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Metallic paints for Modelling

Metallic acrylic paints or metallic paints are a popular choice for painting model kits and miniatures because they provide a very realistic finish and are easy to work with. They can be thinned with water and your brushes can be cleaned with soap and water, making them a convenient choice for beginners and experienced modelers alike.

When using them, it is important to shake the can well before use to ensure that the metal pigments are thoroughly mixed with the paint. The use of mixing balls is very helpful in performing this function. You can also mix them with other transparent acrylic inks to create custom metal shades, especially if you start with a white metal color such as Mystic White.

For the best results when painting with metallic paint, it is always best to start painting on a black base color, use a good quality brush, and apply several thin coats rather than trying to cover everything in one coat. This will avoid drips and brush marks and give a smoother, more even finish.

It is also a good idea to allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next, as this will help prevent the product from smudging or lifting from the surface.

Overall, metal acrylics for modeling and wargames are a versatile and easy-to-use option for adding a metal finish to models and wargame miniatures.

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What are metallic acrylic paints?

They are a type that can be made with acrylic, alcohol, and enamel mediums, and can contain different metal pigments, which give it a shiny and reflective finish. These pigments can be made of various materials, such as aluminum, bronze, copper, and other metals. Pearlescent pigments of natural or even synthetic origin are also available but offer less coverage.

They are often used to give a decorative touch to model surfaces, dioramas, wargame miniatures, RC vehicles, or even nativity scenes. They can also be used for various art, craft, and craft projects.

They are available in various colors, such as silver, gold, copper, and bronze. They can be applied by brush and airbrush, and are often used over a base coat of black paint.

Thanks to these types of acrylics we can create aluminum surfaces, iron, model airplanes, and much more. It all depends on how far your imagination takes you. 

Differences between chrome and metallic paint

Many people confuse metallic paint with chrome paints. The base of any of the metallics versions is the metalized effects, but they are made with different pigments and mediums that generate different metal finishes. Among them, we can find red, green, blue, turquoise, purple, or gold, among others. 

While chromes offer a uniform mirror effect in the finish, metallics create a metalized effect, but with reflections in various shades that blend with the base color

Interference Metal Filters

With the Interference metal filters from the Green Stuff World range, you can create transparent acrylic filters to metalize any base color of a figure, creating a double color effect. 

It is possible to apply them on normal non-metal base colors, as well as on other metalized colours, or even chameleon colorshift colours to modify the changing colors. Experiment while having fun with different colors and shades to achieve amazing results. 

In our shop, we have a wide variety of acrylic paints or filters for you to create figures, miniatures, and scenarios that define you. Everything you need for your modeling sessions, you have on our website, quality, and at the best price. 

Can you use metallic acrylic paints on metal?

Yes, metallic paints can be used on metal surfaces with proper preparation, notably by applying a primer beforehand. Here's a detailed breakdown of why primer is essential and how to effectively use them on metals:

  1. Adhesion: Metal surfaces are often smooth and non-porous, making it difficult for colors to adhere properly. Without a primer, the colors may struggle to bond with the metal, leading to poor adhesion and eventual peeling or chipping.
  2. Surface Preparation: Before applying the primer, it's crucial to prepare the surface properly. This involves cleaning the surface to remove any dirt, grease, or rust that could interfere with adhesion. Sanding the surface lightly can also improve the primer's grip.
  3. Choosing the Right Primer: Selecting the appropriate primer is the key. Look for primers with a lot of adhesion, such as those sold by Green Stuff World, designed to promote bonding with metallic acrylic paints, further enhancing the paint's durability.
  4. Application: Once the surface is clean and dry, apply the primer. Use a paintbrush, sponges, or an airbrush, depending on the size and complexity of the project. Ensure an even coat of primer over the entire surface, and allow it to dry completely before proceeding.
  5. Painting with Acrylics: After the primer has dried, you can apply the color to the surface. Use brushes, sponges, or airbrushes to apply the paint, depending on the desired effect. Multiple thin coats are preferable to one thick coat, as they reduce the risk of drips and uneven coverage.
  6. Sealing: Once everything has dried completely, consider sealing it with a clear varnish or sealer to protect the finish and enhance durability. This step is optional but can help prolong the life of the painted surface.

Who is the Primarch Perturabo, and how do you paint it with metallic colors?

