I painted this nifty ruined temple set a few days ago. It was Sean's idea to make the pillars look like marble by drawing dark streaks on them. I was intimidated by the idea but forged ahead anyway, and while the results are far from perfect, I appreciated the practice and I think even this crude effort looks a bit better than pure white statuary.
Fake marble is tricky. I've found some good tutorials on it online, there are people who specialize in it. My own efforts aren't far different from yours.
I used a series of dry brush coats that are very close to the base coat in colour, but just a bit of variation. The trick is to keep the dry brush at a single, steady angle so that all the streaks are more or less diagonally parallel. Then paint in the fine dark lines, but also a very few pure white lines alongside to give them highlight.
My old JSVB logo has primitive marble, also here's another early attempt.
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