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Hi, im painting some chaos raptors which have a bunch of breathing hoses/fuel hoses all over them. I'd like most of them to be metal, but im not sure how to paint them. I was thinking either paint them a black base, and then drybrush over the top avoiding the indented ridges to get metal-color just on the very top.
The other way would be to paint it a metal base and make a very liquidy wash of black, which would flow into the crevices, making it metal on top and black in the crevices.
Which is the better way to do it? or can they both work? thanks in advance!
I guess this is really more of a general shading question, but i really dont know any techniques besides drybrushing, i've never really done any armor washes or attempted shading/highlighting, so any other general tips in that area would be helpful as well. As far as how to do them, that is =P
I use a combination of the techniques you mention.
First they are based black along with the rest of the model.
Then I generally try to pick out details that should be metallic with a thin wash of Tin Bitz.
Drybrush it Boltgun Metal.
I'll stress the Dry part of the word Drybrushing, since if the brush is to wet you'll get a mighty thick and spotted result. When you've wiped the paint of on a piece of tissue or what ever, brush it gently against something I often use the tracks of a tanks for this. Keep brushing the "tracks" untill you think there's no more paint left on the brush -then it's perfect for detail work. Just be patient and you'll have a great result.
Once Drybrushed, give it a wash of black/brown (just a little paint and much water) it's way better to repeat this stage a few times than to use to mush paint.
Then you can finish it all of with a Drybrushing using Mithrill Silver or BoltgunMetal.
Based on my limited experience, I think I would follow Andusciassus' advise. The reason is that the metal on these vents shows only at the top edges of the metal parts, the rest is black and drybrushing seems to work great in such situations because it will only cover those edges. The wash will then make it look more worn out.
Hope it works out for you, let us know.
This is pretty much how I did the hoses on my Plague Marines. I base coated the hoses black, painted them Tin Bitz, dry brushed them Boltgun Metal, and then put a Catachan Green/Chaos Black light wash over it to Nurgle it up.
I have a few pics up if you want to check them out - link. They are a bit dark and it looks better in person.
Check out my blog for army pictures and more - The Hogs of War
I find washes look really good on armies that are supposed to look like they, well, "need maintenance," such as nurgle, necrons, other chaos armies, etc. After doing 1,000 points (and counting!) of 'crons I learned that washes MUST be done with patience. DO NOT rush it, especially with inks, or you'll just make a splotchy mess, like I did on many of my warriors. Just like with drybrushing, less is more. Better to do many layers with a small amount. I've also recently learned that layering doesn't take hours upon hours upon hours if you truly make sure you use a SMALL amount for each layer. I mean it. Just enough to leave a slick film on the surface of the model -- you might not even realize anything is there until it dries, but give it a few minutes. You'll find layering is easy and not so time-consuming if you do it right.