One of the most difficult painting techniques that you can create with your tabletop miniatures is the look of battle worn or battle-damaged figures. Depending on the factions that you would typically play with in Dungeons and Dragons or 40k, you might be seeking a miniature that has the look of a battle-worn veteran. With the right painting effects, you can end up with a miniature that looks like it has come straight from the battlefield. Here are some top tips on creating a battle-damaged look in your paint effect when you are painting minis for tabletops:
Using blister foam is a great way to produce a chipped paint or battle worn technique. This process involves scrapping along the terrain and making it look like the armor or paint on the figure has been scraped along the battlefield as well. Using your regular painting technique, apply the base coat and start the initial highlighting process. Before you go into close details and perform the shading, drag some blister foam along the areas that you would like to wear down. Pressing the foam along your paint job with a penny or coin can create an effect that resembles rust or dust. You can apply paint effects to this area or use a red or rust colored paint right along the blister foam to produce random dust and corrosion effects along metal components. Head back to these areas with a fine brush and add some more damage along the outside as well as concentrate your shading to the edges. This highlighting will create strong shadows to showcase the area on your soldier that has been corroded or dusted. Adding a subtle glaze around the chip also creates a better rust spot. Your miniatures will be transformed with an authentic rust look using these techniques.
Two Brush Blending
Using two brush blending can be a wonderful way that you can shade in extra beaten or corroded metal. This process will require some practice but with this two-brush technique, you can create a matte layer and a metallic layer with the right highlighting to produce a weathered look. For this technique, you start with your own base layer and then start adding in a metal paint over top. Metals can be painted on with short lines to simulate dents. Rather than a smooth coat, use pronounced strokes to produce dents. After the metal layer is applied, come in with a black brush to produce some small and fat lines to accentuate and shadow the dents. A third corrosion color like a rust or bronze can add new depth to the dents if you want to get very detailed.
Keep these top methods in mind if you are interested in adding some natural wear and character to your figures. Metal components, armor and battle hardened veterans deserve this treatment if they have been a well-loved part of your tabletop gaming collection.
More Tutorials to Read: