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    Varnish Help

    'Ello all,
    I getting ready to start painting my witch hunters, however, I am unsure of what type of varnish I should use on them. I am afraid of the paint getting worn off the model, especially the metal models. So the question at hand I suppose do I use a glossy varnish or a matte varnish. I would rather the sisters look worn, as opposed to looking like it's their first time on the battlefield. So if I could get some inputs I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance guys.


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    to keep the paint from chipping as you play I have discovered a few good things...

    1. Prime your minis - The paint you'll be using is acrylic, and as such kinda soft. It will chip of very easy if there isn't anything for it to grab a hold of. I recommend a good, sandable primer, like the duplicolor, which you can get at an auto parts (autozone) store.

    2. Glossy protects better - A glossy varnish is harder than a matte, and as such it protects better over the long haul. Makes your ladies look wet.

    3. Matte looks better - After you hit your gals with the glossy, hit them with a matte. It will remove the shine from them, while still providing the level of protection that you are looking for. Testors makes a really (really really) flat varnish, the "dulcoat". It comes in a little can and can be sorta $$$. I like the krylon flat. It does a good job, and it fairly flat. You can get it at wal-mart for about a dollar.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks Fizzics, I appreciate the input. I will post pics once the ladies are done. They probably wont come out too well, but practice makes perfect.

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    If you can find it and I have seen it at hardware stores there is such thing as semi-flat or semi-gloss(same thing) that will not take away from the sheen that is the acrylic paint unhindered but will also keep the models protected.
    THAT'S JAKOB WITH A 'K'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zealous_894 View Post
    If you can find it and I have seen it at hardware stores there is such thing as semi-flat or semi-gloss(same thing) that will not take away from the sheen that is the acrylic paint unhindered but will also keep the models protected.
    some times called "satin"

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    I'd recommend a gloss spray first. Gloss is tougher, as Fizzics mentioned. If it is too shiny, a light coat of matte won't hurt, and will dull-down your miniatures. I know many people that do these 2 coats anyway, to gain the matte look with the strength of a gloss.

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