Due to a completely different but equally nerdy hobby, I had no time to paint over the Easter weekend. So instead of yet another work-in-progress post, I thought I'd talk about something completely different.
|Terrifying horses! No, wait... (photo by Alice Palace)|
Verdigris! Like rust, it's caused by the oxidisation of metal - iron for rust, and copper, brass or bronze for verdigris. While they're very different in terms of color, the same techniques can be used to paint them.
I'll be talking about the colors I used and the things I considered when experimenting with the effect, but for a truly excellent tutorial I suggest checking out this article on madponies.net.
The best way to start is to find some reference material, and to think about just how old/weathered the surface you're painting is. The older the metal, the more oxidised and corroded it will be, and metals near or in the ocean will decay far more quickly than they would inland.
|Light verdigris. Photo by Br3nda.|
|Medium verdigris. Photo by Monceau.|
|Heavy verdigris. Photo by Monceau.|
After choosing the Sisters of Sigmar Matriarch as my test model, I decided I wanted an effect similar to the "medium" picture, as it was the most visually interesting of the three. I started with a black spray undercoat, a heavy drybrush of Tin Bitz (now Warplock Bronze), a lighter drybrush of Dwarf Bronze (now Hashut Copper), and an extremely light brush of Shining Gold (now Gehenna Gold). A wash of Badab Black (Nuln Oil) then dulled things down a bit. I wanted some of the metallics to show through, but not to be too bright.
|Please Hammer, don't hurt them.|
|Suspiciously free of pigeon poop.|