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FingersEddie
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Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2007 - 09:52 PM UTC
In my constant search for easy and effective reproductions of armour effects with paint, for miniature figure paintin', I have found another extremely useful resolve.

There maybe some of you guys who use this technique, but i've never seen anyone mention the use of it.

Jus' recently I had a response to a question I posted on another forum about the use of flat colour paint used as a metallic effect.
Well, I jus' made the small leap and thought why don't I mix Vallejo German Camo' Black Brown w/ GW Dwarf Bronze, for a nice dark bronze colour as a basecoat.
Result: it works beautifully, and the pigments in the metallic paint are not compromised.

I then proceeded with highlightin' this mix with a gradual mix of GW Shinin' Gold. Then I blended the colour into the basecoat. No drybrushin'

Please ignore the test subject, its all I had to use; an old Essex Miniatures 25mm horse. The bronze colour is on the right hind quarter of the horse.


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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2007 - 07:22 AM UTC
Great tip, Paul. That aged bronze effect is really excellent!

Thanks mate

Rudi
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2007 - 08:05 AM UTC
No worries Rudi, I thought I may have been statin' the obvious, and makin' myself look stupid.

I've found that the GW metallics are quite thin, and this can serve you well when blendin' them and featherin' 'em.

I've managed to create an effect this way on an old figure, that simulates exactly the painted bronze effects on Elite Miniatures 'Achilles' figure. I used GW Chaos Black w/ GW Tin Bitz, then highlighted and blended with GW Shinin' Gold, and I gotta' say it looks sweet, with a very slight metallic sheen to it.
Nice and dark jus' like the 'Achilles' figure with nice subtle highlights on the raised areas.
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2007 - 02:26 PM UTC
Very useful and effective tip Paul. Much obliged.
FingersEddie
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Posted: Monday, July 09, 2007 - 08:45 AM UTC
Did you guys know that the Vallejo Game Color metallics are much finer and superior, to the Model Color metallics?! I've only read this on a website, and have yet to test 'em out.
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Posted: Monday, July 09, 2007 - 09:00 AM UTC
I am not completely sure how the Vallejo Game Colour metallics are, but the Vallejo Model Colour metallics are quite useless compared to Citadel metallics for example. So it would not surprise me if it is as you say Paul.

The quality of the Model Colour metallics surprised me a lot though, as the rest of the Model Colours are wonderful to work with, especially compared to the Citadel paints.

The only Model Colour metallic I use extensively is the gun metal blue as it is a very cool blue metallic. It is ok to paint with if you dillute it with water and retarder.

Nice metallic effect btw! I have tried similiar things before, but I never get it good myself...

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Posted: Monday, July 09, 2007 - 09:14 AM UTC
Andreas, I know that the Model Color metallics are quite useless. As you say its hard to fathom why, bein' that the rest of the range are superb.

The GW gold and bronze metallics are very thin and a bit too gaudy. They're use and potential lies in mixin' 'em with Vallejo flat colours. They really hold up superbly well, in this case.
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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2007 - 09:24 PM UTC
Here is the cuirass painted. I used GW Tin Bitz mixed w/ Black, and then built up some highlight coats by addin' GW Burnished Gold to the mix.

The final point I will make is that the GW metallics benefit greatly by mixin' 'em with Vallejo flat colours. It not only helps them to look good, but helps with makin' 'em cover better in one coat, even over a black undercoat.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 05:45 PM UTC
Nice effect Paul.

About the gaudiness of some of the GW metallics - I suppose the Citadel logic is that you should apply a wash over it to "tame" the metallic finish (and sell more paints ) for example apply a wash of Flesh Ink over gold or bronze to dampen the shine....

BTW, has anyone tried any of those NMM (non-metal metallic) finishes I've read about? They seem to work ok-ish for minis, but I wonder how well they'd work for larger scale figures?

Rudi