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    Learning to Blend

    Hello,
    I'm having troubles with my Tyranid army. I want to use some nice Blending techniques for the Carapace and the ends of the Devourers on my Tyrant but every time i try to blend it ends up really messy

    My experiments have been on Termagaunts where i get a little bit of black paint and paint it into the Crevices of the Carapace, then i get another brush and try to draw it out from the crevice but every time i do it just ends up being a big blotchy wash over the shell or it doesn't draw out properly.

    Could anyone help me with some tips about blending?
    Where should i start?

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    I find that acrylic paints tend to be too runny and dry to quickly to blend easily. When creating a blend I use artist oil paints (for canvas paintings). You can get them in a thicker consistency so they don't run and they stay wet for hours, allowing you the time to create some great colour blends between the first and last colours applied to the model. Oil paints are available in tubes from most art and craft shops.
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    Sounds interesting Badruck. Do you have any pictures of examples? Do the oil paints not chip easier?


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    Most of the painters on this forum, many of whome blend, use acrylics, they are compartively easy to blend.

    There are 2 forms of blending - wet blending and dry blending or layering.

    you appear to be trying the latter, which is the easier technique. go to the stickies at the top of the forum you will find many tutorials, but I supsect your main problem is that the paint is not watered down sufficiently and you are trying to put too much on in one coat, look at my avatyar, the blue on him has between 20-30 coats on it
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    Dodge -
    Yeah, oils arn't as durable as the acrylics, but I collect mostly orks, so chipped paint surfaces are in character. A layer of matt/gloss varnish (depending on the effect you want) can seal it in though.
    Sorry, don't have any photos, as my camera isn't very good for detailed close-up shots.
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    Practice Practice Practice....

    I have been trying this now for several months and each time the results seem to get better and better... but it can be frustrating, and if the area/detail is too small it might not be worth it.

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    I think you may be putting too much paint on the brush. You really need to use the minimum possible amount when you are blending. You should also have it slightly watered down. If watering you paints sounds like a pain I suggest you keep a tub aside for that purpose only.

    Watered down paints restrict the extent to which you can affect the model also a limited amount of paint gives you less to work with and worry about. All the paint has to go somewhere on the model so having limits prevents mistakes.

    You may also be holding the brush wrong. Try to use the flat of the brush to blend not the tip. Also use a detail brush never anything larger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheredanine View Post
    There are 2 forms of blending - wet blending and dry blending or layering.
    I've been looking through the stickied links, and I can't find an example of "dry" blending. Can you a) give a brief rundown of the technique here or b) point me to a good article/tutorial on this?
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    My advice is to increase colors very slowly, so that you have less of a chance of making a mistake. Also TAKE YOUR TIME. Its not worth it to blend for 30 min. get in a rush and mess up the whole blend with the last coat. I'm also working on a 'Fex, so I'll post some pics. I believe acrylics are much easier to use as they flow better.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Canew View Post
    I've been looking through the stickied links, and I can't find an example of "dry" blending. Can you a) give a brief rundown of the technique here or b) point me to a good article/tutorial on this?
    Dry blending is the sad as layering, that's basically progressing lighter and lighter with each layer but making the changes a slow progress so it looks like a smooth blend.

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