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    Dry Brushing
    This is probably
    one of the most simplest of special techniques that you can
    use to create a three dimensional look on your miniatures. But be warned,
    you are going to need to set aside a brush for this method, as Drybrushing
    will deteriorate the structure of the bristles. So it's a good idea not
    to throw away your old brushes, as they will come in very handy for drybrushing.
    When you look
    at a miniature, certain parts of it are raised, and need to be highlighted
    to create the feel of depth. Such things might include armour plates and
    facial features. Basically, drybrushing can be applied to any area of a
    miniature that requires a highlight. So how is it done?
    Well, to start
    with, you should have already applied your base coats to your model. Drybrushing
    is going to pick out the raised area of the miniature. So what you will
    need to do is
    choose a lighter tone of your base colour. Once you have decided on that,
    these simple steps

    Dip your brush
    into the paint.
    With a clean
    piece of tissue, wipe off as much of the excess paint as possible, so there
    is only a trace left on the bristles.
    Carefully drag
    the brush over the area to be highlighted, so the paint on the brush will
    come to rest on these raised areas.

    So there you have
    it. Piece of cake, really, isn't it? But take some care as to where you
    want the bristles of the brush to go. You don't want to be drybrushing
    something with orange, and accidentally get it on something that is green.
    You'll only have to patch it up again later. oNce you r first highlight
    is dry, you can even go up to another lighter tone, and do the same process
    again, but applying the brush in a lighter fashion, to only pick out the
    top most areas.
    Here you can
    see that this Minotaur has a very hairy back. I decided to paint the hair
    black, and then drybrush it using a lighter tone. I used a mix of Chaos
    Black and Elf Grey, as Elf Grey was too bright to be painted on by itself.
    After this is dry I would then go on to use pure Elf Grey, with a lighter

    Personally, I very
    rarely use the drybrushing technique, except on large metal
    areas. I prefer to use the Shading
    and Highlighting method instead, as it allows a lot more control. I
    only really use drybrushing on very rough surfaces, such as fur and hair,
    which I find to be very viable for drybrushing.
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