6 February 2007, 06:37 AM
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Ft. Worth, Texas
Originally Posted by nigelrayner
It's fairly easy with just two colours of paint, a fine paintbrush and a steady hand. First, paint the area of turned metal in a darker tone of metallic. I use Citadel metallics (they are the best metallic paints available IMO). I use Chain Mail for the darker tone (sometimes darkened with a little Bolt Gun) and their Mithril Silver for the turned "squiggles", but you could use Humbrol 11 darkened with a little black for the base colour and then pure Humrol 11 for the "squiggles".
To apply the turned effect, just get a very fine paintbrush and paint the squiggles on by hand. Look at your original and try to follow that - I generally use "S" shapes. It is actually quite straightforward - just practice on some scrap plastic first to make sure you have the colour balance right (you don't want the base colour too dark or too light) and practice the squiggles until you get a good effect.
For an example of the finished effect on an Eduard 1/72 EIII, go here:
I did my EIII similarly... but put the light paint on first (silver) then the darker, I believe just a regular grey. Sorry, don't know the exact name. I used a q-tip, with a dab/wriggle type motion, and it came out pretty well. Unfortunately that model went into an unrecoverable spin from the shelf and is in need of repair, so no pics for now.
Note, his looks better than mine... but not a LOT different! I'm pretty sure mine was an easier technique.
Note also that the pattern is in NO WAY even, and shouldn't be. It is pretty random.
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