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What's gloss and matte?
I recently bought some gloss sealer from my local Warhammer gaming store and its really giving a nice look to my army which was previously sealed with Matte spray. So my question is, do you guys prefer Gloss, matte or nothing at all on your space marines and why so?
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Thier is a style that is very effective in my oppinion. Gloss, then matt over. Your models are now protected, not as shiny, and it only takes a little extra time.
I don't varnish my marines, simply because it's not necesary. At least, not for the plastic ones. I do use gloss varnish for the metal ones, because those tend to chip more easily.
However, I do use gloss varnish on gems and things like that, to make it look more real.
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Do you have any "before and after" pictures? It would certainly make it easier to vote. My guess is that matte varnish will fit in with the grim darkness of the far future better than gloss. Gloss tends to make the models look slimy.
mine are currently glossy. But that's just laziness on my part. I ran out of sealer just as I was doing my army, bought some from the local craft store and accidentally picked up the gloss. I plan on glossing them all then coming back with a matte and resealing them.
I use matte, and despite the lack of chipping, the natural oils of your hand will erode the paintjob quickly if not protected. For me especially, who takes more joy in painting than playing, protection is a must.
I have heard the old gloss-then-matte approach, but don't have experience with it myself. I usually end up with 2 coats of matte, though, so it works fine.
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I would prefer matte by far, since gloss just seems too shiny and... I dunno it almost always looks dumb unless it's something that's supposed to be all slimy. I guess I might do it for lenses.
I mostly use matte, But I brush the GW varnish on the boots. A Marine needs a proper spit shine.
Hi, new to this forum but I've been doing models for quite a while.
Personally, I prefer the matte to gloss finish but it all depends on what kind of look you're giving your marines. At the peak of my painting days, instead of the gloss then matte finish, I tended to matte the entire piece, then glossed the areas I wanted glossier (certain black armor panels on the marines...like knee pads and the round vents for the backpacks). My finishing varnish was an additional gloss/matte or gloss/gloss finish over areas of the model that I knew were either going to be touched a lot (that sounds bad eh?) like shoulder pads, body, outer arms, front of weapons, top of head/helmet, backpack, or may come into contact with opposing miniatures (chainsword). That might be a bit tad anal on my part but I wanted some more protection that the standard two coats of varnish, especially on high wear and tear areas on the mini.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to play much with my marines. Ah well. I'm starting back up again and will probably be doing extra matte coats on high "touch" areas though.