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I am a complete newbie to painting minis, but I am very excited to get going. My first Wood Elf army is now going to be my summer project; however, I have have some questions after reading a few guides on this site.
Am I suppose to add dishwashing soap to all my paints, or only to washes?
How do I mix the paint and water together to make a wash? Do I just dab a bit of paint on a slab with a bit of water?
If I wanted to paint my army say dark green, how do I know what shades to get? I see that this guide: http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ial-guard.html used many specific paints to get his feel. He used a grey under everything, then shades of tan that I never would have thought of to pick up. If I knew I wanted tan pants I just would have gotten a shade of tan and tried to mix stuff into it. Is this a bad idea? I love how he used highlights, and I eventually want to get to that point. I am just pretty confused as to how I choose colors for highlights or shadows.
I appreciate any responses. I am excited about painting these!
Practise. Thats the answer. What shades to use will come to you with practise, as with everything. Don't be afraid to mess around with your paints, mix different colours to get different shades and tones. Try to blend greens (for example) with white, bone or yellow, and see how it turns out.
Keywords: practise, practise, practise. Oh, and don't be cheap with the paints. Dare to "waste" a little more than neccesary (spelling?) in order to get a blend that you are happy with.
As for dishsoap: I have been thinking about adding it to washes in order to get rid of what we i sweden call "ytspänning" (just realised that I don't know the english word), in order to make it flow out better and not create drops. Never heard of anyone who done it yet though... Migth be worth to try... (yet another keyword)
GW paints mix very well, try different combinations to get the shade you want- its certainly cheaper than getting loads of different GW colours- id recommend getting bleached bone and using that to lighten shades as opposed to white, it gives a more muted tone, but its up to you!
As the previous poster said, practice is key! dont be afraid to give anything a go- most peoples first attempts are going to be a bit ropey but if you stick at it youll soon be painting nice looking minis (promise!)
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