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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-23-08, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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i can never get it right, but how do you paint with metallic paints and make them look good
like hi-liting them and making them look real
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You need to treat them as normal paints. They are very thick though.

Thin them down by nearly half. you may need two coats of the base colour.

Then mix up as you nomally would with normal paints.


Bolt gun as your base colour - mix through to chainmail - mix to mithril Silver.

depending on how detailed your model is you can use as many layers as you like.

Oh I forgot, always paint the metalics over black, and give your base colour a wash of the new inks before you highlight.

You can do a variety of things with washes to give your metal a different tinge of colour, say using blue ink gives it a bluey tinge. But as basic metal use black as the wash.

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yeah, I have found these new washes do amazing things for aging metals. I can even do a good gun-metal blue now. Totally awesome, I reccomend you try at least the brown and black washes, then highlight on top.
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i find that the metal paints dry out really fast in the bottle. Is there a way to stop this and is there a way to re-energize it. i've tried adding water but it doesn't work too well

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Styrofoam I've added water and it works just fine. Perhaps you need to add in more water? Or, my technique is to simply dip my brush in water, then the paint, then to apply it to the model. It will be thinned then.
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As people hae said earlier about the washes, they really are great!
One thing I just found was that they tend to give a subtle matt (de-shining basically) effect which is just what you need in the crevises of metals to give it a more realistic effect.

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