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I'm half way through painting a space marine dreadnought and have just remembered a picture I was a while back of a model where the barrel was painted to look as though the metal was hot, as though it had been fired for a while. It was an awesome technique that I really want to try, but I can't seem to get it to look right, I've tried blending the grey into red into orange into white but that didn't look right (but that could be because my blending skills are still pretty sub-standard).
I was just wondering if you guys had any suggestions on how to pull off this technique? and if you have any photos of models using it (I can't find the one I'm thinking of).
Hm. I don't have any pictures of models using the technique, but I know I've taken a few reference photos about the place that may help out... I'll see If I can dig them up...
A gas heater
Exhaust pipes on a motorbike
So I'm not sure if either give you the look you're after, but they might help a little, no? Maybe someone else will have some better ideas...
Paint the barrel boltgun metal then wet it with water and apply some slightly watered down washes of sepia, ogryn and finally blue. try to get these washes in bands coming away from the barrel end like a rainbow. Finally a wash or drybrush of black at the business end of the muzzle will help.
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Just a note about barrels getting hot enough for you to see how hot they really are... Barrels end up bending when they get hot enough that you can see the glow of the metal. This is why machine gun fire is supposed to be fired in controlled 3-4 second bursts, and why barrels are changed out after so many rounds in a given time frame..
An m2-49 saw gunner actually managed to fire his saw at it's cyclic rate and fired so many rounds that when he was done firing, he actually watched his barrel slowly drop 2 inches in a warp. The barrel was deadlined.
What I am saying is, yes this looks cool, but it will also indicate a weapon that is about to be useless.
Also arn't boltguns fired by a small gas propellent and then the rocket ignights outside of the barrel? If so I would have thought heat to be minimum...or are we talking assault cannons?