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I'm having real trouble when it comes to blending paints, its an effect id really like to use on my DH's power swords/ force weapons, maybe even for heraldry, however i cant for the life of me do it. Ive tried looking for videos online but ive had no look finding something thats helpfull.
Is there anyone who can point me in the direction of a video(s) that can help me out on this one? Or someone who could prehaps explain what needs doing?
Below is what nearly all my attempts turn out like.
Last edited by V3xx; September 9th, 2009 at 22:40.
Our very own DavidWC09 has a tutorial here with videos with tips and explanations about washes, layering, glazes, and blending. http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ts-gorger.html
number one thing to remember is water your paint down nice and smooth and also there should be very little paint on your brush while you're applying it
don't overdue it and pull the paint back off the model, once you get a layer on, stop and let it dry
always paint the same direction
keep in mind where you want the blend to start and stop
judging from your picture it looks like you get carried away (most likely because it's not turning out as you've hoped) while you're blending it that's why you basically end up with a blotchy red shoulder pad
also red is really hard to cover black with
the first biggest mistake it that you are blending red over black. also blending red with black will be hard. try white primer, red basecoat, bled red wit a darker red, not black
Keep the paint diluted and thin :)
(first rule in Zentradis book of painting)
thanks for the replys, whats the ideal ratio i should be aiming for when watering down my paints?
i dont know why i chose red to try blending with, but ill have a look at these links and try blending silvers into black when i get home from town today
it's hard to say the exact ratio, at least 1:1. it should be drying fairly quickly after you paint it on.
i would try doing something like a red/orange blend or a dark green/blue to a light green/blue for my first try
try it on something flat like a sword or a flat part of sprue
you'll know when you get it because it'll look good. once you get a good blend you can apply it to larger areas and curved spots (such as the shoulder pad)
Basically, thin it down as much as you can. If you find that when you paint it on, it puddles and flows "downhill," it's probably a little too thin. The good news is, you can do multiple coats of "too thin" paint and it will still look great. One coat that's too thick... well, not a ton you can do about that.
Attempt 2 and 3, I'm only using a tester marine at the moment, on the chainsword ive tried going from Chaos Black through to Mithril Silver, using Chainmail and Bolt Gun metal aswell, on the shoulder pad I've tried going from Dark Angels Green through to UltraMarines Blue.
Am i heading in the right direction in term of improvment? Anything that looks like I need to improve on?
definitely an improvement
you need to have an area that's JUST green. you're taking the blue too high up. you want to be able to see solid green and solid blue on the model to keep up your contrast between the colors.
how long did that take?