I've only gotten my hands on the relatively new Citadel Gemstone paints just the past Monday. And, after watching a few other reviews and tutorials, I found that it works well for gems. But what other uses does it have? For this entry, I'll be figuring out how it works on a flat surface to imitate coloured or tinted glass. Hit the jump to get to the review and some pictures!
In terms of consistency, the new gemstone paints handle a lot like Blood for the Blood God. I would like to think that these new paints are simply Blood for the Blood God with new colours. They like to go on thick, and level out as they dry.
Some Technical Things
Drying time: Slow. It takes 20-30 minutes to dry enough to paint over.
Curing time: Hours. Best leave it overnight, and even then feels tacky for a few more hours. Dries glossy.
Consistency: Thick and gel-like. Similar to Base paints or Blood for the Blood God.
Notes: Use a bigger brush than you normally would. Thicker coats than usual, but you'll still need 1-2 layers to make it look nice. 15 second working time, then it starts leaving streaks.
How Does It Work?
So, for painting flat surfaces, I needed a larger brush and a bit more paint than you initially think you'll need. But here, you can see how the effect works. I'll have to cover this with a second layer to compensate for my very visible brushstrokes.
There's not too much difference between the two metallic paints at the present time. And the same goes for the Waystone Green.
A light wash of Nuln Oil provides a light gradient that may or may not work for you. If you paint gradients of shaded, medium and bright Runefang Steel (or whatever metal you use), it may look better than simply washing all the edges.
In closing, use an appropriately sized brush. Use something bigger than you normally use since you want to spread the paint as evenly and as quickly as you can. I imagine it'll work the same way for Space Marine or Eldar helmet lenses as these glass panes. Compared to the classic method of blending paints for emulating lenses or gems, using these Gemstone paints is certainly going to make it faster but not necessarily prettier.
If you're aiming to win a Golden Demon or some other painting award, this will take a bit more work to be amazing and those are things I cannot teach you. But if you're like me and just want to get the guys to decently painted tabletop quality, these gemstones are a gift from the Emperor himself!