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(Wall of text incoming, wasn't my intention but my questions just kept coming to mind! Hope you got the time to read through it and help a new painter out.)
Hey everyone, recently got back to the 40k universe and i am close to start painting again. But i have tons of questions first, hope you can help me out!
1, I found my old citadel paints, half full and all, but most of them are all messed up. Thick like butter in sunshine. Is there anything that can happen to the citadel colors if you leave them for to long (over 5 years ago i touched them) Or can you just sprinkle water in and shake it and use it? Or does the pigment take damage over time. Maybe i should just buy new ones? A shame to throw away all those colors tho.
2, I will base coat my new units with the new foundation colors from GW but i am more and more leaning towards the Vallejo colors. The foundation colors i will base coat in is
Eldar, Necron Abyss and Astronomican grey
Space Marines, Chaos Black and Mechrite Red
If i were to buy some equivalent color from Vallejo would you still spot the difference? Or could i venture off and paint with my foundation colors and switch to Vallejo at anytime and it would still work? Or would it be even better to stay base coating with the citadel colors and maybe use Vallejo for highlights, shading and similar stuff?
3, Using the citadel colors/inks for now, what would you choose for colors for highlights and shadows. Last time i painted models i was 15 and had no ambition at all, this time i want to become a good painter. But i think i realy need hints and helps on the way there, i understand that darker colors for shading and lighter for highlights right? But would you mix colors yourself or just use a darker tone thats availible at stock?
4, This one is about bases. When you are to flock your bases, do you glue your model to the base before or after you do the base? I got mine lying with no bases on at the moment, but i also see the trouble it will be to glue on a space marine to a base full of small rocks.
5, Does anyone know the real difference between Vallejo model and game colors? What do you use (if you use any of those), i will most likely switch to Vallejo as they are both cheaper and more volume, but got no clue if its the model or game colors i am after,
Well hope you can help me out here, and hopefully i can start a huge WIP project and keep pictures coming with my extremely bad skills for you all to point and laugh at, but with time i might improve.. thats my goal at least.
To answer some of your questions you can base coat with the foundation or Vallejo it does not make much of a difference. I use a wide range paints ranging from Citadel, Reaper, Vallejo, Ceramcoat, and flolk art paints for everything like basecoating to highlighting. You don't necessarily need to stick with a certain paint company for basecoats or highlights. The only difference in the paints are the available colors. The game colors are formulated to be a close match to the citadel paints while the model colors have various colors including military colors. For basing you can do either step, its just personal preference.
If you need help trying to figure out what colors would match the citadel paints or any others you can use this site to find what you are looking for. Color Match 1.0
Foundation paints are very handy, even if you plan to use another line I personally would look at getting the set of these - or just those colours most relavant. There is no problem with mixing gw paints and vallejo (of either line) together. I personally have numerous paints from all three lines.
For basics you really need three shades of the same colour. A dark one for the shade, a midtone for the base and a light one for the highlight. Of course that is just basic stuff. The more confident with painting you become the more you'll find yourself with various mixtures, adding a touch of one to another for a new shade. It comes with practice. I would also make sure you have a pot of white and black paint, invaluable for many reasons.
I usually glue my minis on after doing the base. I find its easier as it allows me to consider the base seperately and so I can do more with it, and I won't be getting paint on the mini when painting the base. I think a little forethought into the base and you'd be OK. Perhaps do a test position for the mini's location.
The model colour range is much, more expansive. There are lots for each colour, and I think there is a slight difference in the pigment or binder. Game colour is essentially the GW line, just slightl different, altered names and in dropper bottles.