All about Metal N’ Alchemy

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Inside the box we can find two types of paints. I’ll call them Metallic and Alchemy colors. First of all let’s talk about these paints:

PAINTS IN DEPTH

  • Metal/Gold colors: They have a quite liquid texture but also they cover the surface perfectly with a couple of layers. This is specially useful when painting a Golden base-coat, because most of the Golden colors available have a too transparent consistency. They have an strange metallic and matt finish, what makes them look very realistic when painting old and rusted metals.
  • Alchemy colors: These colors are a little bit more liquid tan the Metal/Gold colors, but they are more shiny. They don’t have the matt finish the others have, what makes them perfect colors to highlight, paint the edges or make scratches. In both Gold and Silver sets you have a silver or gold Alchemy color, which is brighter (White and Citrine Alchemy) and then there are another three Alchemy colors which are more colorful.

WAYS TO USE THEM

Experiment making all the mixes! Don’t limit to use them as a color transition.

  1. A good way to reach different tones is to use a Metal/Gold color as a base-coat and highlight it using an Alchemy color, and then shade it using a matt dark color mixed with the base-coat.
  2. The opposite way is to use a mix of a Metal/Gold color and an Alchemy one, highlight using the brightest Metallic or Alchemy color and shade it adding a matt dark color to the base.
  3. But also you can use it as a color transition, using a medium tone as base color and highlight and shade it with the other colors.

If you don’t like to work with mat shadows just change it for the dark metal tone you want. These only are some ways to work with it. Your best way must be found by yourself. Try to make a lot of mixes with the colors of the set in order to find a good base-coat and different tones of metals.

Some examples:

  1. Base-coat: Necro Gold

Highlight: Add Citrine Alchemy to the Base

Shadow: Add matt black to the base

  1. Base-coat: Mix of Trash Metal and Cobalt Alchemy

Highlight: Add Speed Metal to the base

Shadow: Add matt black to the base

  1. Base-coat: Dwarven Gold

Highlight: Elven Gold

Shadow: Necro Gold

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The waist part was shaded adding Black Ink to the base color.

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR METALS

Metal N’ Alchemy sets are really good for painting metals, but they are a little bit limited by their own, so here are some tips and tricks to improve your metals :

  • The metal looks much better with matt shadows so when painting them try to shade the base color adding a dark matt color to it (if you have any other paint set from Andrea or Scale 75, the darker colors work very good).
  • Always highlight all the edges with White or Citrine Alchemy (or any metallic color brighter than the last highlight) and line the shadows with pure matt black or any other very dark color. It’ll give a lot of definition to the surface. Also you can add scratches and battle damage by this way.
  • Adding dark matt glazes to the shadows once the scratches are painted will blend them into the surface and give a nice tone to the shadows. When painting gold, dark purple glazes look really good, and with silver, blue or brown looks nice too. I use inks from Andrea Ink Set mixed with matt black.
  • Add texture to your metals. Metal surfaces are not smooth. When you paint the shadows try to add lines, dots and spots.
  • Choose the surface and the technique. If you have to paint small surfaces is better to shade with inks or dark color glazes. True Metallics look much better in big miniatures.
  • Metal rarely is clean. Add weathering and rust if it goes with the atmosphere. Remember that each metal has its own rust.

 

  • BONUS TUTORIAL
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  • Here’s a detail photo of the golden parts of the Demon Prince a lot of people were asking about. The steps I followed to paint this color is really easy:
  • I started with a Necro Gold base-coat. First I applied some shadows adding matt black (I used 3rd Shadow from Andrea Black Paint Set). I continued shading it until thought it was dark enough. I thinned all the shadows about 50% water 50% paint. For painting the highlights I added a little bit of Citrine Alchemy to the base-coat and painted light areas. Then I mixed the black color I used before with matt purple (I think the color is from the Andrea Red Paint Set) and painted several glazes over the shadows to give more depth and richness to the shadows. The last step was painting all the edges with pure Citrine Alchemy.

Hope you like it and find useful. If you do please share it to your friends 😉

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How to Paint Realistic Metals on big models

Hi, here’s the new tutorial about how to paint realistic metals specially on big models.
If you find it useful leave a comment.

Hope you like it. More Infinity and Leviathan Crusader soon.

More tutorials

True Metallic Silver Tutorial

Hola a todos, como dije aquí os traigo el tutorial del método para pintar platas realísticos que más me ha gustado hasta el momento y mejores resultados me está dando:

Bueno, está hecho sobre una mini de Scale 75 Abyssal Warlord. Es difícil apreciar el cambio de un paso a otro debido a la dificultad para fotografiar piezas metálicas. Aun así el resultado final sí que se nota 😉

Aquí podéis ver los colores utilizados y la paleta húmeda tras acabar:

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Señor de Nurgle Terminado

Hola a todos y perdón por la inactividad.

Esta vez os traigo el Señor de Nurgle de Avatars Of War terminado:

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Ahora lo prometido es deuda: la carta de colores

Bronce

Base: GW-Calthan Brown + GW-Mechrite Red + GW Tin Bitz

Luz-1: Base + VGC-Bronce Pulido

Luz-2: Luz-1 + GW-Shining Gold

Sombra: Base + VMC-Negro

La idea es ir añadiendo en color que aclara u oscurece gradualmente para conseguir un degradado con buen aspecto.

Verdigris

Base: GW-Hawk Turquoise

Luz: Base+ VMC Ivory

Este le da un toque más real al bronce. Lo apliqué sobre algunos remaches, en los abollados y en algunos recovecos.

Plata

Base: VMC-Gunmetal

Luz: Base + VMA-Plata

Sombra: Base + VMC-Negro

Óxido

Base: GW-Scorched Brown

Luz: GW-Bestial Brown

Oro (hombreras)

Base: GW-Tausept Ochre + VGC-Bronce Pulido

Luz-1: Base + GW-Burnished Gold

Luz-2: GW-Burnished Gold

Sombra-1: Base + GW-Calthan Brown + GW-Mechrite Red

Sombra-2: Sombra-1 + VMC-Negro

Este es el más difícil de lograr, ya que intervienen una gran cantidad de colores diferentes y cuesta que compaginen bien.

Perfilado y rasguños

Es un paso muy importante debido a que le da un toque más brillante y desgastado a todo. Lo apliqué a todos los metales mezclando la última luz + VMA-Aluminio. Uso éste porque es el color plateado más claro que he encontrado.

Capa de cuero

Base: GW-Calthan Brown

Luces: Una iluminación progresiva a punteado con: GW-Bestial Brown, GW-Snakebite Leather, y GW-Vubonic Brown.

Sombras: Punteado con GW-Scorched Brown, luego veladuras con tinta morada de GW para profundizar y entonar las sombras.

 

Decir que ha sido una de las minis con las que más he aprendido y que más orgulloso estoy de haber acabado. La mini en sí es una pasada, como muchas otras de Avatars Of War, una marca que sin duda veréis más por aquí.

Si os ha gustado la técnica, los colores y demás comentadme a ver si queréis un tutorial detallado de alguno de los colores o de lo que sea. Me apetece hacer algún tutorial de algo jaja 🙂 

Señor de Nurgle

Hola a todos, hoy os traigo otra mini de Avatars of War, una marca española que gracias a Dios sigue usando metal en sus miniaturas.
Se trata de una mini de la misma colección que el Campeón Nurgle que os mostré hace un tiempo.

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Lo estoy pintando con otra técnica diferente de metalizados, haciendo pruebas para una mini próxima muy espectacular.
Segun vaya avanzando con ella os iré comentando los colores y demás.
Espero que os guste y disculpad la calidad de las fotos.