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I have looked in the book on how to paint citadel miniatures and none of my friends could tell me but no one can clearly explain how to blend so I was wondering if anyone here can help me All help appreciated
Ah, how to blend varies depending on what you want to do exactly but I will try to provide some help. Blending is basically fancy highlighting of shading. If you use some darker paint to make the craks on a model look darker this is basically blending. Try to make sure you have good control over the amount of paint you are using. Also I suggest that you use aa fine detail brush. Water down your paint and apply a small amount of it to the area you want to blend. Gently smooth the colours together until you are pleased you have the result you want.
You should also consider the colours you are using. If you want to blend red with blue you will find that when combined red and blue become purple. Often to get blending right it requires practice. Always keep a close eye on how things are going and be prepared to remove some of the paint you have applied if something goes wrong. I think more information can be provided about this for you if you tell us what you want to blend as there are so many ways to blend.
Perhaps this link might help:
Miniatures 102 â€” Shading & highlighting - BrushThralls.com
They talk a bit about some general painting terms, including blending, and there are some pictures further down. The models are from Warmachine, but of course the same principles apply.
Hope that helps =).
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I've heard that for wet blending, this stuff called "acrylic blending medium" is a godsend. It is essentially the acrylic paint without any pigment, so you can thin your paints without watering them down and making them dry faster.
I've tried wet blending without it, and the paint dries out too much before you can draw it out with reasonable effectiveness.
If you're not interested in wet blending though, just use a bunch of highlights and gradually mix the paint on the pallete. Not quite as smooth as wet blending, but still definitely worthy of special models if you use enough coats.
thanks for that everyone
I don't know if I just misinterpreted the new How to Paint book, but it sounded like you put your paint down then try to remove some to get the blending affect. Or were they talking about using watered down layers and build up from there?
As others have said, there are lots of different ways to get a blended look.
Basically, for me at least, wet blending gives a gradual transition of colour from one to the next. It's easier on bigger, flatter surfaces (flags,jetbikes etc) bt you can do it on incredibly small surfaces like faces etc as well. I find it very useful for doing OSL on eyes of marines.
There are lots of ways people do this but for me the easiest way is to thin down colour (glaze medium and other types of drying retarder work sonders here). I blend light into dark rather than the other way round so:
1)dark colour is already on the model (*say the creases in the robe)
2) Pick lighter colour and put some (thinned) near to the darker colour (where you want that colour to be 'full')
3) Wet your brush (spit works for me!) and 'pull' the lighter colour into the darker colour... The trasnsition should be quite gradual.
4) ri8nse and repeat
I find, for best results to use a few layers but that's my choice.
I am by now means amazing at this but my models do look pretty good usually.
As someone else said, layering (awesome but extremely time consuming), highlighting and glazing (kind of) give similar effects. Takes a while but once you get it it's good fun.
Thanks wingwong that helps clarify things a bit.
One of the easiest ways to create a blended color, I have found, is extremely thin laying, where you are dragging the pigment to create a 'blended' area. Now, this probably sounds confusing, so I'll throw in some steps.
1) Start with a base color. For this purpose we'll use 'SCAB RED'
2) Grab your next color, here 'RED GORE'
3) Water down the color until you can see through it when you spread it out.
4) Now, take said color, 'RED GORE' in this case, and drag your brush up the surface in the direction of the light. You should notice that where you end it's the strongest color.
5) After this dries, take the same color, 'RED GORE' in this case, and start another layer a little bit above the first, and do the same.
6) Repeat until you have a solid color.
7) Take your next color, here 'BLOOD RED', and do the same. starting a little bit below or next to your previous solid color.
Walah! A 'blended' surface! This process is very time consuming, but is very very rewarding, I have found, as there is less room for error to real blending.
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Could you give a picture example? That would be very helpful. Thanks in advance.