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  • Vikotnik's Rust Tutorial

    Now and then some people ask me about my technique to effectively paint rust so I made some in-progress shots while I painted this miniature, a brilliant skeletal giant by master sculptor Bob Olley.


    VGC=Vallejo Game Colour
    VMC=Vallejo Model Colour
    I always thin my paint with a 1:6 Mixture of Water/Future Floor Wax.


    Step 1:
    Metal parts primed white(!) sprayed over a black undercoat. I find it easier to define the general direction of light shining on the miniature.





    Step 2:
    VMC #828 Woodgrain (Transparent) wash over metal parts:

    Sorry for the blurry pic...


    Step 3:
    First highlight using a 50/50 mix of VMC #828 and #851 Deep Orange. I applied the mixture as a wash. The trick with rust is that it works the opposite way that other materials. Liquids tend to collect in the deepest areas of a metallic object, so the lightest parts should be in the recesses. So it really should be called 'deeplight'...

    Curses! Blurryness again!!! >:(


    Step 4:
    I added some more orange to the mix and applied it to smaller areas deeper in the recesses:



    Step 5:
    Some VGC #38 'Scrofulous Brown' to give it a yellowish hue and VVMC #70815 'Basic Skintone' to make it more opaque was added into the mix:



    ...and a different view:



    Step 6:
    I added some metal areas where the rust has chipped off in order to break up the whole, erm, orangyness. I used VGC #54 Gunmetal and VGC #72053 chainmail for this:



    Done!
    I hope that it helped.

    Feel free to comment or ask questions!
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Ulfgrimr's Avatar
      Ulfgrimr -
      Nice tutorial Vikotnik, many thanks.
    1. MaGie's Avatar
      MaGie -
      Great step by step. Thanks :)
    1. Vern's Avatar
      Vern -
      Good tut, cheers!
    1. vegascat's Avatar
      vegascat -
      That's really great rust! Hmmmm....an excuse to buy more paints! yay!