Okay, not really, but a bit pointless when one paints everything in Contrast Paint. So today I eventually plucked up the courage to give an oil wash a go. Now to be fair I went for burnt umber instead of a black mix. As I was slapping it liberally everywhere on some skeletons it kind of dawned on me that the whole point of contrast was to do just what the oil wash would do… but I persevered and did twelve, waited about 20 minutes and wiped the wash off the surface… this is a mix of wash and not…

I haven’t given up on them. I resprayed some of the ruins in a lighter brown and am going to set about them with a dry brush tomorrow. My plan is to use an oil wash for the mortar between the stones.

7 thoughts on “Oil Paint Washes… A Waste of Time

  1. I’ve used them once, and they were… fine. The main reason I haven’t used them more is because of all the faffing around with white spirit and such when I’m already space pressed and have all my acrylic stuff laid out…

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  2. I think they look fine, Steve! When you say “oil” though do you mean enamel (e.g. Humbrol) or traditional oil paints that artists use? I use thinned enamel washes on vehicles and buildings but not usually on figures, mainly because in my favoured 20mm scale the detail is too fine for them to work properly for me. But for shading and mucky washes on big items I like them. Your skeletons have just the sort of detail to make them work well! 🙂

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