze.
Get a brush you don't like too much, put paint on it, wipe most of the paint off. Now pretend it's a feather duster, more violent. Be reckless! Also, you might want to go like this for chainmail:
Boltgun Metal drybrush
Chainmail Metal drybrush
Chaos Black verydrybrush
And then black ink if you really want, but it should look nice as is. Don't use a lot of black, and add some bronze if you want it to look rusty.
Don't use a paint too thin and dont have too much paint on the brush. I test on my finger to see if it is right, if a heavy drybrush gets paint into the grooves in my fingerprint then there is too much paint.
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Oh, goodness, so much good advice. xD Much love, guys. <3
Slorak, I like your advice, actually. Does it give the same effect as drybrushing? I had a bad experience recently with Black Ink (got everywhere x.x), but it does sound a lot simpler than drybrushing, albeit more waiting time (unless I'm off there too? Dunno). How much ink would you recommend? Just a single coat, or thicker?
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First thing, thin the ink properly (a mix of liquid detergent with a little water is what you want to use for that).
Second, if a single coat is too thin, you can always add a second. If it's too thick, you're screwed.
Third, with inks it's even more important to not overload your brush. Touch some porous, liquid-absorbing material (like a piece of paper tissue) with the brush to absorb the excess ink from the brush. Then apply what's left to the model.