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Painting metallics

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by Sambaman, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    What are you crazy kids using for painting metallics these days? As most know, I've been out of figure painting for several years, so I hope to benefit from some of your current expertise and see if there are any new techniques for painting realistic metallics!

    Thanks all!
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  2. John Bowery A Fixture

    Scale 75 has a great line of metalic paints sets, one silver and the other gold. They are available from the USA website of "Scale 75" They are water based and thin real well. Just remember that the scale 75 paints are sealed when you buy them and need to be pierced to open them. Their have been known to be disasters from squeezing to hard to get the paint to come out.????????
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  3. Alex A Fixture

    Anything containing fine mica particles.. Heck, you can even make your own paint/s by mixing the particles with acrylic resin (use a mask).
    Printers inks will tarnish over time (if not covered by varnish) since they are real metal flakes.
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  4. storm_zh Well-Known Member

    If you are looking for some water-based acrylics metallic paints, the metallic paints from Scale75 or Vallejo Model Air series (not the Vallejo Model Color series) are very good from my personal experience. The particles are very fine and the finish is smooth. They can be applied using either airbrush or just brush without any problem.
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  5. Red Five Well-Known Member


    My next project will involve silver plated Roman armour showing wear. Airbrush, washed and chipping.

    May post as a work in progress.
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  6. sippog Active Member

    Alclad are great but need to be airbrushed. My recent faves are the Mr Metal range - water based acrylics but can be polished afterwards.
    Mike Fichtenmayer does some great tutorials (see Industria Mechanika site) on achieving old bronze effects with them.
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  7. TERRYSOMME1916 A Fixture

    Hi All I have been messing around with lots of different Metallics but cant find anything that will drybrush on to highlight steel or bronze etc without leaving sparkles all over the already finished parts of the figure leaving me with the additional task of tidying up almost every section to get rid of them, anyone got a system with no sparkles?
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  8. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    Humbrol silver will do the trick Terry , dry brush with a very light touch , works well over the citadel metals
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  9. chailey Active Member

    Check out the 'Molten Metals' range from Darkstar miniatures, seen some superb results from these acrylics!

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  10. colonnello kurz Active Member

    Agama Metallics Paste,is wax based,thinn with alcool ,with a tiny drop you can cover a large area and when dry (dry very fast) you can polish

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