I picked up an Honored Imperium back when it came out. Very early on, I decided I wanted to paint it up as brass/bronze and weather it up with verdigris.
Mind you, I don’t weather my minis. When done well, weathering looks amazing, but more often it ends up looking, in my opinion, pretty terrible. Really, really terrible.
So, expectations for myself are pretty high… but this is a pretty safe place to try it out on. It’s a piece of scenery that I can strip back down without too much trouble, not a freaking army.
I’ve played around with a couple of approaches. Unfortunately, I’ve stripped and repainted over some of them before I realize I’ve done it and forgotten to take pictures.
A Gentleman’s Verdigris
Probably the best (and only) great verdigris tutorials come from b. smoove. He’s got two, in fact: his Chaos Marines and a darker, greener approach for Ogres.
I haven’t quite followed his walkthroughs to the letter (I was working on it and got test models mixed up and switched halfway through: d’oh!). Here are some results from, following some of his steps.
This is from going much heavier on Burnished Gold (as opposed to the Shining Gold I usually use), with a wash of Scaly Green, Goblin Green and Hawk Turquoise and then an attempt at AGO’s metallic wash (1:1:2 Thraka Green : Leviathan Purple : Water) thinly applied. It’s lacking a final drybrush of Burnished Gold, though.
Look at the backpack here. This is kind of a halfway: my usual brass (Shining Gold -> Burnished Gold -> Devlan Mud) and then wrapping up the AGO Ogre way: a wash of Dark Angels Green and Scaly Green followed by a Burnished Gold drybrush.
These look ancient and evil. Really nasty. It’s really a great freaking effect.
I like this look… but not for the statue and not for generic patina.
Also, after an extended e-mail exchange by the unbelievably helpful Mister Justin asking for his advice on how one would go about using weathering powders to get verdigris, I went ahead and ordered his Oxide Weathering Pigments. (It’s interesting: there are a ton of videos bouncing around the internet on how to use pigments for rust and, the best of my knowledge, no videos about how to use pigments for verdigris.)
Here are some examples of unskilled efforts to use the oxide powders:
Where I Think I’m Going