Saturday, March 6, 2010

How to Paint Gold

Following up on my last post, here's a tutorial on how I paint my gold.

1) Prime black and basecoat your gold sections in Bestial Brown. This doesn't have to be a perfect coat.

2) Add several thin layers of Dwarf Bronze. Metallic paints tend to have odd textures when layered on too thick. Be patient and don't use TOO thin of a mix of paint or else the glitter will separate from the binder and pigment of the paint.

3) Using a 1:1 ratio of Burnished Gold : Dwarf Bronze, add several thin layers to your metallic sections.

4) Paint several thin layers of pure Shining Gold

5) Mix a 4:1 ratio of Burnished Gold : Mithril Silver and apply to your higher sections, leaving the lowest recesses pure Burnished Gold. The goal is to lighten up the gold to really pop.

6) Mix a 1:1 ratio of Burnished Gold to Mithril silver. Highlight the parts of the model that will reflect in the light. For a more advanced technique, use the same principles of non-metallic metals using metallic paint.

7) Highlight with pure Mithril Silver for that super polished effect.


  1. That looks really good. Thanks for this.


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  2. Great tutorial for painting a tricky color - thanks!

  3. Very nicely done, really never tried painting gold but your tut makes me want to give it a go.

  4. Cool. I've been using P3 Brass Balls + Devlan Mud wash for my gold but I think I'll give this method a try next go around.

  5. Most impressive. I will find something to use this on. :)

  6. Lol, when I was painting my Orks the base I used for everything, including the gold/bronze was Bestial Brown. Nice tut, can't wait to take these guys on when you get back to the cities man.