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I use them quite a lot on my imperial fists. I start off with a white undercoat and then use Iyanden dark sun. A (really) watered down wash of chestnut ink gets into all the recesses before I coat it again with yellow. Then I give it a yellow wash before I give it the final highlights.
 

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It speeds up the task, I don't like using washes on power armour myself though. Watered down paints stop you from getting that horrible localized shinyness that inks give, as [I assume] does varnish. It really depends on the look you are going for; many people will ink the armour, others will not.
 

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I'ld go with a very thinned darker blue, or ideally ultramarines blue and black mix. That's just how I do things though but I definitely wouldn't go black over light blue.
 

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I'ld go with a very thinned darker blue, or ideally ultramarines blue and black mix. That's just how I do things though but I definitely wouldn't go black over light blue.
Allright... but I don't really get it? Do I mix washes with washes, washes with colors or water with colors?
 

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Basically you mix anything up with water (to make it thinner) including washes.

That's because pure washes are also quite colour-intensive. For example: undiluted black ink will not just emphasize the recesses etc but also darken the whole colour.
Of course, there might be cases where this is wanted, but generally you take quite some water with your inks/washes (at least as much water as ink/wash, but that's up to your preferences)

As for other people mentioning mixing colours with water: that's to make some homemade washes... or why spend money on blue/red/whatever ink when you just have to take a tiny drop of colour and mix it up with lots of water (and here I really mean lots :) at least 1 to 10 colour:water for making homemade ink, rather 1:20)

A lot of people just have 1 or two actual inks/washes for stuff they really need often and improvise the rest (I have for example just black ink and flesh wash at home, the rest will be made up as needed ;Y )
 

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An ink is a dilute paint, sold for washing, a wah is very thin paint "washed" over the surface of a model to give an effect. Basically ink is a noun whereas wash is a verb.
 

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Use Johnsons Klear floor polish and water and uink to wash SM armour. I prefer 40& Klear floor polish, 40% water and 20% ink. It makes them a more uniform effect and stops localised shinyness in the recesses by breaking the surface tension.
 
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