My go-to method in 15mm is to block paint, wash with Devlon Mud and highlight to finish. Sadly, I've used up all my Mud. Agrax Earthshade is supposed to be the new Devlan Mud but it isn't. I recently tried mixing up my own washes but I can't quite match the color/shading of Devlon Mud. I've seen the great work many of you do with Army Painter Strong Tone dip so I figured I'd give it a go.
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What works? Great coverage, good shading, very good consistency in that it sticks to the figure well without all running down to the base like my Future mixes do. AP puts a protective coat over your painting, which is especially handy with skirmish figures. The shading is quite nice once it cures.
What doesn't? Good lord it stinks! I can't dip with an open window because its winter. This is a challenge for anyone who lives as far north of the equator as the Vikings once did. When I dip, I have to do it quickly and then shut the door to my painting room. Also, I have to keep mineral spirits on my painting table to clean my dipping brush and to be honest, I'd much rather work with water-based products for the easy clean up and no smell.
Gripping Beast figs dipped and highlighted. Once again, I kept a limited Dark Age palette. I'm pleased with the results but I'll go a bit lighter on some of my base colors the next time.
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