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I am starting a tyranid army and I was wondering if there is a rule of thumb for a good mixture, I want to do my 'nids in 2:1 mixture of Ice Blue and Dehab stone, what is good way to measure this out?
Thanks for the help,
Citadel paints, unlike Vallejo or Reaper, don't come in convenient dropper bottles. The common rule of thumb is to use a "brushful" of paint as a somewhat imprecise measuring tool, which basically means one brushful of one paint mixed with two of another. This is often good enough for many painters, but if you need something more exact, try picking up some eyedroppers at a drugstore/chemist. They're cheap, and give you the option of measuring out drops. Trouble is, you'll want to clean them afterward, and it's pretty much impossible to avoid staining them permanently.
If you're planning on this custom mix for an entire army, it might make more sense to mix up a large batch. Get yourself some empty dropper bottles (anyplace that sells Reaper or Vallejo paints can sell you the empty bottles) and use eyedroppers to measure out the paint into the bottle. You'll wanna use the tip of a brush handle or something to make sure it mixes together well, but after that, you'll have a dropper-tip bottle with your mix in it. The bottle will keep the paint from drying out, and save you the aggravation of mixing a new batch for each painting session.
Have you tried just looking at the Vallejo and Reaper ranges anyway? Their colours are slightly different while still being fairly easily recognisable and comparable to the Citadel range, and they might have the colour you want without having to go through the hassle of mixing paint. Otherwise, what Canew said.
I just picked up 1mL plastic syringes and have been using the same one for forever. Now if I want a custom colour, I just mix up a large batch in some empty containers I picked up from an art supply store and then don't have to worry about it until I have near the entire army done. I make sure to write down my volumes for next time, lest I forget. Main thing is to flush out the syringe each time to make sure they're clean-ish.
Works well if you're wanting a large amount of paint (like a base colour for your entire army), but not if you just want to mix small amounts for some random gem or small details.
i went to the local pharmacy and picked up those plastic syringes that are used for measuring medications for babies. works great. precise measurements and whatnot. cleans out easy too
Good idea on the syringes! I usually just pour my paint in a little airbrush pot while my tongue is sticking out of the corner of my mouth.
I am also a huge fan of Vallejo's paints though. The superb consistency of their paints combined with the drip bottles, brilliant.