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Metallic paint for Modelling

Metallic acrylic 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 colour such as Mystic White.

For best results when painting with these types of acrylics, 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 paint 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.

What are metallic paints?

They are a type of paint 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 colours, 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 metallic and chrome paints

Many people confuse metallic with chrome paints. The base of any of the metallic paint versions is the metallized 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 chrome offer a uniform mirror effect in the finish, metallic create a metallized effect, but with reflections in various shades that blend with the base colour. 

Interference Metal Filters

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

It is possible to apply them on normal non-metallic base colors, as well as on other metallized 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. 

Who is the Primarch Perturabo, and how 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 paint 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.