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Hello, I'm relatively new to painting, having painting my 1500 ork army with standard GW paints and only mixing up a batch or two of a custom Mordian blue + Mithril silver mettalic for some of they're weapons. I'm thinking of painting my new necron force with they're main color being a similar mix: Ultramarines blue with Boltgun Metal. However, something that's always bugged me is: How are you supposed to get paint out of one pot and onto the pallet in large quantities without either wasted a bunch and taking forever with things like toothpicks, or getting it all over the brush-stick?
I've been reluctant to ask this question because it seems so mundane, but I'm wondering if there's and pro-tips out there. Pouring doesnt seem very good with GW paint pots, and I don't want to waste my whole pot. Not to mention some of the paints I have don't really pour (Although I suppose I need to add water like alot of veteran painters do it sounds).
Currently I either just use my brush to try to get as much as I can on it, then put it on the pallete, or use a toothpick. The brush method is the most efficient, but still take 5-10 dips to get the amount of paint I want to mix. Not so bad for the first color, but it's hard not to contaminate the 2nd color with the first since I have to put them all in the same place. Plus, I usually end up having to waste a bunch of paint that got on the metal part above the bristles that I can't really get off without just washing it.
The toothpick isn't much better, it doesn't get alot of paint on it, but at least I can use different ones for each pot.
Both of these methods and up being a hassle, and I usually end up wasting paint since I need to "scrap" it off on the side of the pallet, and when it's that far from the rest of the paint it never mixes all the way. Seems like the best solution would be a tiny ladle so I could just drip it in. Maybe there's some kind of tool like this?
Edit: Looking at a similar thread I just had a revelation: You can unscrew the top. Somehow, I think this will make my life easier. However, I'm still open to paint mixing techniques, since I'm quite new to that either way!
Last edited by Vazzaroth; May 10th, 2010 at 03:15.
I am verbose. Sorry.
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If you're immersing your paint brush in the paint up to the ferrule (the metal bit) then you'll ruin your brush.
Instead of using the citadel paints you could use the vallejo game colour paints, they have the same range of colours, seem to have a bit more pigment that the citadel ones and come in a dropper bottle.
They're also cheaper.
As to the original post:
I would not suggest pouring, you are likely to waste great amounts of paint this way. I know some people buy eye dropper bottles and re-bottle the paint, making it easier to be consistent. Personally I have a couple of old brushes I use. I would suggest you have a dedicated mixing brush, that way if it gets ruining in the mixing process you are not then trying to paint with it. I dip it into the paint and transfer to a palette.
Citadel paints have unique lids with a lip on the inside for paint to hold for once its been shaken up.
Give it a good shake, and you should be able to not "dunk" your entire brush into the pot but rather roll the tip of the brush to pick up the desired blob of paint to bring onto your mixing palate
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I just use the back of the paintbrush I'm about to use most of the time. It seems to work well enough for me, but I haven't paionted a whole squad of minis in over a year. If you're painting a whole army, I'd think about getting a spray gun, or airbrush. Theres a company that sells coloured primer for miniatures but I can't remeber the name at this time of the night.
Cheers (I'll PM you a link in the morning)
I recently went to a local hobby shop (the kind with mostly model planes, trains and automobiles) to pick up some Tamiya clear red and found some packets of droppers.
They're actually Testors brand pipettes, and I was kicking myself for not buying them. They come in packs of 5 for ~$5US. Here's a link: Testors Pipettes
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I don't use too many GW paints but when I get the foundation paints out in any quantity other than a small brush full I use the McDonald's coffee stirrers. They have a flat plastic blade like end and it seems to work well enough... Unfortunately with the design of the GW bottles it is near impossible not to waste a little bit of paint. I wouldn't sweat too much over the loss. It will happen.
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