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Best chrome silver paint

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Best chrome silver paint
Posted by retdfeuerwehr on Sunday, September 13, 2020 1:37 PM

   I'm painting up a bunch of Victrix Roman soldiers and I'd like to paint their gladii blades a more realistic color than plain ol' silver...what would be the best, most realistic chrome silver paint to use?

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, September 13, 2020 2:01 PM

Considering that Chromium Steel is a fairly modern development, well past Roman times, I’d suggest using a basic steel color, such as Testors square bottle. Perhaps mixed in with a bit of their silver for a more polished look. And then of course drybrushed silver highlights.


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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, September 13, 2020 3:59 PM

I like the old testors square bottle chrome.  Great stuff.  For natural metals I like alclad - airbush only though 



  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Monday, September 14, 2020 6:22 AM

For a bright, shiny, chrome silver look at Molotow markers.  This is an alcohol-based ink that is very reflective.  Markers come in 1mm, 2mm, & 4mm sizes.  They are my go to source for painting landing gear oleos.   Available at Hobby lobby and Staples office supply (in my area). 

EDIT:  If you google AIRBRUSH MOLOTOW CHROME you can see some of the auto & scifi modelers airbrushing this stuff with a high gloss finish.    Amazon has 30ml refill bottles that are airbrushable without having to break into a pen.  It is sort of expensive, about a dollar per ml   But if your are seeking a dazzling chrome finish on a model part it looks better than most metalizers and is cheaper than an aftermarket vacuum deposition chrome service


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    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, September 14, 2020 12:37 PM

I agree with stikpusher. Roman swords would not have a highly polished finish. They might polish their swords for parades, but the swords still would not look like chrome.

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