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I'm in need of some advice. I don't know how to paint my Chaos space marine army.
I like the Iron Warriors scheme, but it's kinda...
standard. like, plain old metal, boring.
but I don't want them to look like there made of plastic. And I want a color scheme to which the green/redish colours of nugle pustules/wounds look great in contrast to eachother.
also, I'm not sure if I should paint my army all the same, or make noise marines Emperors children, and Berzerkers World eaters,
or make one army with specialised units.
Some advice would be apreciated...
If you like the Iron Warriorss, you can always go with the metal scheme, and add lost of rust detailing... This would actually look great with an Iron Warriors of Nurgle conversion... Pustules of corruption on decaying metal.. always sweet.
Also, nothing says you can't add red or black, or some other color to the scheme..
If shaded right, you can make any color look metallic.. (I am not good enough, but have seen results) Khorne Bezerkers Red, Plague Marines Green, etc.. Remember, you are playing CHAOS.. So who cares about the order of things. I have seen Nurgle Armies with Khorne Berzerkers added in the colors of Khorne.. So why not.. Also, because it is a CHAOS army, you really don't need to stick to a color scheme... Personally, I would try to get an oily look on the armor, but not sure how to accomplish this without playing around with the colors and some additives... (Namely a clear oil of some type)
how do I add rust? I have bought Plague marines from Forgeworld, and they all have holes and cuts in there armour. It would be cool to paint them af flesh wounds, with corroded armour arround it.
But how do I get that done??
That's not bad. Call me a purist, but using real rust almost feels like "cheating" to me
There are many, many ways. A few quick thoughts, which have had mixed results (usually positive) when I've done it:
1) Mix Devlan Mud GW wash with Blazing Orange (mixed with glaze medium, if you have it), then paint very thin "stripes" down the sides of a flat object. Looks like oxidation caused when water drips down the same place over and over again. Also looks good trailing downward from rivets.
2) Paint with straight metallics, then wash the bejeebers out of it with various colors. Devlan Mud (brown) and Badab Black (Black... duh!) in the recesses looks nice. Slathering this all over the model can often "dull" the shine of the metallic, too, but I find this effect works best on "bright" metallics like Mithril Silver and Burnished Gold. It doesn't show up well on darker metals like Boltgun Metal and Tin Bitz. Also, use a green wash (Thraka Green) to make a patina, that greenish moldy color metal gets when it's been left out on the elements too long. You should keep a pot of this stuff handy if you're doing Plague Marines, but use it more of a glaze (thin, even coat) instead of a wash, which pools in recesses more.
3) Start with the rust. Begin with GW's Scorched Brown, or mix Scorched Brown with Blazing Orange, and basecoat with that, not metallics. Then, stipple some pure Blazing Orange to give it that spotty, orange rust look. It's easy to overdo that part, so be careful. Less is more. Finally, drybrush with straight Boltgun Metal to make it look like impact/use has scraped the rust off the edges of the metal.
4) (untested) I've been told if you do #3, mix some cornstarch or baking powder into the basecoat. When it dries, it presents a texture that further suggests the appearance of rust. I have yet to try this.
I don't have pictures of #1, but if you look at my WIP thread (links in the sig), my necrons are done with #2. I actually did those with thinned inks, and I believe the GW washes would look even better. For #3, look for the Ork test model in my WIP thread. Check out the I-Beam sticking out of the ground between his feet. Not the greatest shot, but you'll get the idea from it.
painting chromatic colors to appear metallic requires a very difficult to master skill known as "non-metallic metallic" NMM basically it is shading it in such a way that it appears shadows are falling on it at certain angles, an light appears to reflect off it at others..
Simplest is, as you said, mixing metallic paints with "regular" paints, but it might take some time to get the color right. You might consider using inks or washes mixed with the metallics instead, but it's still going to take some experiments to get it right.
You should also consider Vallejo's metallic medium. It's basically got the same shredded metallic "flecks" in it (like tin foil confetti or glitter) that you'll find in all other metallic paints, but no pigment. Add this to your color of choice and voila! There was a thread here a while back where other people talked about their favorite methods of doing this. The search tool is your friend.