My minis have gotten nice reviews
, so I'll take a crack at it...
Specificly, how do you mix your colours?
For the most part, I don't. I have about 50-60 different jars/bottles/tins of paint, and I tend to use them.
If I want a different colour, I tend to get it by applying a "wash" (slopping ink or paint that has been thinned with water over the area), or "drybrushing" (putting paint on a brush, wiping most of it off on my painting board, and then brushing over that part of the mini so that only a little bit of paint scrapes off the brush onto the figure).
Washes tend to flow to the crevises of a figure, so they accentuate the shadows. Generally, I use darker paint than I used as the base coat to make the shadows more obvious.
Drybrushing wipes off on the high part of the mini or edges, so it's used for highlighting where the sun would hit or glint--edges of swords, tops of helmets, or even the middle parts of clothing.
However, sometimes I do have to mix up a new paint color for some reason....
First, what do you take the paint/ink out of the bottle with?
I use toothpicks, transferring the drops of paint to a mini-palette of a flipped-over slotta-base (using it as a small bowl--they have to be useful for *something*). To get a sufficient amount, I usually have to do several big drops of each paint--I use a different toothpick for each colour in case I decide I need more.
How do you mesure to get predictable results?
If I need to measure, it's by drops. I generally have a third toothpick to mix, so I can get a good idea of how the colors are turning out. When I get close to what I want, I add smaller drops of paint in the mix.
If it starts drying out, add thinner (I use water as I mostly use acrylic paints--though horses get oils so you can see the patterns of hair!)
Is there a way to keep it for a while to use later?
Some people do their mixing in little jars, but I find this uses up a lot more paint than I'm willing to use. If I think I'm going to need it again, I leave a little color sample on a piece of basswood that I keep next to my table. It does take some experience to learn how much wet paint and dry paint differ in color.
It won't all happen at once--I've been painting for over 20 years, and I still have some of my early figures with Testors enamels around to remind me of exactly how bad I was to start!