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i have recently started a new tau army, and decided that I want it to be purple.
with scorched Brown cloths. however i find that it looks realy dark so i tried mixing purple with a little white, then highlighting it i also tried drybrushing it and both together.
but it still looks like its to dark could anyone give anymore advice on how to brighten things up a bit
use a different purple, or mix it with more white.
highlight using white and apply a thin layer of PVA glue once finished (maybe). this might work and might not... but it's worth a go really.
I don't really like purple as a tau colour, it's just not 'fire' enough IMO.
The closest i got was my 'Calor' army (named after Calor gas) which was just red and blue. never tried puple and didn't and probably won't.
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Depending on how much work you want to do I would suggest using a layering technique and get a little lighter with each highlight. As suggested previous adding more and more white will lighten the paint. To keep the purple more "purple" try mixing in ivory or another natural light color instead of a straight white. If it gets too far from the purple you envision you can always coat it with a watered down purple ink to bring back the vibrancy.
I would also look into doing the same thing with the brown. Another option would be to choose another lighter color to replace the brown - such as grey. This would work just as well if not better as it will lighten up the model considerably and it compliments the purple.
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You can add bleached bone to the purple instead of white. A slightly different effect as it doesn't turn the purple to pink as it lightens.
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Priming white would also lighten the color.
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When I need my colors to really pop and I've primed the figures black, I undercoat the soon-to-be colored area with Fortress Grey. For instance, with my Cadians I use Catachan Green on the armor plates. It's way too dark just painted over the black primer so I paint the armor plates with a light fortress grey coat then follow up with the catachan green. It comes out perfectly...the grey is light enough that the colors are brought out from the later colored coat but still dark enough that it doesn't lighten the color or make it pastel.
I've used this same technique with success using blues, reds, and greens so I see no reason it wouldn't work with purple.
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