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I'm having trouble get my paint thinned out properly. I know you should do it but I either get it too thin and when painting get a layer that simply fades away or not thin enough in which case I lose all the detail. Unfortunately I have a lot of clumpy looking models now.
Method I use is
- Put a little paint into a paint tray
- Put a couple of drops of water in it
- Mix it about
Is there an easy or better way?
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Dwarfs 7000pts, HE 3500pts, VC 2500pts, Menoth 2500pts
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'A little paint' to 'a couple drops of water' sounds waaaay too thin. 'A drop' isn't exactly scientific of course, but the idea it conjures is far too much water. I usually put about three 'brush loads' of paint onto the palette using a crappy old #1 and then add one brush full (the actual capacity of the bristles, not with water running down off the handle etc) of thinner.
You can also get a smoother finish by adding something that breaks up surface tension to your water. There's a product in North America called Future Floor Wax that's popular. Somewhere between a 10%-25% solution in water really helps the paint go on smooth and if you do get a pool it won't dry into an ugly ring.