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Quick noobish-question: I want to paint a wash over parts of my Space Marines which are black and mechanite red. I wanted to use a grey-color, but there are no washes that are that color. So I was wondering how exactly to make my own wash? Thanks.
Paint + water or paint + mixing medium is what i do.
You know a good ratio to the mix? I think that Privateer Press makes their own mixing medium, does that work well with Citadel Paints?
Anyhow, the ratio would most likely be as thin/thick as you like it really.
If you're using a medium afaik the ratio is 9pts water :1 pt medium (stick that in an empty eye dropper for easy)
I havent used mediums yet myself (order is taking foreeeevverrr) so I cant give you much more than that right now. I suggest checking out some youtube videos.
AGproductions has a good guide on youtube about it.
A ratio of at least 10:1 water/thinner/whatever to paint is good. As for mediums, a good glaze medium wouldn't hurt to add to the mix. Vallejo makes a good one, as does Liquitex. If you're afraid you haven't watered it down enough, you're probably right. If you're using a palette with cups, make it thin enough so that if you brush it onto the sides of the cup, it runs down the side, leaving little behind on the sides as it goes. That should get you into the neighborhood.
Also remember to blot your brush. By that I mean, don't go from the palette right to the model. Touch the brush once or twice to a paper towel first. Don't worry, there still should be plenty left in the brush, but now you're putting it on in a measured dose. Nice and easy to start, and if it's too thin, or the effect isn't what you want, add more. It's always easier to add more. If you use too much, don't panic. Clean your brush, dry it off on a paper towel, then touch the (mostly) dry brush to the model, and use it to "wick" off the excess. Learning these techniques will help make up for any ratio/mixing errors you make.
I still secretly want your painting powers Canew... one day I'll get them!
The store I go to only sells the Privateer Press stuff, and I can't seem to find any that sound like they are right for this at Michaels, so guess I'll go with that stuff.
While I have your attention, guess I'll ask another question: I was thinking of mixing a 2:1 mix of chaos black and codex gray and put the wash over the black parts of my marines (I'm doing the Iron Lords Chapter). You guys know if there is another color/mix that would look better on black?
A wash for black? No, washing with black is really the only way to go. It won't show up much, but then again, it's... black. You'll find black and white are tough in that you can't shade black (i.e., with washes) and you can't highlight white. Too extreme. Instead, concentrate on smooth highlights with the black.
I'm not too good at highlighting which was why I was thinking that a colored wash would kind of get into the crevasses and produce a sort-of adequate result. Never painted my own army before, so am really noobish when it comes to painting. Just don't seem to have the steady hands required. But if the wash won't act like I was hoping it would act, guess I'll just have keep trying highlights.