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I'm trying to put together a Biel-Tan army (I hardly ever play, I just collect and paint) and I'm having a lot of trouble getting white armour to look good. I've been told that I should used a watered-down skull white or a mix of white and light grey/blue, but I can't seem to find what the actual mix should be. Can anyone give me some advice on this? Things like ratios and colour suggestions would be especially welcome, since I've never been good at mixing to begin with. Also: how do you shade white?
I'm the opposite of you, I very rarely paint and play a lot instead. But I feel your pain with the white armour, I've just recently been able to paint light colours so that the colour beneath doesn't show through, although I haven't yet tried it with white. Considering that my painting skills are that of an average 3 year old I doubt I can give you much advice though, but if I could go back in time I would probably pick an easier color scheme to paint after, like the Ulthwé craftworld.
I would use astronomicon grey then paint slightly watered skull white over top, should take about 3-5 coats of white if you want it perfectly smooth.
Is that primed with black or white? Also: how watered down?
Technically, it wouldn't matter, since Astronomicon Grey is a foundation paint and thus will paint over any color of primer in at most 2 coats(most likely just one) if used straight from the pot. Then the white paint I'd say probably at most 50% water. Really depends on how many coats you're willing to paint, and how smooth you want the white. It also depends on how new your pot of white paint is, the more paint that's in your Skull White container, the smoother it will be and the less water you'll need to make it go on smoothly.
the biggest problem with biel-tan is obviously the white armour, now the easiest way to deal with this is by mixing, what i have done is mix skull white with mithril silver, 7:1 should do.
this is a colour i came up with whilst painting my pre-heresey deathguard, it looks perfect white, only against straight skull white do you see the slight greying, and it is only slight.
the biggest advantage is that it will go over black, it has never taken me more than three thin coats to cover chaos black, or black primer, therefore if you get some colour on it, let it dry and paint over it.
if you're worried about the greying then you could just put a coat of straight skull white over the top after all is done.
hope this helps
Any advice is helpful, but this particularly so. I hadn't even considered metallics. Right now I'm working from Shadow Grey to space wolf grey and then skull white, with mixes in between. All I've tried this on is Rangers though, and I'm not even half done with them yet. I'll give the silver/white a try next. Thanks again.
glad to help, a word of warning though, donot use foundation paints unless you're applying it with a spray gun, on most models you'll just regret it as it will absolutely ruin the finish on your model.
You think so? I find them quite useful as a first coat, particularly for colours like red and camo schemes. I've use astronomicon grey on Ultramarine veteran helmets and I like the look of it, but they don't have to look like ceramic and 'dusty' is perfectly acceptable for most Imperial armies. Other than base coats (applied directly over primer) I don't find a lot of use for them though. I haven't tried my hand with an airbrush yet, I plan to get one to paint my grav-tanks since I want them to look cleaner than my Guard ones.
oh don't get me wrong i love the colour, it's the texture of the paint which grinds me, like the squeek of polystyrene, god it's creepy.