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I'm painting Tau Battlesuits, and I'm using Vomit Brown. Problem is that it doesn't get a very smooth surface due to the thick painting, so I'm thinking of thinning it out with water. What ratio should I use when watering it out?
Personally for me, the paint to water ratio thing is just a guideline but it's really upto u to figure out what works. You gotta find out for yourself and learn how much water is needed since all the paints arent the same in thickness. Just start off by adding water one dab at a time while making a line to see the thickness. That way you can learn to find out what thickness you like and what works best for u.
Okay, guess I'll have to acctually do something to find out the ratio then
Yeah the best thing to do is experiment. You basically want the paint to go on smooth without leaving brush strokes. If you do it too thin it will tend to spread out everywhere including the recesses. Some paints are thicker than others, etc. Experimentation is your friend.
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Be sure to keep in mind if you're painting over a black undercoat most colors do NOT cover on one pass. This is why most novice painters run into the problem with thick paint. They'll keep adding to the same place on the model to cover it up which obviously leads to problems or they'll use thicker paints to compensate for lack of coverage; same deal.
Also, be sure the first pass is completely dry before moving onto the second to prevent "tearing" in the previous layer. I'm not a proponent of "assembly line" style painting but for basecoating, it's actually not a bad idea since you can move onto the next model while the previous one dries.
I've painted many times over and over with thick painting to get it to cover, but I've found out that looks really, really ugly. And in addition to that I often start on the next layer too early and mess up the earlier one. So now I'm never gonna use thick painting again, it sucks
Is thick layers of thin paint good? Any catches with this? Wondering, as that looked pretty good, and if that is as good as many thin layers I prefer thick layers
When I cover black basecoat with a bright color, then I usually cover my black with a few layers of white first. IMO that is the best way do get a soothe thin paint job.