Washes?

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    Right I'm halfway through painting some figures and I'm totally confused when it comes to washes, highlighting and weathering etc. Where do I apply it? What wash should I use? Do you use it when the figure is finished? Here is the figure in question IMG_1543.JPG
     
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    Hi jack nice work on the camo .
    Normally I would apply my washes after the figure is assembled and the paint work has been sealed with a couple of coats of gloss varnish.as for washes I normally paint my figures with acrylics so I use citadel's agrex earth shades for shadows and creases then I highlight with the original base colours lightened with a drop of white paint.
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    Thanks for the help col. didn't realise I should gloss them, will this not make them really shiny? Do you buy ready made washes or is it better to make your own? Been watching some YouTube vids going to practice on some old figures first don't want to ruin these ones. Thanks again
     
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    The gloss varnish heips the washes run into small folds and creases and once the first wash has dried you will need to reseal with gloss until until all your washes are applied then you seal everything with matt varnish to flatten it all back
    As for washes I tend to make mine from oil paints thinned with low odour artist thinners I prefer these as you can tinker with them. The only wash I actually buy is citadels agraex earth shade which I thin with water for creating shadow on clothing and canvas items
     
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    Going to pop to the hobby shop today and invest in some washes and some gloss and Matt varnish and give it a go. Will hopefully turn out ok, thanks for the advice
     
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    I have been to the shop but there wasn't any citadel paints I wasn't really sure what I was looking for so I've probably bought the wrong things? IMG_1560.JPG IMG_1561.JPG
    Will these be any good for my figures or not?
     
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    Ideally the colours you need is a dark brown for shadows artists raw umber thinned with odourless thinners would be a good wash
     
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    How do you apply the weathering powder? I've never used any of these before. And yeah I thought I'd bought the wrong thing but I couldn't find a dark brown/dark earth shade, they had sold out. I'll have to try elsewhere next week
     
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    Hi jack normally I apply a coat of matt varnish to the finished figure then I use a old soft brush to apply a weathering powder or crushed artist pastel which is a similar colour to the uniform to give the figures clothing a dull finish and seal it with matt.
    Then a dusting with a sand or dirt then a final coat of matt on top.
     
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    Cheers, I promise I won't drain you with any more questions now I'm just going to crack on and give them a go and see how they turn out. A lot of trial and error for me at the moment
     
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    Jack its no problem mate ask away. That's the good thing about the guys on this forum. Whenever I've asked about things I wasn't sure of someone has steered me in the right direction. So I'm just repaying their kindness by passing what I've learned to you
     
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    Jack, I use water based craft paints that can be purchased cheaper than dirt, no smelly thinners, just h2o. I put my figures together, fill and sand, brush paint a couple of base coats then then hit them with several coats of a blackish-brown wash of just water thinned craft paint......done
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