One of my Marine buddies (Cpl Bunn) is the one responsible for my 40K crack-like addiction. He has a Space Wolves army and paints slower than a narcoleptic blind man. So I decided to try some new stuff and help him out at the same time. Many of you have seen the Army Painter
link so I decided to try something similar.
I primed 2 models with GW gray primer. I then spray painted one of those models with Rust-Oleum Slate Blue satin paint. The GW gray primer looks exactly like the original plastic, so I wasn't too happy with it, but the slate blue didn't look too bad.
I didn't do ANY type of highlighting, blending, drybrushing, inks, washes or anything because I wanted to see the effects of the dipping varnish.
For the varnish I used MinWax PolyShades in the Classic Oak color. Make sure you let dry for at least 24 hours.
I also tested out a banner on some printer shipping label sheet to see what it would look like. The rabbit on the banner is Max from "Sam and Max". I picked him cause we called Bunn, "Bunny" in the Corps. (very original, I know) The dog/wolf I found in some toy store.
So this is what I learned...
1. The Classic Oak varnish was too light, I shoulda gone darker.
2. The MinWax varnish is way too heavy/thick, it can be diluted with a paint thinner like turpentine. Or just REALLY shake the hell outta that mini! You can see how the varnish collected in the holes of the bolter barrel.
3. Should have used lighter colors. The pouches are too dark brown, you can't see the effects of the varnish.
4. You need to use a LIGHT coat of matte spray. Emphasis on LIGHT!!!! Did i mention LIGHT? You can see on the shoulder pads and on the weapon metals that they appear 'cracked'. Well, that's what happens when you put on a heavy ass coat of matte varnish. I was on my way out the door and I wanted to finish before I left, so I over sprayed. I know better, but you know how it is.