Dieter lead the charge, and did a complete write up on modelmates rust effect, so the last time I was at the local GW shop, I grabbed a bottle of the new technical paint; Nihilakh Oxide. I was interested to try their new technical line, and had the perfect model to experiment on... the statue from the Honored Imperium box.
I was pretty happy with the way this statue looked already. I aged it using Biel-tan green wash, and felt the weathering was suitable enough. The paint job highlights the sculptural details, and doesn't look flat or uninteresting. But I was curious to see how far the new paints would push the look.
I applied the Nihilakh Oxide with a medium brush evenly over the model. It had a very watery consistency, much like their washes, or "shades". It spread over the model easily, and settled into the cracks and recesses quickly.
Frankly, that's all there was to it. I did use a little water on the brush to wipe the top surfaces clean, and used a dry brush to sop up some of the excess where it pooled, but that was it.
The effect is relatively realistic, and when applied over an already washed and dry-brushed coat of bronze, really takes on a life of its own. When you compare this to the original photo above, you can see that my initial weathering job with the Biel-tan shade was much too subtle.
I generally stay away from GW paints and products, but have to admit that this technical paint delivered an easy and realistic effect to the statue. Highly recommended.