Painting Test – Oxidized Metal

A long, long time ago, a company came up with the idea to make a miniatures game with pre-painted plastic miniatures, and they would sell those miniatures as random allotments in sets of seven in sealed boxes. They called it Mage Knight (WizKids Games). Like baseball cards, the rare ones were the good ones, and there were tons and tons of commons. They sold a bunch and made a good deal of money. Then they thought, “Hey, I bet if we make metal versions that players have to construct and paint, they’ll sell great, too!”

They were quite wrong.

So, years later I find three neat metal figures in the super-discount bin at a gaming store north of town. A Steam Golem, a Brass Golem (or maybe a Bronze Golem, I don’t remember) and a Storm Golem. Back when I played the game, the Storm Golem was a rare, and really powerful. But the Steam Golem, though kind of a pud as golems go, was a really cool sculpt. So I’ve started to paint him up.

The rusty Steam Golem

The rusty Steam Golem

I positioned him on a fancy resin base I bought at Gen Con this year. I brush primed him with black gesso (I’ll explain that another time, perhaps) and then coated him with cheap Delta Ceramcoat acrylic from Hobby Lobby. The color is Brown Iron Oxide, because I want him to look rusty and corroded. Then I covered him with another Delta Ceramcoat color, Hippo Grey.

I don’t know if I got a bad batch of this particular paint or what, but the stuff doesn’t cover well at all. Normally, that would make me angry, but what it means here is that this grey color allows the color you paint under it to really bleed through in an interesting way. In this case, these two simple colors and a sepia wash have made this figure look rusty and covered in a slightly green patina, which is what I was hoping for.

I’ll have more on the progress of this figure as it goes.

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7 Responses to “Painting Test – Oxidized Metal”


  1. 1 steev May 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    cool looking guy. we have a couple hundred mage knight guys, all purchased from chimera in fdl. the kids like to play with them, so many of them are broken. still it’s inspiring to see them setting up huge armies of figures around towers they built out of blocks. there are some really stupid sculpts in the mage knight system, but the golems are all pretty good.

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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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