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I've been thinking about vehicles, and I had an idea of painting them bare metal.. The trouble is, I think metallics over such a wide area look a bit wierd, and even if I had anything like the skill to do generic NMM across an entire chimera, I think it would look too reflective and shiny.. I don't want it to look like a thousand slaves have polished it daily.

Now, what I want is a kind of matt metallic effect, but I have abseloutely no idea how to achieve this without lapsing into looking like it's been painted grey. Can anyone recommend any tutorials/advice on how to achieve this kind of effect?
 

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do washes over the metalics...

use browns and blacks to weather it.
 

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If you want a matt finish then do not use ink as it is shiny and not what you are looking for. I suggest you look at a method close to NMM - mixing in non metallic paints. Here is what I mean;

For silver - Add in chaos Black for a dark silver, add in codex grey for a subdued silver shade; add in fortress grey and skull white for lighter shades - ie highlights.

This is a method I use with my dwarfs, although I do use inks but only to show the recessess and a final dulling glaze. Works a treat.


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Or you could try painting the whole tank - over a black undercoat - Boltgun metal, highlight the edges with mithril, and then thin down black ink 10 or 15 to 1 with water (add in a touch of liquid soap to break the surface tension), and glaze the whole thing with that. Dull down some of the "metallic-ness" of it, but as noted, will at this stage be quite shiny. But THEN - blast it with some matte finish. Matte finishes tend to really dull-down flake-metal metallic paints - especially Testor's DullCote - and will also remove any gloss from the ink.

I'd test a few of the different methods offered here out on some old models to find the "right" look you want, before beginning the big expensive tank.
 

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Commander Y said:
Or you could try painting the whole tank - over a black undercoat - Boltgun metal, highlight the edges with mithril, and then thin down black ink 10 or 15 to 1 with water (add in a touch of liquid soap to break the surface tension), and glaze the whole thing with that. Dull down some of the "metallic-ness" of it, but as noted, will at this stage be quite shiny. But THEN - blast it with some matte finish. Matte finishes tend to really dull-down flake-metal metallic paints - especially Testor's DullCote - and will also remove any gloss from the ink.

I'd test a few of the different methods offered here out on some old models to find the "right" look you want, before beginning the big expensive tank.
This is excellent advice. I use the testors dullcote and I will agree that a flat varnish takes away the shine of metallics and really does dull them down. I have also found vallejo smoke an interesting "glaze" to try on metals.

Cheers,

-Mike
 

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Id say check out some of the painted GD tanks that are on the GW website for some ideas. Alot have the rusted effect that dull the effects on the shiny metals which could be what your looking for.
 

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Thanks for the feedback all.. I'm going to get 3 Chimeras, so there should be plenty of opportunity for testing out these various things.. Can always respray and start again if I don't like the result. :)
 
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