Oxide & Patina Technique Step by Step Part 3: Pulling the Scheme Together

Here Hairster concludes his masterclass on painting verdigris & weathering on your minis.

Introducing the third part of Hairster's painting tutorial on patina and oxide effects.


All previous paints for enhancement

Mig Ammo light rust enamel wash

Enamel thinners


Step 1 – Adding oils/enamels

 This step adds in another dimension and visual texture to the weathering –


Apply the enamel wash in small dots in and around the transition areas but don’t be afraid to let it overlap into the patina and for there to be some extra dots out into the cleaner areas of the model

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Allow this to dry for a while before using the enamel thinners to soften the effect and allow the enamels to spread out – this adds an oily, almost wet effect to some areas of the patina and enhances the corroding metal effect


This brings together the key elements that make up the effect. However it is important to continually layer, adjust, and tweak the effects to fit your own requirements and expectations for the overall effects.

Additional colours can be added into the mix, such as tiny specs of bright orange or gold to increase the variation in oxidation. Pigments can also add depth to the verdigris effect.


The completed patina effect on the Necron Doomscythe.

Hopefully the basics of this make sense… it’s very much an intuitive process that needs to be adjusted to suit your project. Most of all have fun experimenting with it!


Phil Pryce has been fascinated by fantasy illustration and imagery from an early age, beginning with the Fighting Fantasy book range in primary school.  He poured over the text and images in these books endlessly, eagerly awaiting the next release.

The lead mini obsession began following a change trip to Games Workshop Birmingham in 1984 (age 9).  Following a 22 year lay off from the hobby between 1994 and 2016, Phil started painting again as a means to relax.  He hasn’t looked back since.

Hairster has always been keen to exhibit his own perspective and take on miniatures, developing unconventional approaches to painting in order to covey that vision.

Phil has achieved multiple GD highly commended awards and achieved a choldhood dream when he won a Silver Golden Demon in the Age of Sigmar Squad category at Warhammer Fest 2017.  I expect much more success in Phil’s bright painting future.

Thanks again to Phil for his fascinating breakdown of his process and artistic thinking! Check him out online:

Instagram – @hairsterminipainting


If you missed any part of Phil’s tutorial, don’t forget check out Part 1 & Part 2.

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