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    I want to take my painting skills to a higher level and thought that my metal painting could be greatly improved.

    So how can I effectively paint metal(swords, bolters) while not using the drybrush technique.

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    First start to raising your painting level would be to do away with drybrushing. Use a layering technique instead. For metalics I have found you can really set the overall tone of the figure by tinting the metal.

    Basically take your base metal color (usually the darkest color you are going to use). You can apply some watered down black ink if you want to have the added definition to it. Then re apply the base color (if you inked it) leaving the black in the recesses. Next take a very watered down ink wash for the desired color you are looking for. If you want a cold metal look - green, blue, or purple will create a cool look to your figures. Make sure the ink is heavily watered down. You just want a hint of the color and don't want it to over power the metal. Sometimes you need to apply several coats of the ink wash. For warm metals I would probaby suggest an orange ink.

    Next take your lighter metallic color (for example chainmail or even silver) and add some highlights to the top areas of the figure. If it stands out too much re-apply some of the ink wash especially where the two metallic colors come together and it should soften the transition.

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    Thanks for the reply.
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