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By comparison to inks how much different/better are they?
What are the main ones you use and would suggest trying.
Till now i've made use of my ancient pots of black ink and green/red.
They are most definately NOT the same as the inks. The inks used to stain the apint, wheras the washes just go into the recesses.
The main ones I use? Badab Black and Devlan mud. The black is great on top of metallic silvers, and the Mud is the same for Gold. They darken up models nicely, which is great for rank and file troops.
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Yea. Gotta agree with Riptor there. A lot of peopleswear by Devlan mud, I'm one of them
The colours are cool for tinted metal ang most look very good over white. I once had all my armies painted with just washes over white. Green and blue looked best IMO.
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Agreed. Devlin Mud and black are my most used as well. They are not nearly as pigmented as regular ink. Which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you are after.
I do think they did a superb job with them though and think they are worth the use. They don't stain and really do enhance your colors. I find the devlin mud to be a great base for working on rusted metal.
The other thing that is very important... They don't dry glossy. That was always a big downside to inks - the glossy finish.
Well worth trying out.
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Other thing about the inks that not told often (unfortunately) they not work well with varnish:
the varnish dillutes it and makes mess around, for example my only white model, an inquisitor had funny pink patches in the deep areas because the varnish washed it off from the cloak straight to the leg.
So: ink OR varnish
I like ink, they give a chitin like look on the armor, like black base+purple ink.
The sepia is awesome at painting blond hair- bone + sepia for the win.
The green makes orcks of all systems easy (deliberate misspelling)
The flesh gives a good, fairly ruddy, fleshy appearance.
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Badab Black and Devlan Mud are good for just about anything, especially making metals a piece of cake. I find myself making good use of Ogryn Flesh for (surprise!) skin and Gryphonne Sepia on scrolls and parchment.
Add another to the WASHES ARE AWESOME group.
I love them like no other, inks were cool and i still kinda perfer them for metal work(because of their shine) but for everything else washes!
My friend bought the set to add to our Paint stuff(his paints and my mega paint set[old one]) so im lucky to be able to use all of them and so far love them all. they realy help in smoothing the blending and by accident I made a nice effect on a farseer staff with the blue wash(the was it pooled from using excessive wash)