Life around here has been busy. Really busy. I hate it when real life gets in the way of painting my little army men – or gets in the way of photographing them, and writing about how I paint them …
Which brings me to the topic of this article – Painting metals.
Painting metals can be incredibly slow, painful and time consuming – doubly so if you go in for Non-metallic metal techniques. On the other hand, if you just slap down some metallic paint, then the natural shininess reflects the light, and it doesn’t look half bed. … But something is still missing – the shadows aren’t filled, and the metals look flat.
Simply adding a wash makes some improvement, but still the shadows are in the wrong places, and the sheen has been lost form the metallic paint.
This Article is about quick and dirty. I knocked it together in an hour or so, ’cause – as I mentioned above – life has been unspeakably busy lately. I am not going to teach complex non-metallic metal techniques, or even NMM based metallic techniques. For those, read something by Ghool
What I am going to cover is a few of the more popular metals, and how to achieve a better than table top effect in a very short space of time with some small refinements of simple techniques you have already mastered.
Do Not Use your Kolinsky sable brushes for painting metals. The mica flakes that give the paint its shine will eat natural fibres. Use a synthetic brush. The P3 range is pretty good for this.