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16 Feb 2018 9:31 p.m. PST
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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 8:22 a.m. PST

Do you mix your paints to make the color you want or do you buy 15 types of green so you always have the exact shade in there somewhere?

I mix colors all the time.
I only use colors out of the bottle.
I mix rarely, if I am missing something.
I mix for specific things (like skin tones).

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 8:26 a.m. PST

I mix rarely, if I am missing something. I have so many blues and greens, it is ridiculous!

21eRegt Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 8:26 a.m. PST

Rarely, rarely mix a color.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 8:36 a.m. PST

Very rarely mix, nor do I buy lots of different shades.

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member08 Aug 2017 8:37 a.m. PST

Have been mixing for over 30 years.

If I have a largish project on, or at least plans for one, I'll pre-mix extra during the first mix. But those tend to separate pretty quickly.

Since ca. 1992 (when I bought my first PC) I consistently write down successful "recipes" (formulations?). I have no proof but I'm convinced that's saved me a lot of money in the long run …

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 8:57 a.m. PST

Out of the bottle.

BCantwell08 Aug 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

If I'm looking to have a particular color and will be needing it multiple times, I mix up a batch of the paint I want in some ~1 oz dropper bottles that my wife got for me one year. That is not often needed though as I have a bunch of browns, greens, blues, and greys.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 9:02 a.m. PST


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

Rare. You can get almost anything, so mostly it's something I don't need much of, or an unexpected need.

attilathepun4708 Aug 2017 9:12 a.m. PST

I mix rarely for specific things, such as terrain and buildings. Uniforms, after all, are supposed to look uniform, and remixing an exact match is very tricky.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 9:18 a.m. PST

Rare. When I do it's usually on the go.

Years ago, I was painting up a fleet of Star Trek ships and looking for the right color. From a modeling magazine I found a suggested mix. I was something like mix 2/2/1. So, I took 5 bottles of paint and mixed them in a larger bottle. It worked great for the color I needed.

Thomas O08 Aug 2017 9:26 a.m. PST

I'll mix a bit on my wet pallet, but mostly for high-lights or one off figures.

Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

I'll mix if I don't need a lot of the color.

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

Yes, to both actually. OTOH I usually buy craft paints.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

I often mix… to obtain that perfect shade or, to put something a bit different on an otherwise bland group of figures.

When matching the uncovered edges of shields using transfers it is a must. Often best to write down the combination for future repairs or touch ups.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 10:46 a.m. PST

I mix constantly. I mixed ten minutes ago.

I also mix whole pots to get exactly the colors I want- buy the "base" color, and have a box of "mixer" pots that I draw paint from to mix in. Though for whatever reason I've never actually done it with my Vallejo, about a quarter of my P3 paints are mixed.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

I mix all the time. Sometimes to have large batches around, others if I just want to do a highlight progression and dropped out too much of the shade color. I'll add gray or white to that and go with where it takes me adding more of the lighter color in as I go.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 12:26 p.m. PST

I rarely mix paints, mostly because I want to be able to replicate my work in the future if I want to expand a unit.

The funny thing is that I enjoy mixing paints. Creating colors is pleasing to my inner artist. I do occasionally mix paints to create a whole bottle of a custom color I can't purchase off the shelf, but I'm careful to write down the "formula" I used to get the color.

- Ix

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member08 Aug 2017 12:52 p.m. PST

I think he whole mixing thing kind of presupposes making a note of what you're mixing for future reference.

Quite surprised that so few (at least in this thread) do it.

Zephyr108 Aug 2017 2:21 p.m. PST

Sometimes I mix, but mostly the mini is stuck with the closest color to what I need/can find… ;-)

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

I mix if there is no other choice, I live in fear of having to touch up and not being able to match the shade!

Personal logo jeffreyw3 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 2:47 p.m. PST

I mix colors constantly, but I also have > 300 bottles of paints and washes.

wrgmr108 Aug 2017 5:20 p.m. PST

Both depending on the circumstances because I sometimes cannot find the right shade I need.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 5:30 p.m. PST

I'm a paint junkie. My acrylic mountain rivals the one made of lead. I rarely if ever mix.

War Panda09 Aug 2017 6:54 a.m. PST

I like to mix

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 10:36 a.m. PST

Uniforms, after all, are supposed to look uniform

Concur. However, if I am wearing a khaki cover, shirt, trousers, and belt you can be assured that I am wearing at least six different colors of khaki.

Chgowiz10 Aug 2017 8:39 a.m. PST

Both. I have a lot of paints in colors that I use as a base, but if I need something special, I mix. Or if I need to do a "between" kind of color, I mix.

T Corret Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 7:08 p.m. PST

I mostly use artist's oils, so mix it all the time. Since so little is used, my grandchildren will inherit most of the tubes.

Elenderil11 Aug 2017 5:14 a.m. PST

I'm a mixer, although for colours which are standards I will buy the exact shade. Most of my figures are pre 1700 when dying wasn't an exact science and some variation in shade was expected so I don't feel like every figure in a unit must be wearing exactly the same shade of a colour. Plus I like my Dark Age figures to show variation in colour albeit within a restricted range of shades.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 8:32 a.m. PST

I mix for specific things (like skin tones).

DOUGKL11 Aug 2017 7:24 p.m. PST

I mix to get shades I can't find out of the bottle, like the pale green used on Japanese WWII aircraft. Or just to get shading or more variation of a color. It is very dependent on the project.

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