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Just after a bit of advice.
When using washes, do people just go over with a black/dark wash all over their figures for shading/shadows or do you have a shade colour matched to each colour you are going over? So red shade over red tunics for example?
Washes can be a great way of shading, they can also spoil a great paint job, experiment with a single figure first. I have loads, some get more use than others, reds and blue`s you are better off using a dark,med and light paint to shade, browns shade well with an umber wash , flesh wash works well on...flesh,but like I said experiment, black is not the solution to all shading and the wash I use least of all these days.
I'm no artist and lazy so I tend to wash everything in Winsor and Newton nut brown ink. I think it works most of the time and you can always highlight a bit if the figure is too dark overall.
Simplified explanation would be something like this: for warm colours go into brown direction with washes, for cold colours into black one.
A word of advice: experiment with intensity of washes and their application... many times a controlled one ends with more satisfying results.
Hmm lots of food for thought there.
Thanks for all the advice guys. Very much appreciated.
I will buy a few more shades and have a play around.
Ive got some spare Hat limber/caisson horses I can test on plus some of the riders who will become guinea pigs!
I will give them a basic paint job rather than go whole hog of doing all the details. Have a try on that and then if im happy, have a go on a soldier or 2 of ones ive properly done.
With all the mud, smoke and powder burns during Waterloo, im not wanting figures looking too much like they just came out of a parade ground!
Many thanks again guys, stay safe in these troubled times.