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77245: Skeleton Warrior Archer (2)

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So I finally got my Reaper Bones Learn to paint core skills kit, and decided to use the techniques for the skeleton on these skeletons first (well sort of haha). The whitewashed skeleton was a Vallejo ivory model color bottle which seemed WAY more thin then the reaper stuff, so not too happy with it at the moment, but will take it through the other techniques and see how it plays out. The other skeleton is more true to the walkthrough in the LTPK book. They both of course had a black primer done before the base coat and they both had their bases done (one with kitty litter, the other just baking soda). the white one is only on the basecoat, where the other is ready for its drybrush. Will post more as they move along.

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56 minutes ago, lowlylowlycook said:

Huh, I always find that Vallejo's paint is thicker than Reaper's.  

That's what I had heard, and my matt varnish seemed right, maybe the Ivory was a bad batch?

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9 hours ago, Ratmaster2000 said:

That's what I had heard, and my matt varnish seemed right, maybe the Ivory was a bad batch?

Sometimes if you buy from a second hand place.  Like you local gaming store.  Those paints end up being old and they thicken from sitting on the self or in a stock room.  Its always better to buy direct.

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9 hours ago, Ratmaster2000 said:

That's what I had heard, and my matt varnish seemed right, maybe the Ivory was a bad batch?

Some paints need a lot of shaking or stirring to get them to the right consistency.  A separated paint that seems thin may get thicker with enough shaking.  Sometimes you have to open the bottle and stir to speed things along.

 

If the paint is too thick, you can add some water either in the bottle or on the palette.  I use distilled to be on the safe side, but if you have good tap water or bottled water, that should be okay.  

 

Also, with Vallejo you may want to add a hematite bead, glass bead, pewter bead, etc. to help them along when you shake.  Reaper paints already have a bead agitator, but an extra is sometimes helpful on thick paints.

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