It seems I need to be reminded of that motto from when I was in the Scouts. Why, you ask? Well, I sat down this weekend to get some painting done on my Grey Knights, after some other work I had to finish up Sunday night. I laid down the base coat of a slightly thinned Boltgun Metal and then had some dinner. Afterwards, I went to give the figures a preliminary wash of Badab Black and quickly realized one very important thing...
I didn't have any Badab Black.
After some choice words which my wife promptly reprimanded me for, I decided to share this embarrassing moment in time with you. I also decided to take this opportunity to outline my paint formula for the Grey Knights. I'll list it by major category, then step-by-step.
Thinned coat of Boltgun Metal
Liberal wash of Badab Black
Feathering of Boltgun Metal on larger plate surfaces
Feathering of Chainmail near the tops of surfaces
1:6, Asurmen Blue:Water ratio to glaze just in select shaded areas
Extreme highlight of Mithril Silver on just the edges that would catch light
Parchment and Cloth:
Thinned coat of Deneb Stone
Liberal, but controlled, wash of Devlan Mud
Feathering of Jack Bone over larger areas
Feathering of Menoth White Base towards the highlights
Extreme highlight of Menoth White Highlight
Base coat of Skorne Red (Mechrite Red can be used as well, but I like the depth of color in Skorne Red)
Liberal wash of a 4:1 ratio of Devlan Mud:Badab Black
Very thin feathering of Khador Red Base over major planes
Extreme highlight of 1:1 ratio of Khador Red Base:Khador Red Highlight
Those are the major formulas for the most-used colors on my Grey Knights. I'll go over the force weapons in another tutorial post.
I suppose the ultimate moral of the story here is always take stock of your paints before you start a project and get what you need. On my way home Monday I picked up two pots of Badab Black, and another two pots of Boltgun Metal, as I only had a half of a pot of that left too.
Anyone else make a goofy mistake like this? Please, someone tell me I'm not alone here...