Painting Miniatures Figures Made Quick And Easy
The paints that I've found to work best are Liquitex paints. Citadel inks also work well and give good results but it took longer to learn how to use them properly. Before I was introduced to Liquitex paints, I had a lot of problems with my washes. Now, my painting speed has picked up considerably.
The following colors are the ones I use most commonly to wash with:
- Liquitex Raw Sienna for yellows, whites, light orange and browns, and creams.
- Liquitex Raw Umber for browns like wood and leather.
- Liquitex Hunter's Green for lighter shades of green.
- Liquitex Paynes Gray for just about everything else.
- Citadel Chestnut ink for flesh tones.
- Liquitex Glaze Medium or Vallejo Glaze Medium to improve the flow of your washes, which makes it easier for the wash to flow in to cracks and crevasses.
Paynes Gray is actually a mix of dark gray and midnight blue so the was is actually a very deep blue. It doesn't turn colors as dirty as a true black would.
Here's the same Brettonian knight after a single wash with Paynes Grey. Already you can see how it adds shadows and depth to the figure
Starting with the darkest wash, paint everything that you are going to wash with that color. Prepare the wash by squeezing some paint onto your palate then mix in some water until it has the consistency of milk. Paint the wash solution right over every part that needs to be washed. The wash will naturally fill in all the folds and recesses. When you've finished washing everything, take a break and let the figures dry. If you don't let the wash dry sufficiently, it will bleed into your highlighting.
Be sure to let your basecoat dry too before washing on top of it otherwise your basecoat will run also.
For a comparison, here are two Chaos snakemen. Both have been basecoated with Vile Green, Blood Red, and Mithril Silver. The figure on the left has just been washed (and is still wet) while the snakeman on the right is untouched. You can see how the wash really picks up the details of the scales and armor .
As you get to lighter washes, you will have to take more care so that the wash doesn't run off into previously painted sections. As my target areas get smaller and smaller, I use progressively smaller bushes. For the first wash, I use a number 3 brush and for the small areas like the face, I use a 000 to apply the wash. It just takes a little practice.
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