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1) My friend told me you are supposed to water down citadel paints, is this true? (I know you should with foundations)
2) How much faster do you use paint with the citadel paint gun? (looks like an awful amount of paint you gotta put in there.)
I can't speak to the spray gun, but you should water pretty much all paints before you use them. Most paints are not meant to be used right out of the pot. The citadel washes are the only exception that I know of. Without wetting the paints, the result looks caked on.
Keep in mind whatever paint you have left over from the spraygun you can pour back into the pot. That is unless you are mixing colors... in that case I would probably recommend picking up an empty bottle to pour the mixture into. You can also mix less paint. This is a trial and error type thing.
As already stated it is a good idea to thin all your paints.
@Canew You dont need to water them down, just scrape alot of the paint of the brush.
@slorak Why the hell would I pour it back in if its mixed with water?
Firstly. Canew is completely correct. I cant think of a single paint barring perhaps the metallics that I dont water down. perhaps you dont HAVE to water them down, but you will get smoother results assuming you arent doing a paint by numbers single colour on every panel.
Secondly, if you dont like advice given, you thank them for the advice, and simply dont follow it. You dont need to reply with some open ended, back handed comment to someone who was simply trying to help you in the first place.
As for watering down paint... if you don't water it down or thin it - you will tend to have uneven layers painted on the figure. Usually the pigments are too thick and that will lead to brush strokes, uneven layers, and possible detail loss. If you are interested in improving your painting rather than doing the minimum to "get the job done" thinning paints is a very important key step to improving...
Just food for thought...
Totally agree with watering down paints not only for the reasons already mentioned, but it will make painting easier. With thinner paints some of the color underneath will show slightly as well which will significantly increase how well blending from one color to another looks. As well, mistakes will not be as noticeable if it has been thinned rather than having a thick stripe of mistake caked on.
The only time you dont water down is when you want to drybrush. Wiping paint off the brush makes it look chalky after the first 10 seconds of trying to paint
As for the spray gun, I'm not sure about the GW one but I use another airbrush for some base coats or main colors on tanks. You should water these down quite a bit, about 2:3 paint to water to prevent clogging and to get more out of the paint. It is fairly good on paint consumption but there will be some wasted from the amount left stuck in the canister which cannot be poured back into the pot. I think it's worth it for the time saved and the even coverage on large areas.
I did a chimera, rhino and 2 sentinels for the base coat and took about 1/3 of the paint pot with the 2:3 watered down ratio. I would think that to do something the size of a tank would take about 1/5 of the pot