Yesterday I picked up a couple dropper bottles of "Transparent Raw Umber" Liquitex ink from a big hobby store chain as it was on clearance for about 50% off. They carry a large range of other colors as well but this one looked close to the color of "Devlan Mud" by Citadel.
As I am always on the lookout for new painting techniques and tricks (and I am cheap) I sprung for the last two bottles they had in the hopes of finding a suitable fill in or replacement for the foul smelling crud found in the mud. Did a super quick (as in 15 seconds each before I had to run off to work) wash of two skeletons as a comparison and the results are interesting:
|Your basic Devlan washed, bleached bone based, skeledude.|
|The skeledude washed with the "Raw Umber" Liquitex ink.|
|The direct comparison, Liquitex on the left and Citadel on the right.|
One thing I noticed after applying the ink was a layer of particle matter (mostly pigment) on the bottom of the bottle. The skeleton is a bit darker and a little more... metallic? Perhaps that is the floating pigment rearing its head. I have to say I am happy with the results (and price) and I will experiment more with these types of ink on my miniatures. The ink has a different consistency but it doesn't seem to take as much to get the job done, meaning these 100 or so skeletons I need to paint won't break the bank in little wash pots.
What do you think? Have you used the Liquitex, or another brand of ink wash, before in your painting?