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Form & Figure: Painting wood grain and metal detail on a WWII rifle

Airbrush a realistic pattern on the gun carried by a Band of Brothers bust from Nuts Planet
RELATED TOPICS: FIGURES | AIRBRUSHING
For the September 2019 issue of FSM, I painted Nuts Planet's 200mm (1/10 scale) World War II U.S. 101st Airborne bust from the Band of Brothers miniseries.

In the article, I detailed the helmet, jacket, and, of course, the face and eyes. Here, I'll quickly show you how I created the realistic wood grain pattern on the rifle. Click on the images to enlarge them.

You can get the issue here.

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After the rifle was primed black and base-coated with charred brown, I airbrushed the wood grain using ivory and a paper mask.
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This didn’t look too bad, but it wasn't as detailed as I hoped.
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To increase the amount of detail, I went in with a paintbrush and added finer lines of ivory.
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I airbrushed Citadel Seraphim Sepia to blend everything together. This process of adding thin ivory lines followed by a coat of sepia can be repeated to give the gun more depth.
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For the metal parts, I painted with Citadel Leadbelcher. Light washes of Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade followed. Finally, highlights of bright silver gave the metal parts sheen.
Here is the finished rifle on the finished bust. See the full painting process in the September 2019 issue of FSM here.
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