How to Paint Realistic Rust for any Wargame

13 thoughts on “How to Paint Realistic Rust for any Wargame”

  1. Very handy tutorial! πŸ™‚ I’ve painted with enamels for over half of my life, but now use acrylics for 95% of the painting I do! However, adding rust and streaky dirt I’ve always found easier with enamels, so I still use them for that! Maybe I’m not that much of a dinosaur after all! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Very glad to hear it, John and I certainly don’t think you’re a dinosaur! πŸ™‚ I feel like I’ve only known how to paint with acrylics as that is what most wargamers use but the scale modelers know a lot of good tricks with oil/enamel paints so its worth keeping an eye on what they’re doing too πŸ™‚

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  2. Interesting point about using enamels vs acrylics for the clean up aspect – hadn’t thought about that. It makes sense though, will have to look into that more. Another well written post/tutorial, keep them coming!

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    1. Really glad to hear this guide was useful and got you thinking, Bret! I have a lot to learn about enamel paints myself and will share any other useful tidbits I find.


  3. Nice post. Like John I am old school in that I started painting years ago with enamal paints and then oils. Acrylics I had to learn and now mostly use but for somethings I still prefer the older methods. Younger painters have only probably known acrylics so this will be more of a revelation I suspect. I like the use of the styrofoam for dabbing and that I will give a try at some point along with other aspects of the technique. As you say always nice to pass on and help others, it’s how we learn after all no matter our ages. Great stuff. 😊

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    1. Enamel paints are definitely a revelation for me. I technically used them on model cars but I only basecoated stuff at that time which shows about how much I knew about painting. I’ve pretty much only known acrylics as a serious painter and I have tons to learn about the other paint types.

      I’m really glad there was some new info/ideas in the article for you too. I plan on trying to use styrofoam to weather some clothing this week so I’ll share how I get on with that. I have a feeling the technique could be quite useful in a variety of circumstances. I look forward to seeing what you might do with it as well πŸ™‚

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  4. (Tried leaving a comment earlier but the internet was being weird).

    Nice tutorial and well written. Having written a few tutorials myself I know it can be hard to explain and illustrate the process. I don’t do a lot of rust effects but that’s mainly because it’s hard. Nice to have a guide to rely on when I wish to give it a go. Your rust effects are very nice. πŸ˜€

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    1. My internet acts up sometimes too. I like to blame COVID for that πŸ˜€

      I am really glad to hear it is well-written. There were certainly parts that might have been better suited to video but I did the best I could and am glad the written word was good enough for this one. When you decide to work on your post-apocalypse Union army, this guide will be ready and waiting for you πŸ˜‰


    1. Those could work really well and would eliminate the need for tweezers. You might need to rough them up a bit to make the surface more irregular but I think these are a great alternative. I’ll have to see if I can grab some in the near future. Thanks for the suggestion πŸ™‚


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