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Jason S.
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:05 am Quote Post


What paint to water mix ratio do you use when doing.....
Basecoats?
Highlights/Details?
Washes?
Other?
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 25th, 2011 at 01:43 pm Quote Post

This really depends on what your trying to acheive. The pro painters tend to use more water, making the paint into the consistence of milk. This takes forever, and you would need like 7 coats to get one solid color. However this extra work makes the model look very clean looking and smooth.

For what we do you probably only need a few drops of water for base coats, highlights and detail. You want your washs to be rather water down, use GW washes as refrence. You wanted it to look like that. I love using the foundation paint for basecoat, it speeds up the process since you would only need 1 coat rather than a few of the normal paint.

Some good sites for painting guides is:

http://www.coolminiornot.com/
http://massivevoodoo.blogspot.com/
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Post Icon Posted: Sep 6th, 2011 at 09:20 pm Quote Post

A good way to mix water with your paints is to use an empty valleho paint bottle and just drop some water into your paint.
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 24th, 2011 at 01:53 pm Quote Post

It should also depend on the paint. I thin my paints with a 10 to 1 Distilled Water to Flow Agent.

Water/flow agent to paint ratios:

Standard GW paint, Valejo game Color, or P3 paints:

General coverage : 1 to 1
Dark wash (for lining and edging) : 3 to 1
general Wash : 5 or more to 1

GW Foundation paints :

General Coverage : 3 to 2
Dark wash (for lining and edging) : 5 to 1
general Wash : 10 to 1

Finally, the Valejo Model Air (best paint I have used)

General Coverage : no thinning requiered
Dark wash (for lining and edging) : 2 to 1
general Wash : 4 to 1

I also like to use a dry retarder for acrylic paints, can't remember the brand, to stop the paint from drying too fast, especially when I am blending colors. <<EDIT>> Liquitex Slow-Dri Blending Medium.

Hope that helps.

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« Last Edited by Phaze Oct 24th, 2011 at 06:41 pm »
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