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So I start off with a base undercoat. Here we have an Eternal Guard specimen.
Then I add a basic color scheme. This is very basic - I'm talking a six-year-old's workmanship here. There's no advanced techniques at work here (drybrushing, juicing, etc), and there's about half a dozen colors at work.
Then I give it the Minwax treatment. I use Minwax Dark Walnut Oil Based Floor Stain. A can will cost about $3.50 at most places and will be able to treat more miniatures than you have. I paint the stain on with an old brush, but I've heard of some people actually dip the models into the can.
Four days later after the stain has dried, I finish off any metal with drybrushing, paint the base, and finally add a clear dull varnish coat.
Whalaa. High level quality model with low level quality work requirement.
I just finished my Eternal Guard unit today. This is a huge hurdle in completing my Elves so I can put them on the table. The only elements I have left for the list I want to begin with is a handful of WayWatchers, Wardancers and about a dozen Glade Riders. Plus I need to get my Spellsinger and BSB done. All in all, it's only 24 models left to paint. A couple weeks - maybe a month - and they'll be complete.
I am in complete shock. It looks so completely different after that Minwax. It doesn't even make sense.
Curse you LN. This was meant for Wood Elf players. I don't care what anyone else thinks.
That stain does wonders, very interesting.
does this only work on metal minis? Will the floor stain eat up the plastic? I've got a bunch of glade guard that I've never painted and don't look forward to painting, but this looks like a decent way to get it done quickly.
Do you have to use a dull-coat spray afterward to keep things from scratching/chipping off?
Yup, this works great for plastics too. In my last pic, it's kinda fuzzy, that that's all the guys I've got done. Three units of Glade Guard are there and the horses for the Wild Riders are plastic and they turned out just as great as everything else.
The dull coat is to get rid of the shine on the models. You could leave out the last step of spraying the models with the dull coat, but they'd just be shiny is all - maybe good for Brettonian knights or something that should be sparkly. The dull coat gives a nice 'seal' on the model, but so does the floor stain too if you worry about chipping models.
A friend told me that he cutting the Minwax with about 25% turpentine works well. Has anyone tried that? Or something similar?