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    ink wash gone bad

    hey
    i just inkwashed my first ever tatical squad. When the ink dried i excpected a really cool result but i didn't get the shade effect... :cry:
    i just put an evenly coat of thined out black ink pver the whole mini...
    what went wrong???


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    Well covering the entire mini with ink is not a good idea - especially on Space Marines. You should only paint the areas that are to be shaded (cracks etc.) and leave the rest unwashed. I actually highlight as well as shade my minis. I use wash/ink first and then highlight when it's dry.

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    Maybe you should use thinned down ink, in painting tips they always use a 50/50 thinned down black ink. Personally I just thinned down my Chaos Black paint
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    what exactly do you highlight??? only the edges??? or othr thins aswell???

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    ...but i didn't get the shade effect... i just put an evenly coat of thined out black ink pver the whole mini...
    what went wrong???
    No idea, sounds like a typical use of black ink. I think the miniature should be well shaded. I really do not understand what the problem is.

    A critical part of information you have neglected to mention was the base coat. What was the original color of the minis before you gave them an ink wash? I hope they were a dark, neutral color (black over yellow may not look to good).

    Ink washes can give a sheen to your minis. The best way to tone it down and 'soften' the color is to drybrush the entire miniature (or along the edges, but a second drybrush of a lighter color would work best for this). The recessed areas will still maintian the wash and keep the dark shading you have applied to the mini.

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    the undercoat was black...
    but i think i might not have thined the ink out enough

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    Hrmmm, I do not think giving a black ink wash is going to help much with shading a black undercoat. However, I honestly think giving 2 drybrushes (one being a lighter color than the other) of a grey would really help in bringing out the detail of the figures, and still retain the shading from the ink.

    As another note, I usually paint one mini whenever I do a new color scheme. That way, I only have to repaint one if things do not look like well after finishing it.

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    What colour were the Marines gonna end up being? What chapter were they (this is of no import if they are home-grown). Because knowing what the undercoat was is no good. We need to know what the base coat is.

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    here does:
    undercoat.black
    base coat:dark angels green
    As you probably see i collect the DAs...

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    So..... the coat of paint you were washing was not black but green... Next time use a green wash of ink. Mixing ink washes over other base coat colors can be very tricky.

    Here is the deal with inks, they not only add depth to the cracks and niches of a figure, but they also add some color to the higher points. They add a wonderful amount of color texture to the mini, highlighting raised surfaces while adding color to 'shade' the model.

    If you want to just add some color to the miniature to bring out the detail, use a wash of watered down paint. This leaves very little pigment on the raised surfaces of the figure.

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