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Hi I've been painting my High Elves helmets and the metallics are coming out a bit well plat and dull compared to the picture on the box, its just really flat and lacks shine, plus it has some little tiny spots in the paint.
Try brown/sepia with a hint of green in it to do gold. Chestnut or old brown inks are excellent for this too, if you can get your hands on them.
Try brown and blue mixed (with just a hint of black) for silvers.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
Hey there again Dark Sun.
Let's see now, I almost alway's start off my metallics by watering them down. I honestly can't stand drybrushing, and I alway's water down the thicker-than-normal metal paints to a solid wash consistancy before painting over the whole area I want to work with.
Then I pretty much follow Paint Monkey's advice, I apply a wash. For silvers [what your asking about I believe], I'll most likely start with a base of chainmail, followed by a slightly thinned wash of badab black before leaving it to dry for a bit. I'll then go back over it again with thinned chainmail [never thin it so it washes or the like, just a word of warning] so that you get a solid layer of bright silver with some darker silver shadow's. If I want to go all out on a champion or the like I'll pick out the very raised details with some Mithril Silver.
How are you painting them at the moment? If we had more of an idea on what your doing then we'd be able to help more : )
Best word of advice with painting as well, once you start to doubt if it doesn't look good or not, hold it on your open palm at arms length. That's the distance most people are going to see it from and many many mistakes I've beat myself up over are invisible at this distance.
Are you shaking up your paints before you use them? I find that the aluminium or silver flakes in metallics can settle to the bottom of the pot meaning less metallicky goodness at the top.
Watering down the paints can also accelerate the rate at which the flakes settle tot he bottom.
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The best thing you can do is post pictures of what you are having problems with.
Generally, unless you have a faulty batch, or something similar, your paint should be fairly thick, but flow fairly well, straight out of the pot.
It is best to thin it down somewhat, when applying a basecoat.
Then comes the tricky bits.
Basically, when you start using metallic paints, you are adding another dimension to the usual "light-dark" spectrum. Rather than simply working with light-dark, you are now working with dull-shiny as well.
To get the most out of this, you want to use washes over a basecoat, to dull down your shades (ie: the dark areas shouldn't be reflecting light, and thus shoudn't be shiny); then use mixes of metallics and non-metallics to work back into your mid-shades (giving a slightly shiny finish); then finally use pure metallics (especially bright ones, like Mithril Silver) on your highlights, to give them a full-on shiny glint.
If you have lumps and bumps on your model, it is probably a good idea to make sure your brushes are thoroughly cleaned after each painting session, and that you aren't storing them somewhere dirty/dusty.
Without pictures, though, it's hard to know what might be wrong.
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