Umbra wash does for me, slightly lighter than Devlan Mud for even smoother shading and totally matte. Fantastico The Flesh wash is really great for shading redcoats btw. Haven't tried the other washes yet but ordered grey, red, and black as well now. Happy to report back when I tried them.
This is the biggest thread on the forum (I think) and I don't believe I've contributed to it yet , anyway back to the current topic, this has really got my back up, if GW are changing all their paint names and system I think that's the final straw for me, not that I spend alot in their stores, but the constant price tweaks, ridiculous sales banter (ok I'm an adult I can say no), and now changing the paints, which I admit I primarily use, I can't be bothered with them anymore, (although I do need another battle mat but there's always ebay). I shall have to look into this Vallejo malarky, I used them once a long time ago and wasn't too sure, time to try again I think.
I would like to echo the thanks for the Daily Mash, I'd somehow managed to miss that one. Added it to my daily browse now
I'm starting to come round to Vallejo more now too. I'm getting used to working with a wet palette. But as with the old Humbrol Authentics there are some GW colours I really like to use. And the great big pots of cheap acrylics from Hobbycraft also have their uses. I spent ages mixing those to match Graveyard Earth so I wouldn't have to spend a fortune just putting the undercoat on bases.
Do we know when the great upheaval in GW paints is due to take place?
Its Vallejo paints all the way for me now, both Game and Model Colour.
The slow demise of GW is a bit of a shame really as I have always liked the extensive background to their games what with things like Space Marine chapters with crazy names like the Lamenters and so forth. I know that both my Brother in Law and Nephew who are into GW stuff, complain a lot these days about the price hikes and the constant introduction of bigger and more expensive models. When I was younger, I used to collect my army by buying the three miniature blister packs, buying one every other week or so and it is shame GW don't do many of those packs anymore.
Colonel White, Have you tried a spot of Fairy liquid or similar in the ink mix, it is supposed to stop pooling on the flat surfaces that results in a stained look, that you dont want. (I call this the ink wash look, as it is why I only use inks ocassionally!)
Flow Improver is much better to use than Fairy Liquid. Fairy has all sorts of crap added to it which can leave a chalky residue when it dries if you use a bit too much. Flow improver is a very pure nonionic surfactant (I can tell from the smell with my magical chemist's nose) with no added crap.
For the same reason always use deionised or distilled water, especially if you live in a hard water area.