The brass effect
Steady on there chaps I said brass not ass, there will be no talk of burrows, donkeys or mules around these here parts by George.
I recently painted up a few pieces of artillery to keep my French brigade company on those long cold winters nights and decided to try something a little different from just slapping on some GW Brazen Brass or Vallejo Bronze. I’m not sure as to the success of the trial but as the cannon are AB miniatures the barrels are far too small for anyone to notice……
….so mucking it up wont be the worse thing that has happened in the last 20 minutes. The barrels shown here have a black brown artist acrylic (oil paint would work just as well) painted over a citadel brazen brass undercoat. Next up the excess acrylic was carefully wiped off the barrel before it had time to set hard leaving a dark shadow around the raised sections.
Finally I have drybrushed the barrel with some citadel bright gold not too much just enough to highlight the raised areas and the larger straight lengths of the barrels. The photo below highlights how well the ‘black brown’ toned the original brass undercoat to a nice warm bronze (breach area). this will be worth remembering with hard plastic 28mm hoplites now on the market.
It has perhaps come out brighter than need be and maybe a thin wash of panes grey would fix that. It would do to remember that this is 15/18mm scale so a bit of extra oomph brightness wise isn’t necessarily a bad thing, not to mention the barrels are woefully under size 😛