Gold is a bit of a paint to paint. Mostly because gold paints have a tendency to be, well, a little ropey. I've tried quite a number of them over the years and never really found one that 'just works'. I tied Vallejo Air Metallics last week and was generally pretty impressed. Nice coverage and control but one downside: For some reason, Citadel washes just wont sit right over them. That's a pain if you're working fast and like using washes.
So, last weekend I had a bit of a think about the problem and came up with something. Perhaps the ticket isn't to find the perfect gold paint but to work out how to not use the gold paint? Now, I use Citadel paints for the most part and their silver metallics are really nice. It occurred that Mithril Silver has very little grey quality to it. So, I got my hands on some rich burnt umber ink and mixed some into the Mithril. Bingo, a lovely rich gold. I chose a rich dark brown as it'd tint the colour with less ink so the coverage would be preserved as much as possible. For a more subtle gold I did the same but with a mix of yellow and burnt umber.Another good result.
Going to have to try this out properly on a mini sometime but my tests have been pretty impressive.
I used Daler Rowney FW inks personally. If you have old GW inks lying around, the Flesh Wash would probably work nicely.