View Full Version : Mixing metalics and normal colors

28-09-2009, 09:38 PM
Hey Guys!
I want to paint my Necrons with Bronzy Gold (Dwarf Bronze + Burnished Gold) and silvery white, but I'm not sure how to give the white the metalic, silver look...

So the questions are:
1. Can you mix metalics (Dwarf Bronze + Burnished Gold)? Is there any other way to not mix them but still be able to make the Gold more bronzy?

2. How can I make the white look more metalic and silver?

Note: I still haven't bought the colors so I'm open for advices and tips (both for the gold and the white)


28-09-2009, 10:13 PM
I've already told you that picking up Boltgun/Mithril and the Sepia and Mud washes will get you almost anywhere. Apply multiple washes over the silver will turn it to the gold hue of your choice. More Mud wash for a deeper color.

You can mix two metallics together, but only certain metallics get along well with black and white. Memory says that Mithril is the "pure" silver and so can be mixed with white and black, but I don't know about the golds.

Hope it helps.

28-09-2009, 11:01 PM
Consadine has it spot on. When I work with metallics I always use washes, personally.

29-09-2009, 12:33 AM
You can mix obstruction pigments ( from perlex) or Interference paints that can mix with white for a metallic look. You can get them at any good art supply store (not hobby store, but you might get lucky.) For the best results for white, I mix a 50/50 ratio of white ink and liquitex interference blue.
Here is a link for some of the paint I was talking about.

And here is a link for the pigments.

Hope this helps.

29-09-2009, 02:25 AM
I often mix metalics and paints,and then wash over the top. There are some examples in my hobby thread on mixing colours (http://www.astronomican.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13931&highlight=Mixing+colours).

29-09-2009, 08:26 AM
Ok, I understood the metallic parts (Basecoat White, paint Mithril, Sepia wash, dry brush Mithril)...

Now for the actual ceramic white part, can I just use Skull white and gloss varnish?

29-09-2009, 02:35 PM

Inquisitor Alex
29-09-2009, 05:15 PM
to get a nice ceramic look, try white with a thin wash of bleached bone, then gloss.

29-09-2009, 05:25 PM
to get a nice ceramic look, try white with a thin wash of bleached bone, then gloss.

Do you have any pictures with examples? :D I just want to know how it looks and not guess...