After a painting session my hand will very often end up looking like this;
I hope to explain in this post, why this isn't quite as insane as it may seem, and also how a hand can be invaluable tool in any miniature painter's arsenal.
Sometimes, when you're blending two similar colours (e.g. red to purple), a cheat shortcut can be taken.
The internet will almost always suggest glazing, wet blending, or two brush blending to get a smooth gradient, whilst i too mostly use them, the sneaky thumb smudge can save ages sometimes!
The OSL on this riptide's gun on the purple, was done by applying orange paint, thumb smudging, and repeating that a couple of times to get the gradient, then just painting in solid orange, the edge closest the light source.
*Slight warning with this technique: It will only work with certain close colours and often only on small flat areas, however I use it occasionally when I can since its just so good at time saving!
Secondly, the hand is a good test for consistency, if I'm making a glaze to colour a part of a model, building up a good blend needs each paint layer to be translucent and thin enough to apply. My surefire test I use, is to apply the thinned paint to the side of my thumb; it should flow into the lines of your hand and only lightly tint raised areas between the lines. If it all flows into the recesses, it needs to be thicker, whilst if it produces a too solid line, i know to add more medium.
To me, tissue paper or a pallet is no comparison, they won't demonstrate the effect the glaze strength will have on raises and recesses in the same way.
Plus, this quick check will allow me to easily remove excess fluid from the bristles before applying to the model.
Some recent glazing I was quite pleased with:
I always find painting the blood effects on a miniature, can be the most satisfying part of the process. Im sure many warriors in the 41st millennium often dismember an enemy to find a spray of blood explode in all directions. Awesome gore, so how to do it on your models? I use red and gloss varnish mix (although the GW Blood for the Blood God effects paint works too)
Chop the bristles short on an old brush, apply paint, pull back on the bristles and letting loose
splatters of gore onto the surface you aim at.
Another experiment i tried was to use my finger's texture to lightly apply an uneven soft patch of blue, to make a nebulae pattern on parts of this razor wing jet fighter:
What hand uses have you found for your own painting?
Has anyone been convinced by this post to try out any of these techniques?