Metallic Green Effect Tutorial

metallic green effect tutorial 40k necron “Join us today to learn how to paint a deep metallic green effect on your wargaming miniatures. This tutorial uses a Warhammer 40k Necron Lord as an example, but is suitable for use on miniatures from a wide range of games. Once you’ve learned how to do this, you can use the same procedure to produce many different coloured metallic effects.  Why not give it a go and let us know how you get on in the comments below.” – Graven Games

This is a technique for a quick and easy way to get a cool metallic finish on miniatures and models.

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Paints: For this example I am using Black Surface Primer, Gungrey and Chrome Model Air paints and Transparent Green Model Colour. All of these paint are from Acrylicos Vallejo’s stunning ranges of model paints and mediums.

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Stage 1: A smooth even coat of Black Surface Primer is applied using an airbrush and left to dry for a few minutes.

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Stage 2: Gungrey is carefully applied from above the model using an airbrush. This allows the paint to catch on upward facing areas creating what is known as a zenithal highlight. This effect cab be achieved with a conventional brush but it will take a lot more time and a lot more planning and thought.

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Stage 3: Repeat stage 2 but with the lighter/brighter Model Air Chrome. This time, concentrate on just catching the very tops of upward facing surfaces. Once again, this part can be replicated using a brush with a bit of time and blending.

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Stage 4: This is the really fun bit. Give the whole miniature a light coat of Model Colour Transparent Green. Initially the colour may appear slightly milky but this will quickly become clear and show the metallic colour beneath is a brilliant green tinted shade.

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From here on it’s really up to you how you proceed. I would recommend some subtle highlights using Model Air Metallics. Of course, you don’t have to use green. Vallejo have a great set of Transparent Model Colour paints on the market and they all give fantastic results and are very easy to use.


author avatar mark Hawkins

Mark Hawkins is a UK based hobbyist and miniature painter. Old as the hills and just as craggy. He started painting models at a very early age and painted his first Citadel Miniature in 1982, An Orc Villager. His working life stretches from a stint at the GW studio, working as a graphic designer for several video games companies and finally settling down to family life and miniature painting in a small village on the Isle of Wight.

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