EVERYTHING BELOW THE LINE IS LESTER BURSLEY’S ORIGINAL CONTENT. NONE OF IT WAS WRITTEN BY MYSELF. FULL CREDIT TO LES FOR HIS WORK AND BEING WILLING TO SHARE HIS KNOWLEDGE WITH THE COMMUNITY.
This is a cut-and-paste repost of a post made by Lester Bursley on Dakka, back in 2009. Some of the links may no longer work, but all of the information therin is still relevant, and incredibly useful. While I do buy range of commercial washes from Games Workshop, P3, vallejo and others, I also make my own using Les’ recipies and based off of Les’ recipies. I also keep a bunch of dropper bottles of ready made medium – just waiting on the ink for when I need to replace or make something new.
This is why I’ve reposted this today. I actually thought I had all of Les’ notes saved, and then could not find them. So I thought I’d post it here – not for clicks (my blog is tiny anyway) but for myself, for you guys who haven’t seen this and might find it useful, and for archive purposes – because as Photobucket happily showed us, the internet isn’t exactly permanent. As you’ll see below, some of the image links have started to die already…
The original post can be found here:
There’s also a copy posted on Awesomepaintjob here:
I hope my efforts in testing inspire others to find cheaper alternatives to save our community
money. With the prices of models and other things not easily replaced, the hobby is expensive
and we should share what we can. -Les
You will need:
* Distilled Water (grocery store)
UK list by Tek:
Ingredients for UK LBursley washes:
* Distilled Water (You can but this at petrol stations / tool shops easily. Halfords defo stock it,
I got mine from Esso though. Allegedly places like Boots or Superdrug also stock it)
bottles; anywhere that sells Vallejo / P3 paints will sell empties.
Really your best bet in the UK for finding any art materials are;
All recipes use 1 oz bottles. Adjust to whatever size you decide to go with.
*Fill 1 filler bottle with Matte Medium, the other with a 10:1 Distilled Water and Flow Aid.
with the Water/Flow Aid mix leaving a little room for the ink drops so you dont over flow.
Tailoring Washes to your liking:
-DARKEN-LIGHTEN: add or subtract drops from the recipe (duh lol)
than water i.e. 60% medium 40% water
Experimenting with MIXES and Custom Colors:
is “write it down”. Have a little notebook just for mixes. Write the medium/water ratios
and drops of ink (each color if it’s a combo). The number of colors you can come up with
My mixes will give you a starting point and you can customize to your liking from there.
Soft Body Black: 20 drops Black
Heavy Body Black: 60 drops Black
Parchment: 40 Drops Flesh Tint
Flesh Wash: 40 Drops Burnt Umber
Dark Sepia: 40 Drops Sepia
Blue: 40 Drops Rowney Blue
Green: 40 Drops Dark Green
Purple: 40 Drops Purple Lake
You can mix the ink colors to make infinate amounts of custom colors for your own
purpose. Never buy washes with limited color choices. You now have the recipe to
the most flexible wash production that you can do at home.
h2o-flow aid mix is added after the ink is counted out)
STONE – 60 Raw Sienna : 20 Black
RUBY – 60 Flame Red : 20 Black
ARMOR WASH – 60 Sepia : 20 Black
SAPPHIRE – 60 Rowney Blue : 20 Black
BABY POOP – 60 Flame Orange : 20 Black
ALGAE – 60 Dark Green : 20 Black
SEWER WATER – 60 Burnt Umber : 20 Black
AMETHYST – 60 Purple Lake : 20 Black
CONCRETE – 60 Flesh Tint : 20 Black
STORM CLOUD – 60 Turquoise : 20 Black