Friday Quick Tip: Rust in Two Colors

I recently started working on some Orks after acquiring the Assault on Black Reach boxed set. It took me a bunch of months but I finally finished cleaning them all off and eventually finished a model for my test scheme. One of the things that really seemed to catch peoples eye was the simple yet effective rust effect I came up with for my metals.

To start off with you of course need to get a base coat started. This could be whatever color really, here I've gone with a Brown Violet from Vallejo. The second step is to take a very beat up old brush and apply splotches of Vermin Brown by stippling the old brush in a random pattern. You can apply as little or as much of this as you want, it's all about the final effect you're going for! The third and final step (at least for today), is to stipple Fiery Orange over the Vermin Brown layer. I used a standard brush for the final step and made it broken and random. For an idea of where you can take this here's my finished Ork test model:

As you can see, I have done some additional weathering and metal work around and on top of this effect to make it more subtle and feel more realistic.

A quick side note: Apparently GW isn't selling Fiery Orange anymore, but you could easily use Blazing Orange instead for this technique. For those of you with Fiery Orange still, disregard!

There are many different rust painting techniques out there, and you should definitely do some research as to just what style of rust you are going for on a particular piece. The more you know about the different approaches, the more variation and realism you can apply to your own take on rust.

So lets here em, how do you paint your rusty bits?


  1. I have to say, I've been waiting all week for the Friday Tip. This one is great too... real easy and a good result.


    As far as how I do my rust, I paint up my metal area and then just wash it with a light rust colored brown. Sometimes I'll go back and stipple some spots in areas but that's it.

  2. At first I thought the orange would be too bright, but it is a striking effect.

    I usually use a bit of Tin Bitz on my metals away from the heavily rusted areas, since the off color of Tin Bitz gives a good overall rust feel when painted over a silver metal.

  3. Its one of the simplest yet most effective rust recipes I've seen.

    I don't really have a rust technique of my own, such a thing would be unthinkable for the Emperor's Children, but I do like Mr. Nipples' Marmite method from the B&C. I may have to give it a try sometime.

  4. if you look at true rust, the brightest spots are (naturally) the most rusted, and can go almost to a crisp orange brighter than what you used.

    the only problem i have with this effect is it looks too "dotty". my method of rust:

    1: on anything with "metal" that would be "painted", go back and boltgun metal whatever spot you want rusted. black line this entire spot with black ink (the paint has chipped away)

    2: dark brown stippling with a very large brush. be generous.

    3: lighter brown, smaller brush. be generous.

    4: 1:1 blood red/blazing orange stippling. smaller brush. be generous.

    for steps 3 and 4, move closer and closer to the center of the spot to be rusted.

    and remember kiddies: rust only happens on bare metal, so "chip" that paint away!


  5. Great Friday tip as always!

    One way that I've found works for me (primarily used on Nurgle vehicles) is to undercoat in a dark brown and overpaint in bleached bone the rusted area. Then apply dark chestnut ink to the bleached bone area. I then lighten up some areas with tin and orange.

  6. Great tutorial. I think orange is the ingridience that was missing in my rust. And btw, i know its offtopic but could you tell me your ork skin scheme ? Cause your ork look awesome, i really would like to know it. Thanks