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What's a good combo to make a rusty color? Does dry brushing add to or subtract from the effect? I'm not much of a painter so I usually dry brush my armies and than clean it up if it needs it, but I'm doing Ork models so rust should fit right in.
Depends HOW rusty you want it.
Boltgun metal with really, really light patches of Tin Bitz drybrushed on, and then washed with Badab Black and Devlan Mud seems to work just fine.
For a really rusty look, go heavier on the Tin Bitz, and wash it with Flesh Wash. This one is really red and intense, so use it wisley,
Wow that was fast.
Red might look nice, I mean the red ones go faster right? ;] I guess I'll have to man up and do a wash for once....
After painting 1,500 points worth of Necrons (and counting!) I've come up with two reliable ways to paint rust in bulk:
1) Basecoat with the metal first, and "rustify" it, using various washes. Yes, you can use the GW washes, but on pretty much any metallic other than Boltgun Metal you might try using regular thinned-down paints to wash with, too. Less "sheen" afterward, and sometimes you get a heavier "rusted" effect, though GW's green wash can do a nice patina.
2) I didn't do this on my 'crons, but it works well, too, and I may use it for my Orks. Basecoat with the "rust" color first, say, Scorched Brown. Then, "stipple" the large, flat surfaces with Blazing Orange. Finally, drybrush Boltgun Metal. This will give the effect of rusted metal that's been banged around a bit, and had the rust scraped off the edges. If you look at rusted metal, you'll see what I'm talking about.
One more thing: If you go with #1, and want to use GW washes, consider mixing your metallics with a darker "regular" paint before basecoating (i.e., Boltgun metal with Chaos Black, Dwarf Bronze with Scorched Brown). This will darken the metal and "mute" the shinyness, making it look more aged. A caution, though: Getting the mix right takes practice (I still haven't perfected it yet myself).
I rather like method #2 myself. I knew a guy a few years back who painted rusted Orks in a manner kind of like that and I really liked how it looked. It kind of gave the army a uniform appeal, yet they were all different because of the randomness of the rust.