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Painting: Painting with Acrylic
Discuss Acrylic painting techniques.
NMM painting
Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: August 07, 2004
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 04:46 AM UTC
Hi all,

As I am painting Indhira, I have become to the part that should be painted in a kind of metal. As it will be gold plated harness, I want to paint it like that, but I have no idea how I should do that. I paint with acrylics and I have heard of NMM technique? What's it stand for and can someone explain to me what it is all about?


Minnesota, United States
Joined: February 20, 2007
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 08:05 AM UTC
Hilbert, NMM stands for Non-Metallic Metal and is a technique used to simulate metallic surfaces using flat (or non-metallic) paints. It was quite popular with the wargaming miniatures crowd several years ago but I think it may have fallen a bit out of favor by now.

Essentially, by simulating reflections from a light source onto a given surface, it gives the illusion that the surface is metal. The problem I have found with this technique is that the model only looks good from one viewing position, since the reflections are forced rather than natural. This means that the model will photograph very well but when you see it in person and rotate around it, it tends to look a bit...odd. This is just my personal assessment and others may disagree.

Hop over to www.coolminiornot.com and take a look at the models there. You should have no trouble finding many examples of this technique on that site. To get you started, you might first read this very thorough article on the subject by one of their contributors entitled "My thoughts on NMM...".

Good luck!