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8 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question Feb. 27th.

Do you have painting recipes?

Which ones? 

 

NOTE: I mean PAINT Recipes, as in, how do you paint wood, flesh,stone,etc. do you keep records of a mix?

 

No.  I bought ~300 dropper bottles of paint so I won't have to mix anything. 

 

Stone is usually layers and washes and more layers. I use various colors depending on what I'm going for at the time.  For wood I start with some kind of light golden tan, and add inks or washes and highlights.  If I make notes or color swatches I typically don't keep them after the project.  

 

I really miss Reaper's "paint palette" tool. 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question Feb. 27th.

Do you have painting recipes?

Which ones? 

 

NOTE: I mean PAINT Recipes, as in, how do you paint wood, flesh,stone,etc. do you keep records of a mix?

 

Not really, though it's not for lack of trying. I have attempted to keep a journal of how I paint my minis for several years, and while it has worked for painting large units, it has been unsuccessful for numerous character models. I comfort myself by calling them "one-of-a-kind".

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10 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question Feb. 27th.

Do you have painting recipes?

Which ones? 

 

NOTE: I mean PAINT Recipes, as in, how do you paint wood, flesh,stone,etc. do you keep records of a mix?

 

I've got some techniques and colors I use for stuff like wood, stone and bone. Mostly just a combination of dry brushing in greyscale and then building up thin layers of different colors and washes. They've evolved over time as I try out new colors and equipment, and as I (very slowly) improve. And I'm sure they'll change in the future. 

 

When I paint something I like I'll typically take a picture of it with the colors I used in the order i used them. 

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11 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question Feb. 27th.

Do you have painting recipes?

Which ones? 

 

NOTE: I mean PAINT Recipes, as in, how do you paint wood, flesh,stone,etc. do you keep records of a mix?

 

Sort of but they are more suggestions than concrete instructions. I used to worry about painting large groups exactly the same. Not so much any more. I try to add a little variety and not stress over exact colours. Nothing's written down although I do tend to use similar combinations for shading regularly.

 

For example I've done quite a few feet of stone walls the last couple of years. Using cheap craft paints I do burnt umber base coat, drybrush some lighter tans and greys and then hit it with a homemade mix of brown and black wash. It looks decent and isn't the grey that's so common in wargames stone. No grey rocks here or most of the places I've been so I avoid it most of the time.

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12 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question Feb. 27th.

Do you have painting recipes?

Which ones? 

 

NOTE: I mean PAINT Recipes, as in, how do you paint wood, flesh,stone,etc. do you keep records of a mix?

Nope. I make it up every time. It's why I take pics of the bottles of paint I use, particularly if I step away from a mini for awhile. Helps me remember what I was doing when I go back.

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3 hours ago, Zink said:

For example I've done quite a few feet of stone walls the last couple of years. Using cheap craft paints I do burnt umber base coat, drybrush some lighter tans and greys and then hit it with a homemade mix of brown and black wash. It looks decent and isn't the grey that's so common in wargames stone. No grey rocks here or most of the places I've been so I avoid it most of the time.

 

Yeah. gray rocks, blue rivers, brown trees, and bright green grass. Do these people never step outside? <_<

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11 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

Yeah. gray rocks, blue rivers, brown trees, and bright green grass. Do these people never step outside? <_<

 

Well I'm guilty of blue rivers too. I got lazy when making them so went with that because I wanted to do a lot at once. It's on my list of things to redo if I ever finish my first set of everything and I get around to seconds. Some of my stuff looks fairly natural, some a bit more wargamer style.

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15 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question Feb. 27th.

Do you have painting recipes?

Which ones? 

 

NOTE: I mean PAINT Recipes, as in, how do you paint wood, flesh,stone,etc. do you keep records of a mix?

 

When I first started painting I was all about writing down recipes so I would know exactly how I did everything.  However, given that I paint one-off figures and not armies, reproducing something exactly really isn't necessary.  So no more recipes for me.  I do have a paint journal like Talespinner, but it is mostly empty. 

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17 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question Feb. 27th.

Do you have painting recipes?

Which ones? 

 

NOTE: I mean PAINT Recipes, as in, how do you paint wood, flesh,stone,etc. do you keep records of a mix?

I have paint recipes.  They're all from other people and mostly from these forums.  I file them away in Evernote.

 

In theory, they're there if I ever need a reference later.  In actuality, um, my Evernote might be closer to a certain pest control product... Information is checked in but never checked out.

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20 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question Feb. 27th.

Do you have painting recipes?

Which ones? 

 

I keep a word-processing file with the colors that I used to paint a model, listing what colors were used where, and a digital photo album of the models I painted.  Many of those color lists got copied into my WIP threads on this forum.  So, if I need to paint another figure in the same colors, or there’s some part I liked that I want to replicate on a different model else, or even if I left off on a model, and returned to it later, I could use the color list...

 

...Bah!  For some reason, I can always already remember the recipes and color mixes I wrote down, but never write down the color recipes I’ll need later.

 

But I long ago memorized Lester Burley’s wash mix:

  • Make a “wet water” mix of 10:1 water to flow improver.
  • Make a wash mix of 1:1 “wet water” to matte medium.
  • Add a small amount of ink to wash mix, about 20 drops of black to an 8 oz bottle, or 40 drops for brown.

I’ve mixed this up several times, and adjusted it to be thicker (more matte medium), or darker (more ink), or with unusual colors, as needed.  I don’t really need it  much any more, as I’ll mix custom washes in tiny batches on a wet palette now.  It’s useful for huge figures or armies that need to look the same, though.

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13 hours ago, Inarah said:

I really miss Reaper's "paint palette" tool.

 

It’s a poor substitute for the palette tool, but you should make yourself one of these:

 

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It’s a bunch of old business cards, cut up, painted and numbered with a swatch of each color in my paint box.  This ring has all 50 of my Reaper HD colors — somewhere I have another with all the MSP triads I own, and I plan to make up another for my Vallejo paints, some rainy weekend.

 

No more guessing — you can always find the paint color you want, know exactly what it looks like when dry, and know that it’s in your collection.  And it’s portable!

 

(If you do make one, also paint the edge of each swatch card.  It makes finding a particular color easier.)

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Weekend Question Feb 28th / March 1st.

Asides from brushes/Airbrushes, what else do you use to paint with?

( Sponges, skewers, pens, cloth, fingers?)

Show results!

 

And with this I will transfer the Questor Robes to @ManvsMini who will interrogate you during March.

Thank you all for your answers and participation, love this crowd!

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