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While i've been working on my Grey Knights I've been trying to think of a way to give them a blue steel type of look without taking away the silver look I wanted them to have as well. Plus, I didnt want to go with a Badab Black wash as I believe it would take a serious chunk out of the silver look. So after wracking my brain, decided to try something that I never do: Mix paints! To be honest, I hate mixing paints. Seems I always waste more than I actually need. However, this time, I need ALOT of it so I can cover my entire army. What I did was extremly easy (even for a painting noobie like myself) to do. So, on to what I did, which will hopefully give you an idea you can use yourself! (Note: The GW paints used, obviously, will have new names since the new paint release. Just go to GW's site and find the new name)

This is the paints I used: GW Mithril Silver, Asurman Blue Wash, and Reaper paints Blue Steel.
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Depending on the amount you want to make will determine what you make it in or on. Like I said, I need alot of it. Will also need something to stir with!
1:To make the wash I wanted, I poured a good amount of Mithril Silver into the pot then put in just enough water to make it runny.

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2:I started to pour the Asurman Blue in while stirring it all together. Half a bottle later, decided that it wasnt making the dent in the silver that I wanted.

3: So I dug out the Blue Steel and started to mix that in. I used, roughly, (will explain that in a second) half of the Blue Steel paint than I had used of the Mithril Silver. (Explanation: I honestly didnt measure any of the mixes with any accuracy. I did this all until it appealed to my eyes and wants.)

4: I now had the color I wanted, but it wasnt "wash worthy" just yet. As any of you who have used the wash's or made them know, it needs to be really runny, almost to a water like consistency. While stirring, I slowly added more water, little by little, to get it to the runny level I needed.

5: The models were under coated with white and then base coated with Mithril Silver (as seen in this first picture)
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6: With just one coat of my new wash. I like it, but it wasnt "deep" enough for me just yet.
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7: This one has two coats of the blue steel wash. I'm really liking the blue of it while it, at the same time, still shows the Mithril underneath.
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8: Highlighting: This part (because highlighting Mithril Silver is not that easy if we are to be honest), now just became easier. With the Mithril's color toned down by the blue, you can now highlight with the origional color (Mithril).

Note: This is my first tut. Figured as I made the wash I wanted, might as well take a try at doing a tut. Tried to use the sites uploader but it kept giving me an error no matter how I did it. So I put the pics up on an account that I know I'll never move them from so the tut will be able to stick around. Hope you enjoyed!

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I have struggled for ages with this. I hate the look you get from a straight Asurmen Blue wash, I like 'em shiny too.

I did toy with this idea but thought, nah your can't do that but you can ! your result looks great, just a slight blueish tint.

Excellent stuff mate.
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I have spent 20+ hours creating a comprehensive guide to painting the above model in just 39 simple steps using the new Citadel paints.


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I found your article the other day. Was pretty good and I liked your painting. 39 steps though was a bit much as I painted mine in less than that and for me it's worked out fine. Point of my tut though was to show how to do metalic washes so people had an idea of how to get that tinted steel look. I'm going to be getting some new troops to make as solely purgation squads and I'm going to give their armor a red steel tint and will post that up in my log.
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Looking forward to seeing that Loki, a red tint could look awesome
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Personally I prefer your method Loki for two reasons:

1. It's far quicker
2. Its a much smoother uniform look.

In fact I like it so much you can have some +rep
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Tbh it just look silver to me. Id glaze pure blue into the joints and details. Two or three layers where needed and a fine final one of black right in the deepest parts. Its a great start though.

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