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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Home made ink wash, and update

Well I finally went ahead and made up some ink washes following Les Bursley's recipe here. I first mentioned my intent to do this way back in 2012 (almost a year ago :facepalm:) here.

So here they are:

A little separation, but not too bad.
I made the Raw Umber first and basically overfilled the bottle. It was 7.5ml Flow aid (20:1), 7.5ml Matte Medium, and 20 drops of Acrylic Ink.

When I did the other three I did 5ml Flow aid, 5ml Matte medium and 15 drops Ink. I'll show how they work out in an upcoming post and compare them with my GW Brown Wash.

I also did a little painting, mostly base coats.


Strelets Medieval Crossbow on the left plus some Zvezda peasants in the back got some shiny bits. As did the Caesar Adventurers. With them you can see I'm trying a darker undercoat, instead of the yellow ochre for the flesh. The Barbarian brothers can be seen on the right, Nanoc and Canoc. Nanoc is the one on the bottle cap with the sword. I'm still trying to decide what color his fur loin cloth should be.

And you can see the Klingon (Hishen) ships in the background. I just had an epiphany that I would leave them gray and give them a black and then green wash followed by perhaps a dry brush and picking out a few details. This post has been more productive than I thought.

I also went to a local hobby shop (actually both bracnches) called the Hobby Bench and picked up these:


I have now set myself the goal of fighting out the rematch between Stygustan and Tropilium with figures. I ordeed the rest online. The local stores are good for WWII and ACW as well as some Napoleonics but the variety is just not there. So I'll stick to the internet for most of my needs as I really didn't have the time for all the driving and such.

Welcome to Justin Penwith of The Royalist Roundhead just another guy trying to get back into the hobby on a budget. He's got some really good insights and ideas. The post on blogs that inspire him inspired me, frankly. So look out for a post on the blogs that get me going.

18 comments:

  1. Hey, Sean, thank you for the plug . I have been in a funk, myself, due to RL issues and wargaming is my stress relief. Since I have not been able to game but twice in the past couple of months, I am having to rely on planning, preparing (for the eventual improvement in RL), and designing.

    I am currently working on a dice system for resolving 18th century sieges, to use with my pending campaign. I am also working on a set of rules for an ACW game to put on for my club (heavily inspired by Bob Cordery's rules at his site).

    I may have to post my thoughts on these to get feedback from my readers.

    Nice going on the washes. Anymore, I am just brushing on AP dip over a 3 tone paint job. I cannot yet bring myself to do just a single color for the basecoats.


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    1. Your welcome Justin, and I understand. I have more ideas than results as this point. Siege resolution for 18th Cent sounds interesting. Ross Mac and Kaptain Kobold also have some riffs on ACW gaming that might be worth a look.

      I'm happy to give opinions etc. if you need a sounding board. In fact I can't stop myself. Good luck and I'll root for you from the sidelines.

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    2. Can you point me to those two gents? I have nearly finished the initial outline of the ACW rules. I want to make sure I haven't left any gaping holes before I post for comment.

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    3. Sure Justin The Stronghold Rebuilt is the Kaptain's blog http://hordesofthethings.blogspot.com/ and specifically Mighty Mean Fowt Fights on his free stuff page.

      Ross Mac is at Battle Game of the Month http://gameofmonth.blogspot.com/

      Hearts of Tin is his main ACW ruleset but he also worked off of Bob Cordery's Portable Wargame. I believe his label is portable game.

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  2. Totally curious how the inks will work for you. I feared the amount of work you have to put into mixing these (if you want some more than only one color) and stayed with the well known ones you can buy.

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    1. Thanks Paradox0n. I have been meaning to try this out for a long time. We'll see if I totally destroy some figures with it. I didn't want to get too fancy, just use the inks I had on hand.

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  3. Hey I recognize that bright blue, yell and orange pile of plastic in the background and the spaceships in front of it. You need to get working on those. I really am anxious to see how you paint them.

    Cant wait to see your results with the home made ink wash.

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    1. Hi Doug (hangs head in shame). I've done f**k all with your prize, but marginally better than the one I received from Anne or the largesse I received from a guy on the Old School gaming group. I do sometimes wonder if I have ADD. If I mentioned it to the Dr. they'd probably just think I was trying to score Ritalin. I pledge to get something done on these soon since I had a breakthrough in how I wanted to paint them.

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  4. That's such a good idea by Les, looking forward to your results.

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    1. Thanks Fran. I'm trying to get on it.

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  5. Me too, can't wait to see how the inks work???

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    1. Thanks Ray, I'll have something soon.

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  6. Thanks for the link for those Inks, I have to say the sepia and darlk brown look really sexy and could be used for countless projects...
    I'll wait to see what you do of those but I definitely want to try them (the elder used as an exemple convinced me)

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    1. Thanks Asslessman. They do actually sell them under the brand name Secret Weapon. But you can make them yourself so I thought I'd give it a try.

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  7. Nice do-it-yourself washes. I will have to pick up a bottle of Flow aid and make some myself. BTW, I see that Pirate Ship in your haul. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean. My adventures with flow aid have not been all that great, but I can see its usefulness. I just have to figure out what to do about the puny cannons for 1/72 scale.

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  8. The two Roman sets are a bit of a dissepointment for me, for so less poses! But that ship is awesome! Great purchase!

    And now I'm going to have a look how your homemade washes worked out! ;-)

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Hi Peter, you are right about the poses for those sets. The cavalry at least has three distinct poses while the infantry is definitely disappointing with only two, and not a single sword drawn. I should have looked on PSR but I was in a rush and trying to buy locally.

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