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