Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Well it is not so much of water it down like people say just monitor how much is on ur brush.
Personally I never had a need to water down many paints. I dip the very tip in and paint til I cover as much area as I can and before it drys swipe the brush over it again to get any air bubbles/blobs I can's see.
Watering it down could also have been a problem watering it down incorrectly can make more mess then leaving it alone. To much water will make it like a ink and slide it into the recesses which was your problem with the eyes.
Gloss varnish is usually frowned on because it makes them shinney and no one really mentions it but if ur by the coats like yours truely it is never dry enough to use a sprayer outside of a spray booth so u get blobs and nasty effect on the model.
You seemed to start with a red base coat rather then black or white. not to big of a issues but can cause the red to be brighter then it should be. Starting with a darker red will help alot. I had a model on here where I went for black in the deepest recesses was going for a anime megna effect. Where starting with a dark dark colour will help alot.
Buying oil like nuln oil will help with metals you can basically not mess it up even if you try lol. Place that on top of the metals to get rid of a shine unreal look and add mucky look/shade to it