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ok... so there is the following that i understand and i can somewhat competently do given the time and patience.
basing, washing, drybrushing, blending/layering, and most other more basic concepts...
but what i don't understand is glazing... is it a wash for highlights? is it meant to tie all of your layers of highlights together int a more uniform transition? if so what shade are you supposed to use to do it?
this question is based on DavidWC09's video on painting chaos marauder flesh.
or here: YouTube - Painting Miniatures for Beginners: Step 3 of Flesh
where you end up seeing the largest difference is at 0:56 sec on this video, and i am trying to replicate this using other colors.
i'm just a little confused...
thanks everyone for there help :-) and i will post up some pics of my first blending/layering attempt sometime soon
This might help:
Chest of Colors :: Glazes
I sympathize with your confusion. It took me a looong time just to understand what a glaze WAS, and I'm still working on learning how to use them properly myself.
The way I get it: Take a drop of paint. Now, add, I dunno, 10 drops of your favorite thinner (be it water, or some sort of chemistry set mixture of ingredients), maybe a few more, and there's your wash, right?
Ok, now take THAT and add many MORE drops of water to it, plus a good 5-6 drops of Vallejo glaze medium (not necessary, but very useful if you can get it). That's the first step.
Next, the application, which is where the real difference comes out. Basically, like with a wash, you want to "blot" off quite a bit of the glaze from your brush. In other words, don't take the brush with a big swollen droplet of paint/glaze hanging from the tip and hit the model. Instead, touch it to a paper towel a bit, and "wick" off a lot of that fluid. Next, use the glaze to "paint" the model. Washes are more often used to shade recesses, where hopefully the shading color will "pool." Here, you want to put VERY LITTLE glaze/paint on the surface of a model. The coating should be so thin, you won't even know anything's there aside from the wet sheen. Kinda like you are "glazing" it. Geddit?
The trick to glazing is patience and repetition. The first glaze layer you put on the model won't look like much. Nor will the second. Or the third. It's when you've done 5-10 layers or more that you'll start to notice a subtle, translucent hue building up. The good news is, the layers are so thin, they dry fast, much faster, I find, then "regular" painting does. With experience, you'll learn to drop tons of layers in, say, half an hour.
You'll also need to experiment with how much thinner, how much glaze medium (if you even use it), etc. I think everyone does it differently. If you find it's not working well, try using less thinner. Experiment. Try it out on some sprue or a "test" model first.
Why do this? Well, washes, by comparison, have a stronger pigment (less thinning agents), use more (you can, in fact, slather on washes and make it look good, on occasion), and slip into the recesses for shading. Glazes are MUCH more controlled, and more carefully directed. They can be used to "tint" a surface all by themselves, but I think they're at their best when used to enhance other effects. You've read about layered blending? Well, glazes will help make the layers look more like a gradual change in color (the way they should look) and less like a series of stripes. Do a search for Mayor Quimby's Eldar WIP thread and check out the Striking Scorpions for a really good example. He also told me in the thread how he uses glazes in conjunction with traditional layering technique to achieve a stunningly smooth transition effect. I'm working on emulating that with some of my stuff now. It takes time, but I'm learning, and if I can do it, you can too.
Good luck, and post WIP pics of your work! We'd all love to see it!
thanks guys really appreciate the help that makes a lot more sense to me now :-) i'll have to see about getting some glaze medium and try it out :-)
maybe even make a tutorial of some sort since LO doesnt really have a glazing tutorial yet :-) we shall see how the cards fall :-)