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Can some post a guide or links to a step by step guild to painting swords. I am having problems making them look nice. I ussually end up just painting them steel or silver.thanks in advance.
Well I do Imperial Chain sword teeth only in silver and Power swords a silver with a dry brushing of metallic blue. Space Marine Force weapons are silver with a heavy dry brush of gloss purple. Power fist are done as flat black with dry brush of metallic blue. lightning claws are done the same way as power swords. My ork Choppas, and big choopas are metallic grey. Without knowing what exactly your painting I really can't advice. I have seen Eldar power weapons done with a neon green. I have also seen bright red, purple, and so other wild colors. Like teal.
Last edited by jammer397; February 26th, 2010 at 09:38.
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Try putting a first coat of boltgun metal. Use about 1 part water: 4 part boltgun metal. You want a watery mix that doesn't cover a lot.
Then slightly add some chaos black in the mix. The mix should still be watery enough so you can easily do a nice gradient by adding several coats (around 3-4).
Each side of the sword is divided in two, what I often try to achieve is a gradient from blackish gray to gray on one side and an inverse gradient on the other side. This also creates an instant gradient from the two blade side also. Don't be afraid to add more black to the mix as you put more coat. You want to have a flashy unrealistic gradient. If you messed up the brighter part of the sword (it's too dark), use a mix of mythril silver and boltgun metal to highlight it.
I added an image of what I meant.
Last edited by dapredator66; February 26th, 2010 at 14:00.
BIGphil22X - Its for WH fantasy VC army. I just want nice looking swords on the more elite models.dapredator66 - that is sort of what I am looking for.
Paint them Boltgun Metal and highlight them through Chainmail and all the progressive stages of silver until you reach Mithril Silver, which should just be on the edges. Unless you want them rusty, in which case a simple coat of Mithril Silver and then Brown Ink will do you if you're not going for anything special. I don't know of any simple way to make them reasonably shiny or at least burnished short of simply drybrushing them, which doesn't look too good.
Demon thank for the Idea. That would work great for the regular Skeletons to make their swords look rusty.
Another way to paint regular swords would be one of a couple ways that i have done it.
1) Bolt gun metal the entire blade. Badab black wash across the blade. Mithril Silver along the edges, and any scratch marks you might wish.
2) Using Reaper Paints. Blackened Steel as a shadow, Tarnished Steel as a base color, Pale Silver as your highlights.