Sunday 14 June 2015

249: Rainbows on heated steel

Interference in thin films of oxide make heated steel pretty colours. So, the hot end of a gun can be painted light blue, and as you proceed to cooler parts it goes through purple to weak orange.

I got this idea from some blog or other, but could not find it again. (Let me know, if you have an example). I used it on a multi-melta.
Using inks/washes or possibly very thin paint build up some rings. Try to vary the intensity, so the colours blend. If it comes out a bit strong, it can be knocked back a touch by drybrushing with the base metal colour again. 

Update: Thanks to Siph, here's my reference.



  1. I just used a similar heat effect on the nozzles of my Xiphon Interceptor using a basic four washes scheme, I got the idea from Ron at From The Warp eons ago. It looks good in both versions, better than just a soot effect

  2. Thanks Siph, with that tip, I found it. Pretty sure this was the post that gave me the idea.

    I cant seem to figure out if I can get an image in the comments, so I will update the post with it.

    I would like to see how your Xiphon came out. Can you give a link?

  3. Yes fella

  4. Nice. I've been using the right colours, just not in any particular order. This should improve things.



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