The smell of warm brass fills the forge.

Imperial Knight Conversion: Pt. 15 — Brass paint and weathering test. 

The key to my paint schemeI find inspiration in the strangest places sometimes. When I used to work as a manager of a movie theater back in the day, I always had a pocket full of keys. Mostly brass and cheap steel. I would absent-mindedly put my hand in my pocket and feel them there throughout the day. I also smoked cigarettes back then, and I noticed that once in a while they would taste strangely sweet. I realized after maybe a year that the brass on my fingers was the reason for this. I don’t know why it made them taste like that, but they did.

I’ve always loved the way bronze smells and even tastes. I’m weird, I know. Anyway, I was sitting here thinking about my Knight, and I realized that a key on my fiancé’s key-ring was exactly the sort of finish I was looking for on my Knight’s brass sections. It’s an old PO box key that’s probably been around for ages.

Imperial Knight leg aged brassSo, here’s the process I used to try and emulate that look. Step one was a 70/30 mix of Averland Sunset base paint and Runelord Brass layer paint. It’s grainy because the Averland Sunset was almost dry when I opened it. Luckily I want it to be all grubby and whatnot so for this, so it’s fine. I emailed GW about a replacement, though. Wish me luck.

Imperial Knight leg aged brassHere it is after a heavy wash of diluted ancient GW dark brown ink. Darkened up very nicely. I then drybrushed the original paint mix over the top. I love my wet palette for this sort of thing.

Imperial Knight leg aged brassI then drybrushed, very lightly, some old Burnished Gold on the exposed edges. The texture is really popping at this point. Looks warm, used and fairly realistic. The metal just barely glints on the raised edges.

Imperial Knight leg aged brassFor the verdigris I took some Nihalakh Oxide and added just a drop of green ink. The color was spot on. The old GW inks, for whatever reason, remain water soluble. So that means I was able to darken the streaks of corrosion as they picked up a little of the dark brown ink from the previous step. I added a bit more of the oxide right around the rivets to show the more established verdigris. Does’t come out as well in pics but it looks pretty good IRL.

This morning, in the natural sunlight, you could see the effect a bit better so I snapped another couple of pics. What do you guys think? I dig it. Comments? Ideas? Bring ’em on.

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