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Hi folks, my recent attempts at highlighting with a lighter silver have resulted in a just flat out ugly look. Does anyone know any particular steps to do this without uglying up the model ,more so than being painted metalic silver does by nature at any rate.
I have found that Vallejo Model Color Smoke - works miracles at "dirtying" metal. When glazed onto the gunmetal it does not comeout as rust but more of an oily stained look.
If you don't have any vallejo smoke - a similar look can be achieved with light washes (watered down) of brown ink.
If you still want to keep it mostly the metallic shade you can always wash it with a watered down black ink.
I would suggest doing your gunmetal, highlight with the silver, and then wash it with the ink or glaze it with the smoke. If it is too dull you can always go back and highlight up a bit. Another thing to note about the vallejo smoke - you can achieve several different looks to the metal the more you thin it. Start thin and build it up to the color you are looking for.
*beats head off desk*
I suck at washes so badly it's not even funny.
Just recently I found that watering the paint (since this paint is from the starter set of mine, from 2nd edition I think...what ever 89 was) was making my models look alot less ugly (had few blotches in the 1st place, but this made them look alot better)
Suggestions on how to do a wash correctly? Generally I just take one of my smaller brushes, get some heavily diluted brown paint, and poke at the part I need to "wash"
I tend to use Inks for washes, I water it down a little to get a lighter shade of ink. I hated doing washes with the actualy paints, but found inks much easier to use.... Chestnuk Ink is very versitile, I use it to add the "Weather/Rusted" look to metals and they make good contrasts with skin tones too
Hope this helped?
Basically, yes. However the application must be very careful. You don't want to give your whole miniature a brown wash, afterall, only some parts of it.Suggestions on how to do a wash correctly? Generally I just take one of my smaller brushes, get some heavily diluted brown paint, and poke at the part I need to "wash"
Also, have you tried using Chainmail instead of Mithril Silver? Chainmail is lighter then Boltgun and darker then Mithril. Apply it only to the edges and you'll see it works great.
In regards to washes - Inks are usually better than paint because there is no pigment granuals in them. They will usually look smoother. Also if you mix them with a touch of acrylic wax (I use Future Floor Wax) it will cut the surface tension and lessen the "ringing" effect.
I still recommend Vallejo Smoke. It is a regular paint but works like a glaze. When thinned down it is transparent and will show the layer below. It is very cool and has a multitude of uses.