As some of you may or may not know, I have recently been whining about the new GW Citadel Colors, about my difficulties (if not inabilities) to create absolutely smooth color transitions by means of successive glazes... It used to work with the old colors and does not work too well with the new ones.
I did a test of the OLD vs the NEW colors (links in German) with respect to smooth color transitions. I have been whining about the general injustice of this in many a thread.
In short: Due to the new medium, smooth color transitions and clean glazes are very difficult - if not near impossible - with the new Citadel colors.
However - lemme find the largest Font I can use:
Who would have thought that I could find a solution to the problem so quickly. I found it after a thought process that quite truly went something like this:
As we all know, you can identify a witch easily as she weighs less than a cold duck.
As president of this Galaxy I thusly asked my people:
"Why is it that We cannot control the new Citadel Colors?"
- "They are greasy, very greasy!"
"They ARE greasy. So, what else is greasy?"
- Fat! Fat is greasy!
"That is right! So... what has a lot of fat?"
- "Eel! Eel has a lot of fat. They are also very slippery!"
"Right! Causes a burp or two, eh? What do we do after eating eel?"
- "We drink! Alcohol Liquor!"
"VERY well observed! We drink liquor. Why?"
- "That dilutes the fat and we can eat more!"
"Where else do we often use dilution?"
- "When Airbrushing - or else it clogs up like our intestines!!"
"And? Do we put liquor in our Airbrush?"
- "Only when we want to spray it into our eyes..."
"Apart from that?"
- "Typically... well.. not."
"So WHAT are we putting into our airbrush?"
- "Tamiya Color Acrylic Paint X-20A Thinner. Made in Japan!"
"RIGHT! Very well then! And how will we now try to get rid of the greasiness of the new Citadel Colors?"
- "WITH TAMIYA THINNER! Oh Big Z! Your a witch! :D"
I have just repeatedly created absolutely soft and error free blendings in half the time, with double the color intensity and tripple the contrast then I have ever created before.
Solution: Thinner (I used Tamiya Thinner X-20A).
+ Unlike with water as a thinner, one immediately notices how the thinner breaks the surface tension of the medium and the paint.
+ Coverage and color intensity are beyond what was possible with the old colors
+ Using the Tamiya thinner I was able to use the new colors EXACTLY like I used the old ones. Except for licking the brush which kinda sucked. No more coffee-stain-like stains.
- Every now and then you have to adjust the amount of thinner on the wet palette as it vaporizes in time.
- compared to the old colors, the new colors with thinner STILL reflect light a little bit more. But much less than without thinner.
- you will refrain from licking thinner drenched brushes rather quickly and voluntairly ;)
This is a quick picture. The picture does not do the result justice. The blending is almost perfect in real life. It took me around 15 minutes to doe it like this with VERY diluted paint.
I have been experimenting with the new colors for 8 hours today - you cant believe how relieved and happy I am now. The new colors work. Wet-in-wet AND glaze transitions. Splendiferous!
- Some people asked me about water: NO Water, just a few drops of thinner with the colors. Works like magic.
- Other thinners are likely to work, too
- Works also perfectly fine with the new BASE colors! Wooopies!
Now, if I can achieve results like this, I dont know what the real pros will do. I can already hear their brushes weep with joy ::D