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Up until now, now main painted armies have no metals whatsoever. For this reason, I have struggled when trying out some paint schemes for my IG. The problem is metals. This is how I did mine:
Paint the weapon with a basecoat of black, apply a coat of Tin Bitz. Paint over with Boltgun Metal, leaving the recesses. Wash once with Devlan Mud and once with Badab Black. Highlight with Chainmail.
However, this leaves it looking just... too shiny. The rest of the model isn't highlighted to excess, just smoothish blending up, but your eyes automatically focus on the metals because they're so shiny. While I don't quite think I have the patience for NMM, how do I get metals looking realistic and gritty, not cartoon like?
I'll post a pic later, but if anyone had any (picture) tutorials up their sleeves that would be much appreciated.
If the hilight is too drastic, try mixing boltgun with chainmail to dull the chainmail a bit.
Also you might try just hilighting back up to boltgun. After all the washing the boltgun will be muted all over so just picking out the top edge with a fresh line of bolt gun ought to do it for you.
The way i generally do my Silver Metals (quickly) is:
Start with a base of Scorched brown,
Drybrush boltgun metal,
Mix badab black & Delvian Mud wash together and then wash
Highlight with a mix of Bolgun and Chainmail.
Then a highlight of chainmail if i can be bothered.
The way i do my gold is:
Tinbitz & Brazen Brass (50/50.) Leaving the Tin bitz in the dark recesses
Brazen Brass, again painting a little further away from the recesses
Brazen Brass & Shining gold (75/25.) and again painting a little further away from the recesses
Then highlight with
Brazen Brass & Shining Gold (50/50.)
Into that mix in a touch of Mithril silver and then just keep adding Mithril Silver untill you get up to a highlight you're happy with.
Last edited by Lord Borak; August 18th, 2009 at 14:52.
I actually used Americana Lamp Black, and true silver.
I mixed them to my version of boltgun metal, and found that it still looks metallic without being too shiny.
Then just edge with the silver...
Use GW mithril silver and mix with their black till you have the color you like... The black removes the shininess by separating the metallic flakes in the paint.
Unless I want a shine, I always drybrush metallics. Boltgun can give you a very dull look if you drybrush thinly and build up. A heavy black wash will also take off the shine - I made a super-heavy black wash for areas where drybrushing isn't possible but I don't want a shine..
A paint wash (very thin black paint works wonders, I also usually mix metallics with regular paints to dull them down a bit. Mixing chaos black with boltgun metal would be a good alternative to tinbitz and you could just add black to the tinbitz.
Mixing the paints is what I would do. I mean, you can mix every other kind of paint to do highlighting normally, there is really nothing essentially different about metallic paints.
If you have too much contrast, or if you think your highlight layer is too light, mix some of your darker color over it instead.
If you want to try and do an even darker color, you could highlight with just boltgun. Because you've inked the color underneath, it will be lighter, and it might be light enough to be a strong highlight for you.
And, yes, if you want to fix something that is already too shiny, glazing will help quite a bit. Just thin down a paint with water (or matt medium if you prefer) and apply it over the area like a wash or an ink. It will darken all of your layers, and help the blending between them a little.
My Iron Warriors were painted similarly, Tin bitz, boltgun, then a heavy brown wash.
Im tempted to say dont use paint for the silver! Stay with me on this one, paint the model scorched brown, then shave a soft pencil and rub this with a finger all over the model, this should give a gritty silver appearence.
I avoid drybrushing metallics. Ultimately, they always look like drybrushed metallic paint rather than a thing that is made of metal.
I think your best bet is to highlight the colors as if there is no difference between these metals and any other color (mix the base color with your highlight color and do a fade upward).
Also, there are any number of glazes that you can use to darken the area up a bit. Thin down any of your paints and go over the metal areas to add some depth.