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Does anybody have any advice on painting a rust effect onto vehicles. I have tried drybrushing and washes with copper but it doesn't look right. Any ideas on what colours look best and the best way of applying them?
When asking a general question such as this it is usually a good idea to do a search on the topic first. This question has come up a few times in the very recent past.
As to your question - Metallics tend to not make very good "rust" like paints. I would stick with browns and oranges. Inks tend to work a bit better because you can stain the area repeatedly to get different effects. I personally use chestnut ink and orange ink.
I have also used a rust patina from a company called Modern Options (do a search and you will find the link) which is a 2 part process that makes real rust. You brush on a iron paste mixture and then a rust accelerant. The rust starts to appear after only a few minutes.
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Here some advice that i gave about 1 week ago, and seemed to solve the problem.
When i paint rust, I use various colours such as dark flesh, blazing orange and bolt gun metal (a few other browns etc, use your imagination), and put the paint on the brush, wipe most of it off and then stab the area with the colour, building it up as you go. All the colours will mix and make a nice rust effect. The technical name for this technique is stippling, but I also use a dry brushing technique as well.
Good luck (Y)
thanks for the advice guys. I am trying to rust up my collection of ork vehicles, so this will be very helpful.