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What are the opinions on using dipping to paint Plague Marines? Nurgle appears to suit dipping and I'm not a brilliant painter. Therefore the idea of dipping to make them look disgusting, I mean realistically disgusting, makes sense to me.
As far as I know, the base coat needs to be a little lighter than one would normally use since the dipping process will darken the model. Which green would be suitable? When painting normally, GW recommended Catachan Green. Then I guess I need a shade lighter to highlight.
Weapons, should I basecoat something like boltgun metal then highlight mithral silver before dipping?
And one more question. I have a wood varnish but it's a bit think. Should I get me some polyurethane thinner to mix in with the varnish?
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I have never dipped a model but it sounds like these would be a good candidate if you wanted to do it that way.
I would recommend really watering down your paint if you are going to use paint and test a few out. I would then slowly add more paint to the mix until you found a consistency you liked.
I would not dip the guns. Instead I would prime them black and then dry brush time with Boltgun Metal. It won't take any time at all and will look much better than dipping them.
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One thing you could try is not "dipping" them, but brushing the minwax floor polish on. That way, you could dip the body/organic pieces, and leave alone the metal/inorganic pieces. I believe the giant thread over on Dysartes has a bunch of stuff about dipping.
Dysartes.com - The Dipping Guide
I'd suggest washing over dipping as well, but if you're doing either, do it on everything. Nurgle Troops don't carry around clean weapons.
im not quite sure i understand the idea of dipping, even after reading the link above. The idea is it just to seal a fully painted model ? I just dont understand what wood stain does to a painted model i guess, is it to make them a little dirtier looking? fill me in =P
Basically, the minwax works like a wash, it gets into the cracks and crevices to shade them, tones down the basecoat, and gives it a very organic feel. Many people think it works well for Tyranids or other organic like creatures. It is very glossy, so it will need to be matte sprayed. The figure looks pretty finished so it is a quick way to do figures.
For nurgle do goblin green then drybrush yellow. Then paint the bolter boltgun metal and add some red detail here and there. Once that is all done paint on some minwax stain and thats it. Matt spray on nurgle to take away the gloss would be a shame imo.
I've decided not to dip but to follow the quide here:
Chaos Space Marines - Painting Death Guard
I love the colour scheme and will be using the steps 1-4 with a few changes. The boltguns and plasmaguns will be painted red with boltgun metal highlights to look like wear and tear.
Does anyone think that step 5 makes the model too bright? That's what I'm thinking, so I might highlight in a darker shade. I can't imagine Plague Marines ever looking like they are under a spotlight like they do there. Somewhere between steps 4 and 5 is what I'm after.
It is funny that I just came across this post, because I am in the a similar boat as you. I am not a particularly good painter, and I have even less time then I have skill as a painter so I have been trying to figure out how to do my Space Wolves. Since I am a native Nid player, and I utilized dipping for them, I have been experimenting techniques for dipping marines and have been extremely satisfied with the results. The first thing that I thought of when I finished my first draft was “man this would be great for Death Guard.”
Unfortunately I am at work right now and can’t post the pictures of my process, but I was planning on putting together a project thread for it here, so I will try to get that together tonight.
My basic method for dipping marines (and this method only works for a very specific look and very limit color scheme) is as follows:
-Prime the model white.
-Paint the trim and weapons of the model, for Death Guard I found that goblin green looks really good when dipped, but leave the open areas plain white from the primer.
-Get a wood stain from your hardware store, personally I like Red Oak because it adds a lot of deep color and causes the white primer to come out as a dingy brown with just a slight red undertone.
-Dip the model completely in to the dip so that it is submerged. Then pull it out take and heavily wipe it off with a paper towel.
-Then take a Q-tip and use it to get any excess off that you couldn’t reach with the paper towel…also use the Q-tip to smooth out any areas that are uneven (be sure to change out Q-tips a few times so that you don’t get fluff adhered to your model). If you like a more goopy look then don’t dab it off as much, if you smooth over the dip well then it will produce a very good color with lots of depth.
-Let the model dry for at least 2 days.
-Add in any more trim that you didn’t want to be dipped over.
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All I'm going to say is that is a bad habbit to get into and slows the growth of your brush skills. You have been warned...
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