I think you’re right about the weather being the cause. The can has been sat in the uninsulated conservatory and was probably much too cold maybe causing some clumping of the pigment in the paint.
I’ve spent a bit of time throwing the base colours on to see how they cover and seeing how the scheme works on the termis since it’s planned for normal marines - some quick and dirty pictures:
The paint is covering well so far and I’m really happy with the coverage of the Valejo bone white but I’m not sure about the way I’ve applied the scheme to the model. There isn’t enough purple, too much white and I’m not sure about the silver at the moment. It’ll all change when I apply the washes and highlights so I’ll be patient with it and finish before I go fucking around with it too much.
Next steps are:
- Another coat of white
- The first layers of the gold
- Purple drybrush
- Gold drybrush
- Touch ups
- Purple wash
- Sepia wash over the white
- Drybrush over the feet to darken them
- Blue’d wash over the silver areas
- Wash over the gold
- Final drybrush over the silver
- Final drybrush over the purple
- Final drybrush over the gold
- Final drybrush over the white
- Final darkening drybrush over the feet
Haven’t decided what to do about the details like the blood drop emblems, wires and joints and stuff.
My knee jerk would be to repaint the top half of the torso in purple, keeping the bottom half white and painting the panel on the back white. Dunno yet though.