Time is money. That's why I'd rather make my own than pay someone ridiculous prices to add the pigment and thinner together for me. $10 for a bottle of pre-made wash or $2 for a litre of minerial spirits and another $2 for a tube of artists oils that will probably last me for the next ten years. So that's more than 50% less work I have to do for 1000X as much. Time is money alright.
I agree with every word you said. I've never bought "wash" and can't imagine why anyone would. It intrigues me that many modellers are such suckers to imagine that they can't do the same, faster, cheaper and with greater satisfaction and better results themselves.
OTOH I get my thrills from the actual process of modelling. Contracting out things I could do myself seems to reduce the amount f enjoyment. If I didn't actually like the modelling part of modelling, I'd take every shortcut possible and buy ready builts.
It probably depends mainly on what each of us enjoys. As I'm no fan of canopy masking, I like using the pre-cut masks where the clear parts are at all complex. OTOH, I'd never buy pre-mixed washes--it doesn't bother me to mix my own and it doesn't take much time. In fairness, though, I'm usually doing relatively small models (1/72, single-engined), so I don't have any trouble with a consistent lot for a wash. Something bigger, it might be a hassle to match one batch of wash to the next. Never ran into that problem, but maybe...
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I don't use stuff like acrylic model paint and water for a wash. I do buy a quart of Turpenoid and a half dozen tubes of oil paint for washes. Having said that, its handy to have some pre mixed stuff in small amounts for detail work. The problem i have found with most of the pre mixed commercial washes is that they tend to bead up on the model.
Re: All the companies that sell washes for models?
March 16 2012, 12:55 AM
A wash is a wash, they are not subject specific. There's lots of premade washes available but I can't help you with any of them because I think they are a waste of money. Go to an art supply store and buy some artists oils and if you want to be fancy some turpanoid(not turpentine!!) for a thinner although minerial spirits works just about as well for MUCH less. There are also water based products that do the same thing although I prefer oils, I find they work better in more situations, the water based stuff works fine if you just want to highlight panel lines though.
Initial cash output may be more since you'll want lots of different colours but a tube of artists oils will last you for years. If you keep an eye open for a sale you can pick them up very cheap, I bought some for a buck a tube last year, may never need to buy any ever again.
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