This very special guest tutorial comes to you courtesy of Phil Pryce, aka Hairster. He is one of my favorite painters and has developed some impressive original techniques over recent years. In this three-part lesson Phil reveals his secrets for an amazingly rich and realistic verdigris effect.
You can check out more of Phil’s work on Instagram.
Vallejo Model Air Chrome
Vallejo Model Air Bright Bronze
Vallejo Game Ink Yellow
Vallejo Game Ink Red
Vallejo Game Ink Skin Wash
Vallejo Game Ink Brown
Step 1 – Basecoat
Prime with your usual primer – colour is not important
Then airbrush basecoat with VMA Chrome
Apply an airbrush coat of VMA Bright bronze to the rear sections of the model to create a gradiated sunset effect.
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Step 2 – Intensifying the colours pt 1
Mix a 4:1 Yellow to Red ink mix in your airbrush hopper to create a mid orange tone
Airbrush this over the top of the base layer focusing on the transition between the chrome/bronze and the main bronze section. Apply light coats
Step 3 – Intensifying the colours pt 2
Airbrush a coat of the Skin wash ink over bronze section of the base coat to add further saturation and colour intensity to the mix.
Step 4 – Intensifying the colours pt 3
Airbrush a coat of the brown ink over extremities of the bronze section of the base coat to add still greater saturation and colour intensity.
Step 5 – Microscratches
Using a brush with a fine tip apply tiny micro brush strokes to represent scratches – the Vallejo chrome air runs smoothly anyway but if you have issues with it drying on your brush then add in some flow retarder to help. Apply the scratches as you would expect them to appear on a worn vehicle, focussing on leading and prominent areas that would have gotten scuffed in day to day use.
You can find Part 2 of this great tutorial here!