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Leather boots SBS (any leather)

Discussion in 'Post Your Own Articles & SBS' started by Gellso, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Gellso A Fixture

    I've had a few requests asking about this SBS as the link in the homepage doesn't work anymore.
    I've been asked to repost it so here it is.

    Leather usually has a slight sheen on it. Semi gloss doesn't cut it and most satins dont give that all important depth.
    The sbs described is for worn leather being used in industrial grimy city debris as will be depicted in the base. I wanted my general to look dishevilled and fatigued and his uniform and equipment showing wear and tear in a quiet desperation kind of way.

    When doing black I never use straight black. If it's worn clothing I drop a bit purple in there. For worn black leather, orange brown or yellow rust seems to do the trick.
    Paints used on the boots are all vallejo.
    yellow rust or orange brown
    german camo beige
    Game ink sepia
    Game ink black

    Step one
    Base colour mix of black and yellow rust.
    By using a rougher primer you can achieve a pebble effect if say you are doing a jacket. But I've gone for a medium primer instead of the super smooth tamiya stuff because I want to give some texture.


    Step two
    Grab some sepia game ink and dilute it to about 10 parts water 1 part ink.
    I then brushed from the top to the ankle seam but did meaningly go over the seam at times and I'll explain why later.
    The ink dries relativley quickly and you need to apply this about 20 to 30 times.
    *IMPORTANT* If you use too much ink to water ratio, the effect is more gloss and ruins the satin sheen you want. It's important to emphasise although it's laborious you really do need to dilute the ink well and use plenty of passes as you get more control.

    When the ink takes longer to dry you know you're getting there and I use a hair dryer to speed things up. Remember to keep stirring the mix because the ink goes to the bottom of the palette dish.
    You can see where the sheen stops in the pic.

    Step three
    Do the same with black game ink but do the bottom part and go over the ankle seam into the sepia sheen. The reason for this is it blends the two colours together gradually and gives that tone fade of light to dark from the top of the boot to the bottom. The bottom part doesn't need so many washes as this is where the wear and tear takes the polish off and you want more of a matt effect.


    Step four
    Grab some yellow rust or oranage brown on a flat brush, wipe most of the paint of onto a rag and drybrush the creases, seams and toe of the boots. This will highlight the seams and creases to give more depth. Do the same with german camo biege but just do the edges of the soles of the boots.
    I will also drybrush a dust/ earth colour on top of the rust colour to tone it down but I will decide on that when I tie it into the base.


    Step five
    Mix some black acrlylic paint with water and pinwash some into the part where the sole meets the leather and where the seams of the leather are to give more depth.
    Also place a small amount on the shadows of the creases to increase depth. I will use black oil paint to do this again once the boots are tied into the groundwork. The boots as they are will be glued to the figure and then weathered some more but I'm hoping you get the idea of the use of inks, drybrushing, shadows and highlights.


    The same technique was used for this Panzer commanders jacket using a rough primer where you can see the pebbled effect:

  2. kaz6120 A Fixture

    Yes! I missed this article for a long time. I love this SBS a lot. Thanks for sharing, Gellso!
  3. Sturm Grenadier Well-Known Member

    Gells, This is an excellent SBS, thanks for sharing. The pebbled effect on the leather is very convincing and realistic, I'll have to experiment with this technique. Thanks again for the tips. Regards, SG:happy:
  4. Nap Moderator

    Hi Gells ,

    Thanks again for posting this ..now in my reference folders with other techniques

    Really top notch SBS

  5. Trex Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the excellent SBS.
    What primer did you use for the jacket?
  6. Gellso A Fixture

    Hi Trex,

    I just used very cheap auto primer out one of the bargain shops.
    You can buy different cheap primers and test them out.

    I would recommend Halfords primer for a smooth finish. You get loads more in it than the Tamiya stuff and it always dries matt.
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  7. Trex Well-Known Member

    Thanks Gellso, I'll try some auto primers.
  8. DEL A Fixture

    Enhance the boot painting experience by listening to the best boot related song ever XenForoThumbsup_zpsb717ef9c.gif

    Although there might be someone out there who prefers 'These Boots Were Made For Walking' :yuck:
    Nap and JonP like this.
  9. Gary D PlanetFigure Supporter

    Nice SBS Grant!! It's a keeper.
    Amazing how when I try to get a smooth finish with a rattle can primer it turns out pebbley and when I try to get the pebbley effect it comes out smooth! :LOL: I know...can't blame it on the rattle can as it's the horse and not the jockey!

  10. CAT of BORDO Member

    Hey Gellso !!
    Thanks for this Great SBS; amazing "Tuto" , Two Bible : SAng Eon Lee SBS, and your " Leather's lesson " ! Muchas gracias Gellso

  11. Wayneb A Fixture

    Thanks Gellso,
    Great SBS......textured effect on the leather jacket looks very realistic. Hard to believe a primer that grainy could come out of a spray can; it's a look I've been searching for.
    Thanks again....very informative..............Wayne
  12. marta Active Member


    Thanks for sharing. Excellent timing:) I guess I'll be using this technique pretty soon.
  13. theBaron A Fixture

    Thanks, Gellso! I, too, have a figure in the works, wearing a pair of riding boots. Your SBS will help me a lot. You also confirm some ideas I had about representing the worn areas on the creases.

  14. Helm A Fixture

    Quality work Grant using it for a breast plate as we speak (y)
  15. Dolf Well-Known Member

    An old thread, I know. But I've just read it and found out a whole lot of great hints. Thanks! (y)


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