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Yes: Only unskilled painters need to use Washes or Inks
No: It is one of the many techniques available to painters
I've recently heard painters discussing painting techniques where one painter discribed washing/inking as "cheating". I'm wondering if this is a common perception in the gaming community or is it just an elitist viewpoint.
John Bonnot, former staff painter for Reaper Miniatures, says if you're not cheating, you're not painting.
Good painters uses washes and glazes as a regular part of their work. They're not only acceptable, they're desirable to achieve certain effects.
Nope, just extremely useful. Make the most of what is available.
Dude, anyone who games with more than just plastic grey and silver models gets my full support. Dipping leads to bad results, but i would hardly apply a term like "cheating". Cheating is taking your opponents models off the table when he isn't looking.
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Sounds like somebody was just jealous when he saw someone else with a "better" looking army that took 1/4 the effort. It can be just glib too. I call my buddy who dips 'cheater' all the time in jest. Reality is he has a lot more fully painted nice looking armies than I do, even if those models of mine that are painted generally look better!
there is no such thing as cheating when it comes to art.
(well, i'll bet there are examples, but not in this case)
It's a perfectly legitimate way to achieve blends and shading that otherwise would be naseuosly time-consuming to achieve by standard bristle 'n paint -methods.
However, i'd recommend anyone just picking painting up to try doing shades and blending/feathering by hand, just so the person knows how it all actually works.
After all, the broader your base of knowledge about painting is, the higher you can climb as a painter.
Da vinci was rather famous for using washes and glasing.
Last edited by arachnid; May 21st, 2009 at 23:35.
I'd have to say definitely not!
It may be one of the easier techniques, but you can't always be blending and glazing and going really in depth on every single model.
Some people (perhaps like the person you heard using the term cheating) paint soley for display purposes, and perhaps there would be a view in such a scene that washing or inking was cheating.
But for people attempting to paint up an army in a week or two... it's something that's effective and fast, and can vastly improve a basic paintjob.
Maybe it does just depend on what you're painting (and how much you're painting!) as to where you stand on the matter.
Heres an example where its just about necessary: metallics! Without washes and glazes to put some depth of colour, they are extremely dull and turn out quite poorly, as most colours do not mix well with metallic paints (grey scale metallics are meh). As such, it is in no way cheating if its a required technique, and frankly, it can take just as long to do a lot of glazes and washes properly on some metal as it would to blend up a solid colour IMO. (crazy metals tutorial, using guess what? glazes and washes! - http://www.coolminiornot.com/article/aid/649)
Marines - All built, 4/5 painted. Tau - 3/4 built, 0 painted. 'crons - 1/2 built, 1/2 painted.
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