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I'm pretty new to the whole Warhammer 40k thing and one of the things that I really liked about it, was the ability to let your imagination run wild with your paint jobs. I recently acquired some Plague Bearers for my Chaos Daemon army and I like the paint jobs in the Codex. In short, I want to be able to blend from a dark colour to a light colour (yes in Canada color is spelled with a "u"!) especially on their belly. Having a colour transition almost seamlessly is beyond me and it has been 25 years or so since high school art class! Any good tips on this; I haven't got any fancy equipment such as an air brush. I have good old fashioned horse hair brushes and GW paints (plus other acrylic paints).
But on to the question, the best way that I find to blend is to start with a basecoat of your darkest color. The next part depends on how good you want the blend to be. If you are willing to put forth the effort, you can do multiple transition colors between the dark basecoat and the lightest color. To do this, you would say take a 4:1 ratio of darkest color:lightest color. Slightly water this down, and paint up from either a recess or if you are doing a flat surface, do it a few milimeters away from the edge of the darkest color.
Repeat this process covering less and less of the space you are painting, yet with increasing ratios of light color:dark color. So after the 4:1 of dark:light, do 3:2, then 2:3, then 1:4. Finally, do a very small highlight of your pure bright color.
The key to this is to have thinned paints, as they will allow the darker base coat and successive coats to show through, and give a smooth transition. If your paints are too thick, you will instead get solid lines of color.
Hopes this helps!