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What should I use to prevent paint chipping on my models but also maintain the look they have. I dont want anything that makes them look shiny. Any Ideas?
Also what can I use to make sure my bases keep the flock/snow/sand on them after Im done baseing them?
will that work on both the figure and the base?
If you play with your models a ton you may wish to "Bullet proof" them. To do so, start out using a gloss varnish such as the one sold by Vellejo. The reson for the gloss is that gloss is more trasparent than satin or matt varnishes. After a deal of drying you should dust them with Testors Dull coat. With dull coat it is very, very important to shake it up for a long time. Do not go overborad with it either as you will loose all sorts of deatial. More light dustings is better than one heavy coat. At that point, if done correctly you should have retained a good deal of deatail in the model. Some people may wish to put a second light coat of the gloss varnish over any metalic surfaces to make them shiny, I have done this for all my armies now and to honest most people can't tell that I sealed them at all and have yet to have a model chip on me.
On a secod note...Primer and preperation plays large roll as well. If using pewter models make sure to give them a good scrubbing with soap, water, and a tooth brush as it rough up the metal on molecar scale and clean off all that white powder that is used in the casting process. One should watch out powdery primer. I have gotten poor batches of Skull white it the past, but nine out of ten times I find it is ok. Just make sure to shake that rattle can till you get bored and have to cange hands a couple of times.