I have been working for a buddy of mine for awhile now, doing some commission work for him. I am painting up a Warhammer Fantasy Beastman army for him. I posted some of his larger monstrous creatures that I had painted quite a few months ago. You can see them here in my post titled Large and in Charge.
Anyway, when I started the commission originally, I wanted to paint the army so that it looked unique, not your typical clean paint job. So, what gives Beastmen their character? Their are basically devolved humans. Thus, they probably don't put a lot of emphasis on cleanliness. Aside from my friend's desire to have greyish skin, I thought it would be cool to have dirty Beastmen who also had rusty weapons and armor because they didn't take care of them like normal humans.
After experimenting a bit, I decided on a fairly easy technique to achieve a pretty decent rust effect on metallic areas. It uses a method of painting called stippling to apply the rust and then some controlled drybrushing to apply metal where the rust has been rubbed away. Check out my pictures of a recently painted model who we will name Bob the Beastman. I apologize for the picture heavy nature of this email, but I hope they prove to be useful.
That's it! Achieve a nice rust effect is fairly easy. This model took me about 15-20 minutes to achieve the rust effect. It is quick since you don't have to spend so much time painting carefully around areas. The messiness of the process is kind of freeing!
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. I hope you find this article useful as you seek to add a bit of extra detail to models in your army.
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