So I know this is probably explaining how to suck eggs for a lot of people but I had a bit of a revelation last night with my painting. Basically with lots of thin lines of these dark eldar I was really struggling to get a nice crisp line. I was thinning my paints, using different size WnN7 series brushes and have a steady(ish) hand. Why were my lines still looking chalky ?
Anyway by chance I decided to try some drying retarder that I bought probably a year or two ago and couldn't believe the results. The paint changed from chalk to silk. Suddenly I was getting the kind of line I was looking for.
I guess it is doing two things, obviously stopping the paint drying but to be fair my paint is on a wet palette and thinned down so it should be ok anyway. The second I guess is changing the opacity and consistency of it. So I get a smooth finish that is slightly less opaque so therefore slightly more forgiving.
Anyway I thought I would show an example. One leg painted without drying retarder, and which I spent a lot more time on, vs the drying retarder version. Hopefully I don't have to explain which is which.
So there you have it, I know its not going to make me a golden demon winner but personally its a huge leap in terms of the crispness of lines I can achieve which is the direction I want to be going in.
Anyway heres the pic and thanks for reading :)