[Archive] Advice on weathering powders


I am going to put some rust weathering powder on my skaven metals, but I’m not sure which one would be best?

The FW ones look quite good (and cheaper for postage)


A wider variety here

Plastic Model Kits - Models For Sale Ltd. - Vallejo Pigments


I would go with FW as there are cheaper


I’ve only used Mig pigments and like them quite a lot. I still have a lot to learn in applying them so can’t help much, but make sure you have something to “fix” them when they’re on the model. Rubbing alcohol works if you don’t have the real fixative.


Would a good spray of matt varnish do it?


To a point, yes. In the end its going to be dusty and easily rubbed off, I think, but the rubbing alcohol is to get the piles of pigment to cement together. Dab the powders into the cracks and places you need them, load up some fixative/alcohol and let capillary action pull it through the pigment.

I’m sure you’ve already done it, but I’d look around for some scale model tutorials on using pigments in different ways, because there’s a range of stuff you can do with them.

This might help too (dunno, haven’t read it :slight_smile: )

Not just pigments, but some good weathering info:
Ultrawerke: Painting and Weathering Tutorial: Part IV (and last)

Youtube has a ton of videos, but YMMV:


I've only used Mig pigments and like them quite a lot.

I have heard the that Mig pigments are excellent. I personally have not used them, but I have seen some really nice WW2 tanks (and the like) made to look fantastic using this product. One day I will try it myself.

Please post pictures of your skaven models, when you are finished.


Seeing as practically everyone is saying go with Mig, I will order some as soon as paypal clears.

Old Rust

Standard Rust

Light Rust

Pigment Fixer

I found a decent store in the UK that has free postage over £10 :)  http://www.empiregamestore.co.uk

Thanks for the links btw GRNDL.

Pyro Stick:

I was thinking of getting some weathering powder to weather my iron warrior tanks. I was just going to go for Mig as well. Let me know how they turn out. Forge World have a pdf on how to use the powder: http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Downloads/Product/PDF//w/weathering-powders.pdf


Will do.  My skaven army is shaping up nicely at the moment (about 25 slaves, 16 clanrats, 12 plague monks and plagueclaw catapult painted so far), so once I get these I will have a go then take some photos.

I happened to notice on one of the websites GRNDL gave a tip on painting on weathering by dipping a green pan scourer in a slightly darker coloured paint then dabbing it on.  That would work well on a GW tank.

Here, about 3/4 the way down

Ultrawerke: Painting and Weathering Tutorial: Part I


we want to see your skaven! don’t keep them for your self:D