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How to thin Vallejo/Model Color paints to create a wash

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How to thin Vallejo/Model Color paints to create a wash
Posted by Hobbie on Friday, March 8, 2019 6:16 AM

Question for the Vallejo/Model Color user ; what do you use to thin those colors and make a wash?

I know about the ready-to-use Vallejo washes but they are not what I need ; I recently purchased Calvin Tan's Osprey book "modelling waffen ss figures", and his techniques require using washes during the process with different tones or mixes. So, the ready-to-use are not an option, and neither are the classic oils.

I'm only used to oil washes, with lighter fluid ; how should I thin the Vallejos without destroying the base coats when applying? Just water? Still lighter fluid?

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Posted by German Armour on Friday, March 8, 2019 11:19 AM

Hi, in reguards to your question, I have the same book :) you can thin down the vallejo paints with water/flow retarder mix till it's thin. It goes on real nice.

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, March 8, 2019 4:34 PM

Yeah, water, as German Armor said.  I use water to make washes with Vallejo colors, also with Andrea, and with craft store acrylics.

I don't use retarders, myself, I haven't found it necessary.  But your mileage may vary, as they say.

For my gloss toy soldiers, I do use water, acrylic colors, and Future, to make thin glazes that are similar to washes.  The purpose is the same-to put down a layer of very thin color, which settles in relief areas and provides a contrast to surrounding colors.

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