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My highlighting looks a wee bit chalky, sometimes standing out wayyyy too much. If I run a wash of the base color or something a little darker over the whole mini, will it "mute" the chalkiness, tying the colors together? In this case, brown worked to a lighter brown (about 2 shades).
How thin should the paint be? I thought I watered it down enough, where it takes a couple good passes, but not as runny as ink, as I don't want it going everywhere. How do you control superthin paint? I know experience has alot to do with it, and I am trying many different things, as experimentation is the hallmark of all good painters. Any suggestions? IF all else fails, I am stripping these minis and starting over
There are several things that could be causing the chalkiness. First off - what brand of paint are you using? Some brands of paint use chalk as a filler with the pigment or simply have a larger pigment flake in them. This could cause the "chalky" look. Also a lot of times if you are drybrushing it will leave a chalky appearance. If that is the case you should try a layering technique instead.
As for desired thickness of paint you should strive for something similar the the cosistency of heavy cream.
I see that "heavy cream" a lot. I think you have to be better than I am at mixing colors to use paint that thick for layering. I'm having more success with paint even thinner than that. I dip the brush in the paint, brush it across the back of my hand or my thumb nail a few times to take some out of the brush to make it more controllable, then apply it to the figure. The thinner the paint the more layers you have to do but it leaves more room for error. The biggest problem I have when doing this is my pigment will actually settle, so I have to stir it up often with a stick or I wont get a consistant effect as I get closer to the bottom of my mixing cup.
Its like touching up a photo in photoshop with your brush at an opacity of 5% versus 20%. You have to go over the same spot a bunch of times, but you'll see a mistake coming before you make it.
Law of Logical Argument: Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
Cream really isn't that thick. but at the same time it is thicker than water which is similar to inks. I can definitely be a delicate balance between finding what works and what doesn't. I guess a better way of determining is - you ideally want paint to cover without leaving streaks. That is unless you are purposefully going for a glaze.
I use GW paints. I was trying the layering technique, but I think my inexperience with this is providing most of the shoddy results. I will try again. As for the paint consistency, well, armed with what I have read here, with a little more experimention, I think I am on the right track. Thanks for the tips! Now, I just have to make it all play nice together :w00t: