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Painting Marble Effects :

Recently there has been a surge in painting Gunpla with Marble effects. There are a lot of tutorials out there. A good example can be found following this link. Now that method uses sponges to get the marble patterns, but in this tutorial, I'll demonstrate an alternative method for when a sponge is either not on hand or unable to be used.

What you need :

  1. Paint (preferably a silver and a white but feel free to experiment with different colours).
  2. The piece you wish to paint with the marble effect. It is a must that the piece be painted black, which in this case has been done with Tamiya Acrylic Black.
  3. Paint brushes (ideally ones you may have used for dry brushing).
  4. Some paper towel.
  5. Clear Colour paint of your choice (not pictured).
  6. Air Brush (not pictured).
What you need

Step 1 :

Begin by dipping your brush into the silver paint and then paint the paper towel until there is barely enough paint left on the brush. This is identical to dry brushing.

Step 1

Step 2 :

Lightly 'dance' the brush over the piece so it leaves light silver marks over it. You don't want to apply too much pressure here as you don't want to cover the piece completely - you want to have larger amounts of black than silver.

Step 2
Step 2

Step 3 :

Now repeat Step 2, but this time use the white paint. Doing this will add different variations to the pattern that will be more evident at the end.

Step 3

Step 4 :

Now airbrush your clear colour of choice over the piece, in this case I have used Clear Blue. Several passes of the clear colour will result in a more deeper, vibrant colouration. At the point in the picture, it was on the second coat.

Step 4

Step 5 :

After several coats of Clear Colour (in this case 4 coats), this is what you end up with :


If you look closely, you can notice the slight variations in the blue where the white was used over the silver. Using the two colours helps make it look more like a natural marble that might be used in real life in a pillar or a bench top.

So there you have it, a very simple technique that results in a beautiful finish, and one that doesn't take all that long to achieve.