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When trying to make metal parts of miniatures a different color than the metallic paint you're using(I'm mixing Gunmetal and Blood Red) how exactly do you do it? I'm not sure if you're supposed to mix them together and then paint them on, paint the metallic on and then the non-metallic, or paint the non-metallic before the metallic. I've also heard that you're supposed to drybrush on metallics. Would I still do that in this situation. I'm really new to painting miniatures, so any help would be appreciated.
Mostly it depends what effect you are trying to achieve. My friend mixes the colour into the silver and that looks alright. I think I would paint the silver then glaze the colour over, may not work very well but thats where I would start.
Hope it helps, play round a bit till you get the look you want tho.
The only time I've done this is when I wanted a bluish-metal sword. I just mixed the blue and the metallic paint (I think it was boltgun metal and either Ultramarine or Ice Blue) and then painted that on, and it worked out alright. So it is possible to do it that way.
It's possible that the glazing would give you better results, though, but I haven't had a chance (or perhaps the patience!) to try that.
For mixing colors with metallics I've had good experiences with using inks instead of the regular color. It does have less impact on the metallic shine while still providing a strong coloration.
It ain't easy bein' green... :-)
Yes - inks are REALLY great, but GW does not make them anymore, but there are many other manufacturers that do. They are much harder to control than the washes (the washes are exceptional at what they are designed to do - fill in recesses and provide shading.)
You will definitely have to experiment a few ways, but like the others above and drybrush technique with the metallic over the base color can be really easy and give you the right look (maybe) and if you are new to painting, the drybrush technique is very easy to master and a must to learn!!