In this article we will show you how to paint a quick rust effect to simulate aged ferrous metals which have spent a long time exposed to the elements.
As with all our tutorials, this is not the only way to achieve a rusty effect but it does provide a quick, effective technique, especially for painting scenery and large pieces.
You will need:
- A piece of terrain or a miniature to paint to look like rusted metal – This technique is great for larger scenery pieces, for example: Spaceship bulkheads, Underhive structures, Ork scenery, old tanks, deck plating etc. We used a bit of GW scenery we had lying around.
- Paints (We use Vallejo Game Colour paints but you can use whatever you have available)
- Black Primer
- Dark Brown (Vallejo Charred Brown)
- Medium Brown (Vallejo Beasty Brown)
- Leather Brown (Vallejo Leather Brown)
- Khaki / Bone (Vallejo Khaki / Bonewhite)
- Dark Silver (Vallejo Gunmetal)
- Black Wash
- Brown Wash
- Brushes – A large, soft brush (we used a very old GW large drybrush) for stippling and a smaller one (size 1-2 is fine) for washes and highlights.
Most of this tutorial is done using stippling techniques so is very simple, even for beginners.
The first step is to undercoat with black spray primer. Make sure you hit all surfaces evenly.
Grab your large stippling brush and stipple most of the surface with Charred Brown. No need to be neat!
Next, stipple with Beasty Brown. Cover most of the surface but not all. Leave a little of the darker brown showing.
Do the same again with Leather Brown, again leaving some of the darker shades showing.
And yet more stippling. This time with a 4:1 mix of Leather Brown and Khaki / Bone.
Leave the whole piece to dry thoroughly then wash all of the nooks and crevices with a mix of black and brown washes. Again, leave to dry thoroughly.
For the last step, highlight some of the edges of plates, rivets etc with a small amount of Gunmetal to simulate parts where wear would occur. You can also drybrush lightly with Gunmetal to show further wear.
All done! We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you paint anything using any of our tutorials, drop a comment with a link to any pictures below or email them to us and we will share them.