How to Paint Metal
High Contrast Metallics
"Metal is easy. All you need to do is base coat it, wash and drybrush the highlights and you're done!"
Metallic paint sometimes gets some flak for being the easy way out for doing metals. It's also been known to be hard to photograph properly, due to the light reflecting off of the metallic flake in the paint and messing with highlights.
As such, Non-Metallic Metals, using regular paint to simulate metal surfaces, has gained popularity recently. Many of the models you see in catalogs, competition and display pieces seem to lean towards NMM as the way to go.
But what if we take the principles of NMM and apply them to metallic paints?
This is what High Contrast Metallics is. Using lessons learned from the non-metallic way of doing things and applying them to metals to get a really nice and interesting metal surface using metallic paint.
It's something I've been working on for the better part of the year, and now I am ready to share it.