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I'm building some canal sections for my warhammer 40k terrain, and I've added some partial barrels that are floating in the sludge of the canal. I'd really like to make the barrels look rusty around the water line but every approach I have come up with looks terrible. If anyone has any suggestions or experience painting rusty metal I would appreciate the help.
I am not too skilled as far as painting but I used watered down brown ink from GW over boltgun metal gave a nice rust look. I am sure the new brown wash would give the same effect.
Hi there. I have been painting plenty of rust the last few weeks. You can see some of the effects Ive done on my Warhound Log (Iron Warriors Warhound FW). What I have been using is MIG pigments, there definately worth the investment if you intened to paint lots of rusts in the furture.
Before purchasing the pigments I used to use a mix of blazing orange, dark flesh and tin bitz. to produce varying oxidations.
I think its about time I stepped up and did a tutorial on this.
I like to use brown and/or chestnut inks to make the metal look dirty and then stipple orangy-brown paint into the ink while it's still wet. This works best in little patches and gives a quite natural look to the rust.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
I use flesh wash straight on to boltgun metal. Gives a nice rusty effect weith no effort what so ever so works for me. Only thing is not to get carried away with the amount you use. Less is better.
stipple dark flesh below the waterline, do a couple of layers. just cake it on a bit without covering the basecoat completely.
then stipple on (lightly, its a highlight sorta) fiery orange, giving the illusion of ther iron oxide becoming so thick its starting to peel.
Now do a wash with devlan mud all over the parts of the barrel that is below the waterline.
Leave an unwashed band right where the waters edge would be, giving the illusion that the barrel has been in there a while, and the water has evaporated a bit since it's started to rust.
(just a millimeter or so)
for an added layer of realism, stipple on the barrel's color just ever so slightly over the "dry" rust, making it look like the rust has started to peel the paint off as it creeps upwards.
If the barrel looks like it should rub up against anything hard, hit it with a Very light drybrushing of a metallic color, so it looks like the rust has been banged up, showing fresh metal underneath.
Try not to overdo the rust-highlights, it's very easy to ruin the effect..
I find that drybrushing the metal areas with tin bitz first and then with boltgun metal works. You can then give them a brown ink wash. After that you can decide if you want them to get more metal or if they are rusty enough already.
Inks/washes are good (Devlan Mud FTW!) if you're looking for a "dingy" look, like metal that's lost is lustre.
If you're looking for a total rust color, as in, not looking like metal at all, I think a good way to go is to start by painting the entire barrel the rust color (brown and/or a burnt orange color), then painting on boltgun metal. Sounds backwards, but if you drybrush it on, then gently stipple with the drybrush, you'll get a "pockmarked" look that is part metal, part rust color. Naturally, you'll put more boltgun on the higher parts of the barrel, less and less the closer you get to the sludgeline.
Fantastic advice Arachnid, thanks.
I've tried just using washes and had good luck with them for most applications. For this application I need to fade from the rust to the color of the barrel and they just weren't working for me. I'll try arachnid's approach and see how that looks.
Browns and oranges are great paint colors to use to create rust. Inks usually have a stronger pigmentation than paint so can be great for things like rust.
However if you wanted to go with other non paint products another option to what danjones recommended is a product from Modern Options. It is a rust patina that consists of liquid Iron flakes and a solution that rusts the iron flakes. It is an interesting product because it is not uniform in its appearance and is a little bit more lumpy giving it a nice texture.
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