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    Default Help with stone look.

    I am rebasing my forgeworld bloodthirster. Cleaning up the model a bit had for it years as I’m getting ready to part ways with khorne army. So picked up bigger base and trying to do a worn stone look. That ties in with rest of the army, as I finished rebasing them in a leaf litter look, of reds and green tones with purple under tones.

    To get the look I primed it with gray than added shadows with black.
    did a oil dot wash with reds browns and greens
    when it was still tacky to touch I began dry brushing skin tones and gray tones over some of the titles
    did a few in blue to add contrast
    use green slime from AK and brown pigment to add depth and still water.

    but not 100% on stone look.

    I botch marbel every every time I tried so skip than figure I go with stone.
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    I think the main issue is that each slab is a fairly uniform colour, with a few exceptions (and they're the more effective ones). Maybe add some more variation within each individual tile. I painted a stone golem recently and cocked up the dark washes by adding washing up liquid (as an attempt to help it flow better). A load of it ended flowing uphill and gave a great effect but nowhere near what i was looking for!! It could work well here but probably not if you're using oils

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    Thanks, at least you got a good effects from a mess up. Unlike when I tried a marble and effects it was like giving a 5yr one of those spin wheel painter things.

    Now that’s it dry I can play around with different washing effects. Or go over some of titles in different color weather powders.

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    I was just about to write try some pigments to weather the stone with but you beat me to it. At least the nuances the pigments will give the stone should break up the blocks of colour a little. I think the dark blue and grey stones throw it off a little.....but that's just my two cents worth.

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    The more I look at the more the dark blues and gray do throw it off. I was trying to add depth brake it out, but it’s too much. Maybe pigments will off set it, or other technical paints might help.

    but yeah going to let sit few more days than go back to with clear though process

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    This is an Ainsty stone floor I painted.

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    I used artists’ acrylics, but never mind that.

    After priming I flooded the floor with a wash of transparent very dark brown to emphasize the cracks and to give a warm undertone to the rest of the paint.

    When it was dry I mixed a series of greys from two colors, a medium blue and a chestnut brown, lightened with pure white. I dry-brushed them over the paving stones, deliberately varying the grey from warm to cold with a little more brown or a little more blue.

    Then I lightened the greys and drybrushed a little more to bring out the texture.

    For stone, drybrushing seems to help bring out the appearance of a crystalline texture. Using several related but subtly different colors keeps it looking natural.

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    Thanks, I going to give that try on my other stone bases.

    what type of inks do you use? I seen few brands. I though would look good. Wasn’t sure how they would work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaun5603 View Post
    Thanks, I going to give that try on my other stone bases.

    what type of inks do you use? I seen few brands. I though would look good. Wasn’t sure how they would work out.
    I find acrylic inks tend to dry glossier than I would like, so I haven’t used them much.

    Golden has a matte line of “fluid” acrylic paints (They are nothing like as fluid as hobby paints, but are softer and more liquid than tube acrylics.). I used their burnt umber for the cracks and mixed ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, and titanium white for the stones.

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    The secret to stone? Wet into wet. After all, that's how real stone is made. Try watering down some charcoal grey & dabbing an old toothbrush in it. Point it at your piece, & drag your finger across the bristles. You'll get lots of nice texture this way. Do it again with an almost-white grey. It will all run together, giving you some very natural-looking marbling. If you keep things mostly dry, you'll get more of a granite look. When it strikes you as, "Whoa, that really looks like real rock," stop. Stop right there.

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