Dry brush paint
Dry brushing is a popular technique used in the scale modeling and wargaming community for creating a variety of effects. This technique involves using brushes with a small amount of paint to selectively highlight raised areas of a model, terrain piece, or miniature figure.
Dry brush paints are specifically designed and are thicker than traditional ones and have a higher pigment concentration, allowing the user to layer gradually to build up the desired effect and therefore making them ideal for creating a more subtle effect. They have a unique texture and consistency, which can help to create specific effects such as rust, weathering, or stone texture.
It is important to use a good quality, flat or round brush with flexible bristles. This will help to create the desired effect and ensure that the paint is applied evenly and without damaging their bristles. The brush should be loaded with a small amount of paint, and the excess should be removed before applying it to the model or terrain piece. This will help to prevent clumping and ensure that the paint is applied smoothly.
These paints are a great option for those who are new to the dry brushing technique, which can be used in a variety of applications, from highlighting the details of miniature figures to creating a weathered appearance on vehicles and terrain pieces. It is a versatile technique that can be used on a range of surfaces.
Common uses in modeling for Dry Brush Paints
These paints, in particular, are often used in this Dry Brushing technique. Here are some common uses in modeling:
- Highlighting details: They are often used to highlight the details on miniature figures, such as wrinkles in clothing, facial features, and weapons.
- Creating weathering effects: They are ideal for creating weathering effects on models, such as rust, dirt, and grime. By lightly dragging a dry paintbrush loaded with paint over the surface of the model, it creates a worn, weathered appearance.
- Adding texture: They can be used to add texture to a model's surface. For example, a dry brush with silver can be used to create the appearance of scratches on metal surfaces.
- Enhancing contrast: They can also be used to enhance contrast on a model's surface, creating a more visually appealing appearance. This is particularly useful when painting terrain pieces or large models.
- Painting scenery: They can be used to paint scenery, such as rocks, trees, and buildings. By using a dry brushing technique, it creates a more realistic appearance with subtle shades and highlights.