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Dear Heretics I would like to paint my spacemarine termi chaplain with highly polished/enameled looking armor, can I do this just by applying a few layers of gloss varnish or would I be better off buying actual gloss paint, at the moment all I have is G.W paints, advice as always greatly appreciated and thanks In advance, Oldman!!

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You're probably better off using a gloss varnish, that way you're still doing the bulk of the work using paints you are familiar with and techniques you are used to.

I've seen a high gloss style done before using just standard acrylics but I haven't yet worked out how to do it myself, possibly in a similar way to NMM which I suck at!

Best of luck with it, post up some pics when its done!

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If you do not use Gloss as Norm suggested it can take a great deal of time, layering and effort to get the effect that you want. You can practice the technique by using NMM as a basis but just use blacks and greys but it takes a while.
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What I do is highlight with codex grey extreme highlight fortress grey, especially 'inside the trim' on shoulder pads (if you look at some of the CSM guys you will see what I mean) and then varnish over it.

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You're probably better off using a gloss varnish, that way you're still doing the bulk of the work using paints you are familiar with and techniques you are used to.

I've seen a high gloss style done before using just standard acrylics but I haven't yet worked out how to do it myself, possibly in a similar way to NMM which I suck at!

Best of luck with it, post up some pics when its done!
What is NMM?
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With my Dark Eldar, I've just do the base coat, give the armor some strong highlights, then wash with black ink. That blends the highlights, shades the recesses and at the same time gives the armor a nice gloss finish. Very quick and easy.

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What is NMM?
Non Metallic Metals, painting something to look like metal using non metallic paints, usually golds painted using browns and yellows.

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My whole army has black polished armour and for me, just gloss varnish is fine.
However, I would recommend using only a single layer of gloss varnish, as I have experienced some kind of foggy/milky-effect sometimes occuring in between layers.

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Non Metallic Metals, painting something to look like metal using non metallic paints, usually golds painted using browns and yellows.
You'll have to pardon my ignorance on this, I simply don't know, are you referring to painting a base of brown and then apply a wash/glaze of yellow?
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Here's a great tutorial on how to do it by one of the best at the technique, moo.

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