Ok, I wanted to do this article, but held off till I researched ATT to make sure no one had done this yet. Though, while researching, I did note that metal schemes are not a big favorite, but hey, even if you don't use it on your tau, it will work great with Necrons or Eldar. I use this method on the mechanised parts of my cadre, and I'm now using the second generation version of this technique which has much better results. I will be adding pictures to demonstrate the steps once I start working on my new hammerhead since it primarily will use this technique. So here it goes.
When doing a coloured metal scheme, such as green, blue, red, or what ever colour you think is best, you will need the following paints/washes:
1) Your basecoat colour. I use Choas black, but some people use white or grey.
2) A basic metal colour. Here, I use boltgun metal, but Mithril Silver will work juat as well.
3) Your colour in a wash. Since my army is green, I use Thraka green.
4) *Optional* Gloss. This is optional because it will depend on what effect your going for.
- Apply your basecoat to the entire model.
- Paint the areas your wish to be metalic in your metalic paint. Make sure to use a light coat and that the paint is not cloting or contains hardened chuncks, as this will eliminate the smooth texture/appearence of the metal areas when completed.
- Apply your wash over the metal areas. This step will have to be repeated until the desired darkness is acheived. To give you an idea, for me to create a dark green similar to a dark angels green, it takes roughly 7-9 washes/coats. The advantage of the newer washes is that they do not blotch when they are applied. The older inks did, and it would require dry brushing to create a smooth appearence.
Step four (optional):
- Finally, once your final wash is dry, you will have a choice. If you choose to leave it as it is, you will have a nice dull metal look. But, to get a real shine out of your metal, you will need to apply a gloss over the metal area to create the shine. Lightly apply the gloss over the metal areas and your done.
Here are examples of the finished metal look on various Tau units:
In this picture, you can compare my metal look with Dark Angels green. The Guardsmen's armour is Dark Angels green:
As you can see, it comes out quiet nice, and you don't have to be an expert painter to have it come out nice. It does take time however due to the number of washes you may have to do. If your in no hurry to get your cadre on the table, doing the whole army this way would look nice and uniform. However, if unlike me, you play more than a game a year
, keeping this style to just battlesuits and vehicles will work just as well.
And this scheme can easily be adapted to incorperate a camo feel by adding your camo style after doing the coloured metal. That way you can have the best of both worlds, metal and camo. Also, this will be my summer project, but I will be experimenting with alternating wash colours to create new metal colours, but if anyone tries this before me, post some shots here to show off your creations. C&C is welcome and I'd love to hear some input on this style.