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Well, how would i go about painting a good shade of metal on a flat piece (No Texture To Highlight).
Well there are two ways to go about it.
1. Use metallic paint. I use vallejo game and model colors and for the base color I use boltgun metal. GW should have an equivalent. You can base and then wash it with a watered down black ink. This will pool towards the edges and any indentations. Then go over it again with the base color only leaving the black in those areas. For a super quick weathering method you can paint over vallejo model color "smoke" that will tarnish it up nice. For more complex shading you can apply glazes of color.
2. NMM - Non Metal Metallics. Basically you paint it as if you were painting metal on a canvas. You use shades of grey to give it the appearance of metal. This method is much harder to accomplish and has a few drawbacks. If it is not smooth and the color choices are good it won't look real. Also the light sources tend to be more dramatic will look odd when the actual light source of the room is different. But if done right they can look very striking - especially in pictures (which are 2d).
Hope this is food for thougth!
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I won't comment on NMM, but I can make a few tips for standered metals. First off, I am normally a major Vallejo supporter, but in the case of Mettalics, I do have to admit that GW has better metallics. They are just a bit smoother and richer...(but if you like the Vallejo bottles, the Vallejo mettalics are not bad). The easy way to enrich metals is like Slorak said, with inks. But you can go crazy with differant combinations with inks to produce differant looks. If you are just going for a straight metal, than watered down black ink is fine, but if you want a more worn look, a mix of Brown/Black and green inks make a good wash that appears slightly rusty, but not overly so. Chestnut ink, mixed with other inks, makes the best true brown rust look. Another niftly thing for metals is the use of Tamiya smoke. This should not be confused with Vallejo smoke, for they are 2 very differant things(Vallejo smoke is a brownish ink/glaze, while Tamiya smoke is a black/grey glaze/gloss). Tamiya smoke can be used similary to black ink, and when applied to areas and mixed with a bit of brown ink, can appear to be soot and other such residue. It is very, very glossy though, and even Testors Dullcoat needs a few sprays to cut the shine. For a few more techniques on metals, check out this tutorial(and the site itself is very good to browze for tips) Brushthralls
OK cant help but highlight, I agree with the previous poster, I would stay away from NMM unless you are a good painter, and even then it eats time, so I rarely use it on armies I play with (appart from my deathwing). Also a flat bit of metal with no highlights is not gonna work with NMM
There are 2 basic quick techniques I would use for this if I didnt blend it (which personnal I would:
1. Base coat boltgun metal
2. wash with black ink
3. drybrush boltgun metal
4. drybrush lighter with mithril silver
1. Basecoat with tin bitz
2. drybrush with boltgun metal
3. drybrush lighter with mithril silver
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