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I decided to post a little side-thread to my main project of the Space marine. This dreadnought has been in an unfinished state for a good two years and I've been using it as a test-bed for weathering techniques. As I didn't want to over-clutter the Marine's thread, here's the dread and the current progress.
The model after some weathering
Some inks and oil paints to the emblem.
I'm thinking the Techmarine maintaining that ancient and treasured relic should be beaten to death by a herring.
Blais's Paint Studio-Getting broken armies good soft scores since 2009
^lol! Death by herring...
For the weatehring, the black stains and metallic chips where each 'dry-sponged' on. I just used the little sponge that comes in miniature blisters, cut to size a bit. Dab some paint on the sponge and then dab it off on some cloth or paper untill the paint is almost dry and provides a subtly mottled effect and then go to work on the model. The goal is to gently dab it on edges and any surface that's likely to encounter wear & tear. Work gently and build up the effect as large smudges mess up the effect. The dryer the paint the better so you can actually apply gentle pressure where you want. Again, the paint has to be almost dry for the best effect.
Then, the brownish stains were done with some thinned Burnt Umber oil paint, bu gently brushing it on. Oil paint is great for that sort of stuff as it can be handled a long time after applying and just the nature of the pigment and the thinner means it'll produce a specific look.
The thin black outlines were done with heavily thinned black oil paint. The thinner help the black pigment suck itself into every nook and cranny on the model, leaving almost no trace on the flat surface. Again this can be manually touched up very easily after the thinner has evaporated. on metallic surfaces this is also unsurpassable. It beats any normal ink treatment by far in terms of speed, accuracy and controllability, just takes more time to dry before you can move on.
Be sure to spray the model with satin varnish before and after using oil paints. The first layer provides a smooth surface to work on and it improves the flow of the oil paint. The second layer, after the paint dried, seals it for further painting and treatment.
Thanks very much mate, that was a very interesting read. Cheers for taking the time to put it up on the site.
Any herring used to beat a Techmarine to death would surely have to be a power-herring. In order to penetrate the marine's armour Or a lightning-Herring, or indeed a thunder-herring.
After beating yonder techmarine with said herring, you must find the tallest tree in the forest and cut it down... with... a... HERRING!!!
And bring a shrubbery.
Now rerailing, great effect and explanation, but I can't help and ask what the masking tape is hiding?
Marines - All built, 4/5 painted. Tau - 3/4 built, 0 painted. 'crons - 1/2 built, 1/2 painted.
I suck at staying on task.