paint mixing, do or dont???


Toxin616 said...

Id have to agree also, when painting an army its best to be able to replicate colours easily.

Mixing paints really make it hard on the painter to get them to exactly match up.

I just had the same problem with my eye lenses with Space Marines.

Its far easier in the long run to just buy a mass produced colour always avaliable.

Love the work on the Blog and with the vids. I really reckon it makes the blog all the more personal than just posts. Same goes for Fritz over at his blog.

Keep up the good work!

Magilla Gurilla said...

I really like the painting videos.
I know you were searching for material to do, how about some painting videos for those of us that are less adept at it....Like me! I still can't drybrush to save my life.

D0A said...

I agree on not mixing for armywide projects. Im not one to mix paints much. A good idea is to use an eyedroper with measurements on it and write down the measurments. its not perfect but it works pretty well.

Big Jim said...

I mix all of my highlight colors, but I do it on a fig by fig basis.

I use the Vallejo Paint line and mix it by the drop. Which makes it relatively easy and consistent.

Paul Wu said...

I haven't done much paint mixing yet (aside from some simple highlight mixing - i.e., mixing in a little bit of white into the base color), but I can see the benefit behind it particularly to make Special Character models stand out. Still, I agree with folks who say that for army-wide paint projects, just finding ready produced paint hues is probably the more consistent way to go.

HuronBH said...

First let me say thank you for the recent Follow. I have been following your Blog for a little while now, (found it through Jawa and Fritz's blogs) and I enjoy a lot of what you talk about.

Second, I think I have to disagree with you here, at least partially. Personally I think it is very important to know how to mix paint and match colors. I will very rare do pre-mixes as I think it is important to know what the paints I am using do, both from a tone and mixed pigment perspective. If you do not mix your paints and experiment then you are cutting yourself short.

That said I prefer not to do premixes (except in the case of thinned washes, I usually have a few of the GW washes pre-thinned to various degrees to quick use) to keep myself in practice mixing colors.

But that is just what I do.