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Question about certain metallic paints

posted May 17, 2012 13:33:01 by Wolfshadegm
Hello Fellow Gamers All!

I have just started painting my first army, and I'm running into a bit of difficulty with a few metallic paints from before the new paint collection. Shining gold, burnished gold, and the dwarf bronze all tend to pool, almost like a wash. When I thin the paint well with water, it still pools and it takes several coats to basecoat. I haven't any any similar problem with the other metallic paints. I'd quite appreciate any help! Thanks!
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Greg2thePerson said May 17, 2012 15:33:35
You may need to shake the paint pots vigorously before using them. There are metal flakes in the paint that tend to separate, leaving the liquid floating at the top. This also makes thinning down metallics fairly tricky, as adding too much water can mess up the finish.
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Wolfshadegm said May 19, 2012 19:08:14
Thanks, I'll make sure to have them vigorously mixed before using. I've been very cautious with adding water, but I had hoped it would make the gold a bit less 'globular'. I just find it strange that the warmer metallics all seem more viscous regardless of how little or much water I've added.

I've been a bit spastic in my painting between several different units, but it has been fun having the freedom to paint what I want to paint. I'll definitely post some photos once I get all the basecoating done on a unit.
Greg2thePerson said May 20, 2012 11:24:36
If you do find that your metallic paints need to be thinned, try using a "medium" instead of water. A product like Vallejo Thinner Medium, Citadel Lahmian Medium, or P3 Mixing Medium should do the trick. Simply mix a small amount of the medium with your paint on the palate you're good to go.
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Peyton said May 20, 2012 16:23:08
Greg's right, shake up the paints and make sure not to add too much water. I also find that with the bronze/gold colors I have to apply several thin coats to get a good strong finish, since they don't cover very well.


Wolfshadegm said May 22, 2012 04:52:08
Excellent suggestions, thanks to you both! I'll take a trip over to the nearby hobby store and see if they have any of the medium thinners.
JonathanVanase said May 29, 2012 17:24:25
You can try mixing a little brown in with your golds too. The opaque brown helps the translucent gold.cover easier for a basecoat.
Greg2thePerson said May 29, 2012 21:45:02
I've never thought of that, Jon, I'll have to give it a try!
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Wolfshadegm said Jun 01, 2012 06:03:06
I haven't returned to my gold armor yet, but when I do, I'll definitely try brown! Thanks.
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