Slowly but surely (with extra emphasis on the slowly part of that equation), I’ve been plugging away at more of my Space Marine army. A few weeks ago, I got around to my shading wash on my now-yellow terminators—or rather, I did my shading wash on five of them.
As I progressed on the first one I realised the brown wash I was doing was WAY too dark: building up to a vivid yellow was going to be more work than I had planned with the kind of dark wash I just put down on the yellow termie. So I switched things up and remembered—after the fact—that I wasn’t using a brown to shade the yellow of my army; I was using the old Flesh Wash ink. So I proceeded to wash the yellow terminators with the Flesh Wash ink wash.
Still too dark.
Now I’m stuck with a third of my terminators shade far more darkly than I am comfortable with (and comfortable with having to put highlights on); so, first off: uniform army colours have gone a bit sideways; second off: I’m now at a loss as to what my “super easy” shortcut to an amazing yellow is; and I now have to tinker with shades again. Sigh.
–Not that having to tinker with inks is a terrible prospect for me: I have enough painting experience (and enough experience with inks) that I’m not too worried. It’s just a hassle where I was expecting to have none. (Though the good news is that by my fifth guy, I started getting the ink mixture a lot closer to what I need….too bad that I didn’t get a photo of that guy for this post. Ah well; another day, Highlander.)
Right. Lesson Learned.
When you start projects, don’t decide to string them along for over a year…you might just forget how it was you were doing things back when you started.