Finally a use for all these metallic paints I've been collecting!
Greetings Fellow Wargamers!
Caleb with White Metal Games here! And today I have a short and sweet tutorial for you!
Over the years I've had plenty of chances to work on heat distressed metal effects.
I've tried pigments and weathering powders, such as on this Custom Big Mek Stompa, below.
Adeptus Soritas Knight.
has their advantages, but a thought occured to me the other day . . .
why not use metallics to represent distressed metal? I have all these
pearlized paints from my early airbrushing days just sitting around . ..
why not put them to good use!
So, here's how this works:
Prime black, then basecoat with a gunmetal type color. I used Vallejo Model Air Gunmetal for this. Bear
in mind when using metallic airbrush paints, the metal flakes will
often clog the airbrush, so thin the mixture down slightly and be sure
to clean the airbrush well after use to avoid any dried metallic flake
left over in any component of the airbrush.
lay down some Red Metallic. I used Createx Pearlized Red. It's a
bright bold, red! Createx makes some great airbrush paints, and why
they aren't used by the wargaming community more is a mystery to me.
before, be sure to leave some of the underlying color shining through.
Airbrushes are great for blending, since the outer edges of the spray
cone are by default a thinner spray that your targeted area. So just go
light on the end and you should be fine.
apply some Blue Metallic. Guess what I used? Createx Pearlized Blue.
10 points if you guessed it. In the background you can see a heated
metal picture of a car engine I used as a reference point for this
tutorial. To see an actual example of this effect in action, see the
up gun barrels with a slight heat effect is a wonderful way to add a
little color to a normally otherwise dull part of most models. Imagine
Tanks and Cannons with heat distressed barrels trundling around the
battlefield. This is an easy way to distinguish your favorite vehicles
without spending a great deal of time or energy on the project.
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PS: No sooner had I finished this tutorial then I came across this incredible video tutorial
by Savage Forge Minis. His tutorial is slightly different than mind,
including the good idea to add some soot to the weapon tip. I guess
great minds think alike. Way to go guys! Be sure to check out all
their fabulous video tutorials while you are watching the above vid.
Until next time, put your Minis Where Your Mouth Is!
Caleb, White Metal Games