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I am having some serious problems with this color. I am attempting to paint the "skin" on my tyranids purple and layer up to white or a very pale blue. problem is every time I try I get weird colors that are more pink or grey than anything.
Right now i am only basically using liche purple,bleach bone, skull white, and ice blue in varying amounts.
I have been trying to find a picture of the finished result i am looking for but I am having no luck, but when I do I will post it.Thanks
Ultramarines is a blueish purple that will be a lavender purple color (not pink) when you start adding white. I really don't know what your color scheme is so I can't help you much.
Purple can be a funny colour at times. Adding too much to highlight with can indeed end up with it going, as you've found out, a greyish colour. It generally turns to lilac if you get it right. One thing I have found is that by adding blue or red you can turn it towards a cold look (blue) or a warm one (red). But if you try this route, be warned that adding too much can make it turn to the blue or red.
Hope this helps in some way.
I found that adding white to Liche purple only made it go pink. I got a better 'light purple' ( = lavender for my purposes) by adding some shadow grey to the mix.
Later, I found Vallejo do a couple of light purples - 'violet blue' and 'azure' - that mix OK with Liche purple for highlight shades while staying purple.
Thanks everyone I tried out a couple of mixtures with the grey, blue and red on a piece of paper and i think I am going to paint liche purple, ink purple, then a 3 to 1 mixture of liche purple and ultramarines blue, then 1 part ultramarines blue 1 part astronomican grey and 3 parts liche purple. And the last layer is 1 part astronomican gret and 1 part liche with highlights of bleached bone. Thanks for all your help i will be sure to post pics when I am done.
Also when you finish the layering, hit it with some purple ink to even it out and blend the colour graduations.
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