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Mind giving me your opinion on this?
Scortched Brown 3:1 Wateraint
Graveyard Earth 2:1 Wateraint
Desert Yellow 2:1 Wateraint
Kommando Khaki 2:1 Wateraint
Bleached Bone 2:1 Wateraint
It looks OK on a test model but it's hard to cover the black primer. Maybe I should use two coats of some of the earlier colors? Also, when I finally get to Bleached Bone the armor looks "flat." All of the previous work is hidden under the bone. Any suggestions on how to fix this?
A friend of mine, who I respect as a painter suggested that I drrybrush every layer after the Scortched Brown to give the model some definition. Opinions?
FYI - This recipe was given to me by a GW employee and is from a White Dwarf from 2005.
Last edited by DarkAngelVA; August 28th, 2006 at 18:53.
I love to paint bone.
But I do like this:
DRY(I cannot stress the importance of the dry-ness enough)brush Bleached Bone
Glaze Dark brown/Black
DRYbrush bleached bone
Glaze lighter brown, whipe of excess on flat areas with your thumb...or any finger really.
Paint the whiped areas with bleached bone and work this up to skull white in the extremes.
It works for me.
Sounds like you have way too many steps. I would cut down on them. Really unless you are going for a showcase piece and you want very subtle color blends you are adding too much for a similar effect you will get will using just a few colors. I would also recommend against priming black when doing very light colors.
If absolutely necessary to add some black I would suggest priming white and washing the figure with watered down black ink. This will darken the figure so that any "white" spots won't show but still be light enough to cover well with lighter colors.
I have been painting a lot of bone recently with my space marines and have found some ways to cut corners. Here is how I am currently doing it (minus my ink washes as I don't think you would be doing that...)
I start by priming white
Next I spray the figure with GW bonewhite spray can
Next I darken the recesses and edging with watered down vallejo smoke
I then brush on a thin layer of bone to blend with the vallejo smoke
Mix 50/50 bone and vallejo model color ivory
finally straight vallejo Ivory watered down for the lightest highlights.
You may be able to go to a straight 50/50 mix of ivory/bone instead of doing the bone layer first - really you just need to play around with it a bit.
Here are some examples of figures I have done with this method.
I cut down on the number of steps I'm using to paint the bone. I'm working up from brown to bone using 4 layers. However, now I've run into a new problem. It seems like when I'm finally done painting the paint is just really thick. Think to the point that I can run the edge of a fingernail along an edge of the model and strip paint away VERY EASIY, something that has never happened with other models I've painted. It's hard to describe other than that except to say that it has a very "plastic" look to it. What would cause this? Keeping in mind that I'm using paints with a 2:1 water:paint ratio. Too many layers? Should I thin my pants more? Is it caused by not allowing the previous layer enough drying time?
FYI - as stated above, my paint is thin. I'd say it's the consistency of Milk if that helps any. It's just mixed with water that had a drop of flow enhancer added to it. Nothing out of the ordinary there.
Last edited by DarkAngelVA; August 31st, 2006 at 07:57.
If it is building up then chances are it is too thick. Maybe only one of your layers was thick and the paint built up on that layer? That is the only thing I can think of?? By your descriptions it sounds like you thinned your paint properly but maybe like I said it was overlooked on one layer?
That or maybe the primer coat is too thick? Do you have pictures?
Someone on another form mentioned that the flow enhancer retards drying/curing time. Is it possible that's the problem?
If you have an extender it could take longer to dry. I myself use a mixture that is 40% water, 40% future floor wax, and 20% liquitex extender. I usually don't have to wait too long before applying another coat. How quickly are you doing coats? I usually wait maybe 5 - 10 minutes before coats as I am doing other things while it dries. If you have too much extender in the mix that could cause the paint to not dry correctly - not sure if it would cause it to "thicken" up though.
My mixture has less extender/enhancer than yours and I'm waiting a good 15 minutes between layers.
I'm going to play around with a few more things today, including waiting at least an hour between layers on one test model and see how things come out.
Sadly, I've already primed black. If I hadn't I would use your recipe because I really like the way your bone looks.
Working on another test model I realzed that my thinned paint tends to "pool" in some areas and not in others. Any way I can stop this from happening, other than painting the mini, waiting a few minutes and then going back over the mini with a brush to even things out?
Wipe some of the paint off the brush before painting. That should eleviate most of the pooling...