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Im trying to make my Empire army look somewhat decent. Im not a very good painter, but I'd like my men bearable to look at.
Im currently painting them in a red and white colourscheme, but am having trouble figuring out what washes i should use after I've placed the initial layers.
Can you help me?
It would help to get a bit more specific. Which red are you using? Are you going with a crimson or a blood red? The answer might matter. For a dark red, I'd just go with black or a dark brown like scorched brown. For a lighter red, you could try shading with a darker red, or even the same red mixed with a darker red, brown or other "earth tone"-like color.
On the white, it kind of depends. With a red scheme going, I'd say don't use black. Try something reddish-brown, say, dark flesh. Don't forget glazing medium to soften it a bit.
There probably isnt a good wash to use with white. Ive experimented and everything makes white turn into a light hue of whatever wash you use. I would love to hear some suggestions about it though to use myself.
I use mechrite red mixed with blood red for a medium red color and then wash it with red wash. I then highlight with blood red and wash again with a red wash.
I call it a "directed wash," which is essential, especially with white. Don't just slather it on. Instead, use a SMALL amount and paint it directly into the cracks, almost like blacklining. No matter how careful you are, you have to expect, especially with white, to go back and do some "clean up" work.
If you want to wash white, the best approach I've found is not to use a wash or ink. Rather, you should thin down a light grey, blue or bone color, and start washing down from there. Mix a lot of water into it (or if you have some matt medium, this is a good place to use it). But it isn't too hard to make a paint act like a wash.
If that isn't dark enough for you, mix a darker color into the mix, and attack the recesses again. You will probably need to go back and reclaim some of the surfaces afterward, but overall, you can get some pretty nice shading on your white.
The "directed wash" technique mentioned above is probably the best way to apply most washes. Expect to have to go back and reclaim some surfaces, but it should give you some pretty excellent results.
If you want to use a wash to shade white, start out by thinning down a light colored paint. A bone color, a light grey/blue or light grey are all good ways to go.
If that isn't dark enough for you, just mix a darker color into your first one, and try to apply the wash to smaller areas.
In the end, you'll usually have to go back and reclaim some surfaces with your white, but you'll also have a strong shaded white.