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Painting dreadfleet

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Airbrushing metallic paints

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I love metallic paints. I have a large collections of them and have used them extensively ever since I started painting miniatures. Metallic paints are user friendly. It doesn’t require advanced painting skills to get a good looking result.

I followed the following steps:

  1. Prime black
  2. Base coat Plate Mail Metal from The Army Painter. I added some airbrush flow improver, because this paint isn’t made for airbrushing.
  3. Airbrush with the metallic paint in the colour you want. In my case:
    • Model Air Bright Brass from Vallejo for the gaming aids.
    • Model Color Copper from Vallejo (mixed with airbrush flow improver) for the Chaos Dwarf submarine.

For the dwarven steamship I stopped after step 2: Plate Mail Metal. I will detail and highlight the ship in a later phase with a brush. The Chaos Dwarf submarine also needs further brushwork now that it’s painted in copper.

I’m not sure about the gaming aids yet. Maybe I’l drybrush them a bit with a lighter shade of gold or keep them as they are. Then all they need is a coat of gloss varnish.

The technique to put on iron or silver paint first and gold or copper on top, I learned from the 3 Colours up tutorials from Beasts of War. It makes the gold or copper look brighter, than when painting directly on black or brown paint. This is the tutorial: https://youtu.be/EDR6by-h2k8

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