Painting Rust

As promised, the first of two articles regarding painting my Skaven. I always imagined the ratmen far too intent on staying alive to care about weapons and armour beyond caring that their blade will cut In their natural environment, underground, the damp and the muck will turn iron and steel rusty very quickly, and any bright edge is something to reflect lantern light in a dwarf tunnel and give away an attack.

Key to bringing this vision to the tabletop is being able to put grime and rust on weapons and armour, with brown wash dealing with the rest.

As painting rust is something that goes across many armies I'm putting this as a separate post rather than bury it in the middle of a longer piece. I've avoided naming paints, as it's the colour you're after not the name on the pot, and as you'll see I'm using a fair range of vintages from the GW line. Here goes then.

The first thing to do is pick a tool for applying your paint. I've got a battered old drybrush, but some torn foam works well too. The goal is to leave an irregular mark, rather than uniform strokes. Having used it GW's stippling brush is unsuited to the task, as it doesn't deliver paint to the model very well, and feels horrible to use. Continual use will likely murder whatever brush use chose for the task though so bear that in mind.


Our ratman starts with armour that's been painted with a dark silver and then covered with a black wash.


Here are the paints I'll be using, moving from dark brown, to reddy brown, to a range of oranges of different hues.

 Lod the tip of your brush with the dark brown and stipple the model, careful to leave areas where the metal still shows through.
There's no need to wait for paints to dry, so load up  a litle of the reddy brown and add that, careful to leave both some of the metal and the darker brown showing through.

 Add only a little of the oranges, otherwise they'll overpower the model, so add some sparingly, still leaving some of the metal showing through.
 I've added another orange to give a bit of variation, adding it in very limited amounts. At this stage it would be possible to go back over things with the previous stages to change the effect. Regardless the last thing to do is to go back to your base silver colour and highlight any edges that would be clear of rust, or that would catch the light.

And your done. Hopefully now with a model that looks like it's got very worn kit indeed. Depending on the finish you want you could add some brown wash, either strategically, or all over to tie the colours together, although beware of using too much and muting your colours.

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