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What is a wash? I've heard people talk about it and I wanted to know what it was.
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an ink washe is when u use one of the various types of gw inks and you put a bit on a pallet and water it down and lightly glaze it over the detail and it brings out the detail more.
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To add to the previous post:
Washes are great for several different things. Inks in general are much more rich in color pigment than you will get in paint. They are great for getting quick "shadow" in the deeper recesses of the figure. The other great thing is they are a really good tool for tying a color together and enriching it.
For example: Let's say that you are shading an area of a figure and applying highlights. You are adding lighter and lighter shades to transition from a dark color to a light color - however the overall effect ends up being too light. By applying an ink wash you can enrich the color and still maintain a strong level of highlight transition.
Controlled washes are also very good for applying spot coloration thinly. Such as stains, blood, etc.
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I have found that the best time to use washes is on necron warriors, I took a coat of mithreal silver, then added a chessnut wash and then dry bushed more silver. And it turned out great. So I usally do it on metal and flesh.
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A wash is a shading technique where a thinned paint is applied over a model so that the color underneath the wash can still be seen in raised areas (though the tint is changed because of the wash) and the recessed areas are shaded the color of the wash.Originally Posted by aufde
An example is the standard way to paint flesh. The basic flesh tone is painted and then brown is "washed" over it to create definition and shading. This site has a good example of various states of a model after each step: (specifically the figure at the bottom)
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also, washes can be used to change the colour of something. if you paint a basecoat of red gore followed by a magenta ink wash, it will appear crimson!