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Looking to start a new necron force. Stunned at this Necron army which featured on White Dwarf and also Games Workshop . Wondering how you'd go about painting a rusty Necron army like that.
First off, I'm going to move this into the painting forum, where you're likely to get better responses.
To your question, I can't say for sure what colors he used, but I'll give you a general run-down on the technique, at least the one I THINK was used in the army in the link above:
Basically, you start with your "rusty" color first. Most people say to start with a dark color, such as a brown, or even a reddish-brown like GW's Dark Flesh, as your base coat. That will work, but also consider using approximately (like AAA says, your mileage may vary. Experiment to find the mix you like) a 2:1 mix of your brown (such as GW's Scorched Brown) and Boltgun Metal. This will present a slightly shinier brown, and if you mix it in the right proportions, it will present a muted, dark metal.
Anyway, basecoat with that, then I'd try adding a heavy stippling of Blazing Orange. If you don't know, stippling is like drybrushing, only instead of drawing the brush across the edges of your model, you're hitting the model in a stabbing motion. This will add a "splotchy" drybrushesque effect to flat surfaces (such as the panels on that Monolith, the top of the warriors' heads, etc.), and will overall enhance the rusty, aged look. Be careful not to go nuts here. Less is more, and you can add more later if you feel it's not good enough.
Finally, drybrush with Boltgun Metal. This will add bright highlights along the edges of the model, simulating how wear and tear scrapes away the oxidation. If you look at real rusted objects that have been banged up a bit, this is where you see the shiny metal through the rust.
For good measure, I'd also do a light stippling of Boltgun metal here and there, to show parts that aren't completely rusted out. I think I've seen the WD article you're talking about (something like "How to Paint 1,500 Points of Necrons in One Weekend"), and to tell you the truth, I didn't like his paint job, only because it was too stark a difference. He basically put on a dark rust, then used Mithril Silver as a highlight, in really thick stripes, and only along the edges. To me, this was waaaay too stark, and couldn't have looked any less natural. If you're going to follow his tutorial, instead of finishing with straight Mithril, I'd use Boltgun Metal, with MUCH thinner highlights, then use Mithril Silver in a MUCH more conservative fashion, highlighting only THE brightest parts of the model.
He also didn't stipple any metallics over the rust, so the whole thing looked a little... odd. The point is to create the illusion that the dark part is rusted metal, not just something that is naturally dark. That was his problem: he failed at that. He needed to put just enough metallic paint on the non-edge parts that looked "rusted" so that to the eye, it looked like metal that had gotten corroded over time. Best way to do that, I think, is with a stippling effect. Again, don't go nuts here. Less is more.
To make sure you get this right, don't forget to test this out first on a warrior or something, just to get the technique down, and find the look you want.
Good luck, and post pics in the painting forum!
Thanks a lot! I'm gonna try that out. When I get the army finished I'll make sure I'll post it on the painting section. See ya!
Other technique, best done with an airbrush. the technique comes from the Forgeworld advanced modeling book.:
Pant the entire models metallic and apply the necesarry inkwashed and drybrushes. Next, seal the model with a coat of satin varnish. Let dry
Next, Aplly a good coat of ordinary hairspry, cheapest brand normal type. Allow to dry and when fully dry after half an hour, hour or so.
Then spray on your rust/mould colours, wait untill it's touch-dry.
Then, using a soft brush, dampened in warm water with a tiny bit of ordinary dishwash detergent, softly rub away the paint around the edges, the hairspray underlayer will dissolve with the warm spoay water. This will reveal the clean metal in places where you want. Be sure the brush is damp and not wet.