Perturabo is a Primarch from the Warhammer 40,000 universe, specifically during the Horus Heresy era. He is the gene-father of the Iron Warriors Legion and is known for his unmatched strategic prowess and expertise in siege warfare. The collectible miniature of Perturabo features intricate details, such as his personal armor called the Logos, a wrist-mounted cannon, and the thunder-hammer Forgebreaker.

To colour Perturabo using Green Stuff World metallic colors, follow these steps:

  1. Assembly and preparation: Assemble the miniature according to the instructions. Clean up mold lines and excess material from the casting process using a hobby knife and fine-grit sandpaper. 
  2. Acrylic Primer Apply a primer to the miniature, preferably in black. This will help the colors adhere better and enhance their appearance. 
  3. Base coat: Start by applying a base coat to the armor. For the Iron Warriors, a dark silver, such as Green Stuff World's Gunmetal Grey silver, would be appropriate. Apply thin coats and allow each layer to dry before applying the next to ensure a smooth finish.
  4. Highlights and shading: Use a brighter silver, such as Gunmetal Grey or Quicksilver color, for edge highlights on the armor. Apply it sparingly and focus on raised areas and edges that would catch the light. For shading, use the dark wash ink Andalusian Earth, to create depth and emphasize the details on the armor.
  5. Other details: Paint the trim and other accents on Perturabo's armor using gold, such as Green Stuff World's El Dorado gold
  6. Weapon and additional details: Paint Perturabo's wrist-mounted cannon and Forgebreaker using darker metallics such as Anthrax Metal and a metallic dry brush to create a unique and distinctive look.
  7. Weathering: To create a weathered and battle-worn appearance, use techniques like dry brushing, and sponge chipping, but if you want to make it very easy, simply just use a controlled application of Liquid pigments.

By following these steps and using Green Stuff World colors, you'll create a striking and unique interpretation of Perturabo from the Horus Heresy era.

Can you thin metallic paint?

Yes, they can be thinned, but it is not necessary in all cases. It depends on the formulation of the product, as some manufacturers sell it more fluid than others and, therefore, it may not be necessary to dilute it. It also depends on the intended use, since for use in an airbrush it is necessary to modify its consistency so that it does not get stuck in the nozzle. It is also possible that it will thicken with time if the can is old. 

Before thinning it, choose the right thinner. Although many artists venture to use water for this purpose, a specific thinner will always give better results. In the case of Green Stuff World's metallic paints, their fluidity makes thinning unnecessary whenever you are going to paint with a brush. In the case of airbrushing, 1:1 is recommended to ensure the necessary fluidity by the airbrush, achieving uniform results with a flawless finish. 

Can you airbrush metallic paints?

Yes, as mentioned above, Green Stuff World metallic paint is compatible with airbrushing. Remember that the density of these paints can interfere with their correct application, so it will be necessary to dilute the same amount of paint you are going to use with the amount of acrylic thinner. Before starting to paint, remember to test the mixture outside your figure or work of art to corroborate that the result is adequate and that there is no problem. 

An insufficient dilution can cause the product to get stuck in the nozzle. If this happens you will have to clean it thoroughly before using it again. Of course, it is also advisable to clean the airbrush after each session or, if necessary, during the same session when changing the type of paint or color of the paint. Even so, the most important thing is to follow the manufacturer's instructions at all times. 

Can you mix metallics with regular paints?

It is possible to mix them, but the effect will lose intensity or the normal paint will be given a metallic touch because the proportion of metal particles is reduced. Another option is to add metallic powder to the normal paints to give a finish similar to the original.

In any case, before making the mixture you must take certain considerations into account:

  • Compatibility. So that the paints are not cut and can be mixed satisfactorily, they must have the same base coat. Mix water-based metallics (acrylic or latex) with normal water-based paints and oil or solvent-based paints with normal paints of the same base. You can check if the manufacturer gives any indication of making this mixture successfully. 
  • Initial checks. Make a first mixture using small quantities of paint to check that the particles are evenly distributed in the normal paint. Also, before starting, apply the paint on a small, inconspicuous area to evaluate the result.
  • Effect. Normally, this mix will result in a subtle sheen on the normal color, without the intensity of the original metallics. You can also create your own shades with this new finish.  
  • Caution. If not mixed properly, the particles of metallic paints may spread unevenly resulting in an uneven sheen. Likewise, mixing can sometimes change the coverage and texture properties of the product.