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i am painting my grey knights using a gold/bronze/copper color scheme. but i am not sure how to make them appear ancient. any advice on how to give them that "ancient look"?
Take a look at those, that should give you SOME ideas!!
Bronze, brass and other copper-based rust is green (actually more like Hawk Turquoise).
what should i use then to give them an ancient gold color?
Basecoating with Tin Bitz is a good idea and drybrush with Burnished Gold perhaps.
One thing you can try to do is use various inks and glazes to "tint" the metal and gold areas. This can be a great way to give it an aged "dirty" look.
For gold I would suggest starting with a brown ink wash and as you begin to highlight try a very watered down purple or even green ink.
Mor metals - I have found that Vallejo Model Color smoke is excellent for creating a stained metal appearance. It ends up being more mild than a chestnut ink so it works very well.
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You could put some chinks and stuff in the armor to represent old battle damage. You might want to drybrush with a light gray color for a dusty effect, see pg. 100 in WD 298, It might help.
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you might want to try some drybrush variants of the gold, copper, and bronze. I find that drybrushing is very easy and looks good. My friend drybrushes his necrons completely and the look ancient and awesome.