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    Almost one year ago I've started to collect my SM army. I've an idea to have army on Drop Pods instead of Rhinos. The most important thing was that I wanted to have a 'real' looking pods, which wasn't an easy thing because of the lack of drop pods in real life. There was only one pod in SM Codex (white Scars), which looked quite nice, but I've got an idea to push weathering and battle damage to the next level. With brush and paints I've started to develop my pods. In this tutorial I'll only write about 'rusty gold' because many people ask me how have I done it.

    I've used following paints and brushes:
    Chaos Black (Spray)
    Scorched Brown
    Shining Gold
    Mithril Silver
    Devlan Mud
    Badab Black

    Citadel Large Brush
    Citadel Drybrush Medium

    All products came from GW range. Of course you could paint it with Vallejo etc. It's up to you.

    In one of the GW books there was introduction to the stipping method and looking at my effect I must admit that it's the same method. I've prepared this tutorial while painting my Razorbacks, but the method could be adapted to any model. Especially for tanks and pods.

    After the basecoating with Chaos Black spray I've mix Shining Gold and Scorched Brown 1:1 and cover the whole area. Large Brush was used. Next step is to give two coats of Devlan Mud wash on the entire area. On the bottom of the elements and in all recesses you can also put some Badab Black wash.

    When all of the washes dry we can continue our painting. Now the entire process will go very fast. Take a little bit of Shining Gold paint on Medium Drybrush and start drybrushing on sheet of paper. Leave almost all of the paint on paper.

    When you got almost dry brush start to stipple paint on the element. Leave some space of the clear area to achieve good looking finished effect.

    Next step is a mix of Shining Gold with Mithril Silver 3:1. Follow the same steps written before. One important difference is to begin painting with new mix at the half of the previously painted element and follow in the upper section.

    If you like the effect you can stop here, but if you would like to give more contrast you can stipple pure Mithril Silver.

    And that's it.


    In some of the cases it's good to add stains. They look pretty cool on the model. Look for recesses and bolts and vertically paint stains. Below you will find effect of my work while I was painting Land Raider Crusader.

    To achieve this effect I've used following washes (in order of painting). All came from GW range.
    Gryphonne Sepia
    Ogryn Flesh
    Devlan Mud
    Badab Black

    That's all from me. Thank you for reading and sorry for my bad english. I hope that this tutorial will help people to achieve similar or better 'rusty' effect.

    Additionally you can look at blog: to see more of my and my buddies works.

    Comments 6 Comments
    1. face of dark future's Avatar
      face of dark future -
      because of that he used quotation marks, i think...
    1. Dumbledore's Avatar
      Dumbledore -

      On a more proper note: good, clear article about an interesting and efficient technique. The pictures are excellent and very informative. I must also compliment you on your drop pod, the weathering is lovely. The only person I've seen do better is Wappellious, but hey, I'm mostly a fantasy guy.
    1. snu's Avatar
      snu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ebonbuddha View Post
      Gold is the most inert, non-reactive of all metals; it will never react with oxygen, either atmospheric or in solution.
      Yes, and it makes so much sense making a tank or a drop pod out of gold...
    1. Sparhawk's Avatar
      Sparhawk -
      I just visited the GW website and was amazingly pleased to find your work showcased there. Great job mate, and well done receiving recognition for your efforts.
      For the people moaning about 'gold can't rust etc etc', seriously grow a brain cell and try engaging it before writing on a forum....He's just come up with a general description that pretty much covers the tone and colour of what he's doing.....stop being trolls and bask in the glory of his skill......
    1. woran's Avatar
      woran -
      I have been looking for exactly this effect! Thank you for sharing
    1. Ghaffasa's Avatar
      Ghaffasa -
      Weathered/dirty gold would perhaps be a more suitable title? Not that I care personally..

      Great tutorial, I really like the effect!
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