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I've finally gotten my ork army all assembled and have begun the (somewhat tedious) task of painting all the models. When I first started in this hobby over 10 years ago I wasn't much of a painter and over the years I've picked up more and more techniques for making my models look better. The one technique that I've found to be most of value is an ink wash. This truly gives the models a finished, professional look. I compare what my models look like without an ink wash to ones that have it and there is a dramatic difference. I've especially liked the look it's given to my ork army as I wanted them to have a bit more of a dirty and worn look to them. Ever since I've learned how to apply ink washes I never finish a model without it. I'd love to hear if there are any other techniques anyone uses that they've found a real value in.

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Taking time and practicing blending really helps get a good finish.
I can only recently call myself "good' at blending but it is worth putting effort into.
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I really think that it's a personal preference. If you get really good at blending, like some people on heresy, you really won't need a wash to get the recesses of a model to look darker. Though sometimes, washes can give a model that one "look" you're looking for, but at other times, washes can make a model go overboard, if that makes sense. For an "amateur" painter, washes can really be a great friend. (I say this, not to be mean, since I really don't know your paint style and "level".) But keep at painting!~

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For an "amateur" painter, washes can really be a great friend. (I say this, not to be mean, since I really don't know your paint style and "level".) But keep at painting!~
Washes, glazes and other forms of extreme dilutions for layering are still techniques used by good painters. In fact, the only difference between how you use them for display models vs army painting, is the amount of wash/ink you aply over your models.

Using inks and glazes doesn't mean you have to soak your miniature in it. Once you start to get the hang of glazing, it'll complement your blending a great deal.

One technique you have to master first though: applying even basecoats. Once you have that down (and that means learning how to effectively thin your paint), you'll make a leap in your painting as well. Sounds easy enough, but it's not.
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Hence there's the quotes around "amateur". I wasn't trying to talk anyone down. It's just that for more less experienced painters, it can be easier to cover a whole model with a wash rather than actually paint every little detail. What I was actually trying to say didn't really get through in words.

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Learning how my paints "behave" was an invaluable skill for me. Spend time painting and you quickly pick up how different colors flow and react to thinning / mixing etc. It's quite important really because the wrong consistency can ruin a finished miniature and many lower-table top quality paintjobs often show poor signs of the artists knowledge of paint behaviour.

That and drybrushing. I was never good at it because I never realized how little paint was needed on the brush and that like most techniques "building up" was far more important that a "One coat only" approach, i was basically "wet" brushing all the time and never got the technique quite right until recently.

Blending is my next technique I want to try; the problem I suffer from is poor judgement on ratios when doing multiple models (eg: A squad), since I really should mix up batches of a color rather than just having it on my palette (which proceeds to dry out!)
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