Steelhead Heavy Cavalry by GentleBen
The idea here is to paint a Base Color of some sort before applying your metallic paints. This seems like such a simple and easy thing that anyone in their right mind would think to do, but honestly, I would have almost never thought to try this had I not been 'enlightened' a week ago!
The practice of this is simple:
When you're painting silver, base coat the area in a grey color, such as Codex Grey or Fortress Grey.
When you're painting a gold, try a Light Brown like Snakebite Leather.
Looking for a rusted feel? Paint Bestial Brown under your silvers.
Drybrushing seems to be the method of choice for this technique, but I can easily see it working in thin application of watered down metallics where the base coat will show through. And of course using a wash of some sort, be it inks, washes, or a custom mixture, will help bring it all to life.
I've done a little bit of work with this idea recently with my Chaos Knights, doing a full drybrush of Codex Grey over all areas that were getting a Chainmail drybrush, and I have to say, I believe I'll be using this one from now on.
Those of you out there looking for a quick and easy method to bring your metals to the next level, give this idea a try and see what sort of results you have from it.
And those of you looking for some additional reading this weekend, be sure to check out GentleBen's Painting Academy posts over on BoLS:
What the Hell is Paint?
Matte Medium Tutorial
From these you will definitely get a better understanding of the theory behind using this technique, as well as some insight to other great ideas.
What little tips do you have for painting metals?