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I don't use varnish
I use matt varnish almost exclusively. I can't stand when my models are shiny. I just want the work that I did in painting to stand out and not be overpowered by the gloss of the varnish.
A while ago I purchased GW Purity Seal, which according to the employees working there, was a matt varnish. I get home and use it, and surprise surprise, it's semi-gloss
Anyone know a good brand of matt varnish that is actually matt?
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Anyway, whenever I use varnish, I prefer Matt, as shininess can be a bit of an anticlimax to something looking mean, and it generally doesn't seem to fit the nature of the models.
I use whatever varnish I feel suits the army's final desired apperance. I stick with Minwax Satin Acrylic spray for my Space Marines, Tau, and Empire. The satin finish gives an excellent compromise appearance without getting to the reflectiveness of gloss finish, or the lowered handling protection afforted by matt finish.
I use matt varnish from various miniature product manufacturers for Ork and IG infantry to give them a more "dusty" appearance. However, I'll still use the satin for IG vehicles for the solidity of its appearance.
The only varnish I don't commonly use is gloss, and that's only because I haven't painted an army with an intended "elite polish" appearance. I've seen gloss finish used to great effect on Tau vehicles and armor locally with a red-white paint scheme (non-camo). The effect makes the army look like a very well-maintained and elite cadre. I can imagine gloss also giving a great "insect" look to Tyranids. I'll probably use gloss varnish if I ever start an Eldar force.
I use Gloss, because it is the one that GW sells
I find that it works great on Tyranids as it gives it a sort of "I've got a carapace of steel"
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I use Krylon Matte Finish, which works wonders. I can't say anything about how good it is for protecting the minis, but it takes off gloss perfectly!
I practically caramelize my Empire army in matte. They're painted in acrylic, and you can chip that stuff off with your fingernail. I love the way it looks though, despite what people tell me. I don't how to explain any technique, but my army looks like it walked out of a painting, rather than looking "super real".
The rest of my armies are painted in flat enamels. I've never had trouble with enamel coming off a model, although it makes painting a little more tedious, since you need to use turpentine to clean your brushes. I have a bunch of it lying around from when I painted model planes and cars.
Between laziness and not wanting my models to shine, I don't use any varnish and hope for the best.
Only metal models seem to chip, I've had some plastic marines for 12 years who haven't chipped
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I currently play:
Doom Eagle Space Marines
Hive Fleet Omega Tyranids
Goff Ork Boyz(dead)
Tau of O'me
Inquisitorial Xeno Hunters
and my attempted foray into fantasy
'Dark Angel Green' Dark Elves in need of fluff
i use gloss as i use metallics alot, and with matt the shine goes.
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