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- Lieutenant Colonel
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- Joined: Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:34 pm
- Location: The Red Rose County
I dont think i've ever used Matt Varnish on my figures(mostly cos i want to repaint later) However i've reached a reasonable standard and want to save some figures from the threat of chipping.
Who does the best Matt Varnish,and how to apply?
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- Lieutenant Colonel
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- Joined: Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:12 pm
- Location: Buckinghamshire
It depends on your type of paint (acrylic vs. enamel), but as an acrylic paint user, I finish my figures with two thin coats of Windsor & Newton's "Galleria" Acrylic Matt Varnish (easy water clean-up). I feel it's 'matt' enough to bring out the transitions in colours, hard enough to protect the figures (it's OK to paint over for 'repairs' and re-varnish), yet still lets the lustre of metallics come through. I've most recently used this technique on the figures here: http://www.leagueofaugsburg.com/fightin ... php?t=2670
, so have a look and judge for yourself.
- Command Sergeant Major
- Posts: 105
- Joined: Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:02 am
- Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
I've used Testors dull-coat and Army Painter (both sprays) and found both to work equally well.
A couple of snags however I've come across:
- both turn steel (WG 'boltgun metal' and/or 'chainmail') a dull grey, so re-touching is necessary on weapons and armour
- inkjet paper flags are destroyed, so for me be-flagging is the absolutely last step in a project
- Major General
- Posts: 720
- Joined: Sun Jan 16, 2005 12:18 am
- Location: Dumfries, Scotland
in the past i've used good old humbrol but now usually use Windsor & Newton, Gloss then a Matt on top.
I've used army painter. no problems but it is REALLY matt.Sometimes leaves the figures with a strange dry feel.works fine though.
- Lieutenant General
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- Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:04 pm
There's a great Matt varnish called HMG available from Figures in Comfort- it gives the flattest matt finnish that i have ever encountered.
- Private First Class
- Posts: 23
- Joined: Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:35 pm
- Location: Birmingham, England
I use Ultra Tough Hardglaze Clear Varnish (from the local large Homebase) as my first coat as gloss is inherently stronger and more resilient than matt, and for my top coat I use Daler-Rowney Soluble Matt Varnish (available from all good art shops). this way I have the strength of the gloss coupled with the flatness of the matt. Unfortunately both of these are enamel so turps or similar is required to clean the brush.
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- Brigadier General
- Posts: 419
- Joined: Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:37 am
- Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
I have a collection of varnishes that I use. My spaceships and sci-fi figures I will spray with Testors Gloss Coat or Krylon satin to leave them shiny.
Any time I am working with decals or transfers, I follow the guide on the Little Big Man packages. I'll varnish the transfer with Delta Ceramicoat brish on varish, then hit the entire unit with first a coat of Krylon Gloss, then Army Builder Matt Varnish to take the shine off.
If I don't have transfers, I just use the Army Builder Matt Varnish.