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Ive got myself a few tanks for my Iron warriors, and am having difficulty painting the metal on them. Painting it on the troops is a breezem as there are lots of areas for the ink to run in to, and the ink is a key part of my scheme as it makes the metal nice and dark. However, tanks have alrge flat areas on them, and the ink will never sit easily, and my painting techinique i use for my troops doesnt seem to work without it looking messy. Here is the technique i use forthe metal my troops.
Basecoat tin bits
Heavily drubrush boltgun metal
Drubruch again Bltgun metal.
Drubrush Mithril silver VERY lightly.
Wash all metal areas with a 50:50 mix of black and brown ink.
So, i was wondering if anyone had any hints on how to paint nice dark metal on large flat tank plates.
Thanks in advance.
Mix of 50/50 black ink and water with a drop or two (depending on how much you make) of 'ard coat gloss.
I do the same for my troops, but I use boltgun paint on them. What happens is the black gives a dark metal look to the boltgun and the gloss, while making the ink run better, also give a very slight sheen to the finish which makes it look like dark metal. Take a look at my blog for examples. Now, none of my tanks in there have this effect but the troops do (I need to upload more pics). When applying the wash to the tanks, I run my brush from the top down to create a streak effect (because you will leave brush lines) and this looks like a black chaos taint streak across the metal.
i think the surface tenson is one of the main problems when using inkts on large flat areas; I would search for ways to reduce it.
THings i read that could be used:
alcohol ( like rubbing alcohol; denaturated menthanol)
special surface tension reducers additives for paints.
when you say soap, do you mean hand pump soap? Thanks for Replies.
yes, that is the most handy one, or else dishwasher soap. generally one that disolves easely and completely. best be carefull with the amount you add. i would experiment a bit with it and slowly add small amounts first.
You might want to try using automotive winsheild washer fluid to thin your inks.
It is both alcohol based, and a soap. I find it works rather well.