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Every miniature figures painter has their own special technique or tool. Mine is Liquitex Paynes Grey. I use it as an almost universal shading wash. Using a combination of Paynes Grey and drybrushing, you can churn out table top quality figures pretty quickly. Because it's actually a deep blue-grey, it can deepen and shade a number of colors without making them look dirty, as a true black would do. I use Paynes Grey to shade reds, browns, greys, blues, greens, and even light colors. Not only does this make Paynes Grey very utilitarian, you can use larger brushes to apply it and that translates into painting speed.
Here's the same Brettonian "arrowbow guy" (as my kids call them) that I used in the Citadel wash test. The guy on the left is just basecoats, the guy on the right is the same basecoats with a single Paynes Grey wash over the entire figure.
I must say that's quite a good return on the time investment. I may have to get some but I'll probably forget.
Up, up and away!
Is it a certain type of paint from them? they have stuff like medium viscosity and such, so is that it?
Good to know...I'll pu tit on my shopping list next time I'm looking for paint...Thanks.
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Definitely a good thing for sprucing up a quick paintjob. They look very nice.
I noticed that on your bloodletter step by step you have one figure that you used the Paynes Grey on and one that you used Badab black wash...
Did you notice much difference between the two? Which one in your opinion looked better? Obviously if you didn't have either it might be worth picking up the paynes grey but I wonder if it would be worth it if you already had the wash.
Thanks for sharing. Very cool.
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To be honest, on the red, the Citadel wash and the Paynes Grey return very similar results. The key difference for me, at least for reds, is quantity vs. convenience. The 2 oz bottle of Liquitex is equivalent (pre-dilution) to 60 ml of Citadel wash. When diluted, it's probably equivalent to 2-3 that. The 12 ml pot of Citadel wash however, can be used right out of the bottle. So I find myself using the citadel wash to do spot shading, where as I use the liquitex when I'm washing an entire unit.