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I just started painting my nidzilla army with a kind of muted desert theme and the thing I can't get over is that I'd love the carapace to look akin to jewel beetles, specifically of the sternocera aequisignata variety. This said, I have a nail polish I thought might work and read a couple of articles about modeling plastic cars etc with airbrushes using nail polish thinned with lacquer thinner and was suddenly feeling braver about the idea.
I had a couple of termagaunts primed for testing things such as this, and decided to run a coat of one of my duochrome nail polishes over the sucker and ended up with exact effect I wanted. Now thus far (it's been a couple of hours) I haven't taken note of *anything* even vaguely suggesting I've melted the puppy.
I have a couple of questions:
Have any of you tried this method?
Am I looking to find a biomassed pile of nail polish and nid in the morning?
Does anyone have any suggestions for this particular method?
The nail polish might damage your plastic models. I would test it on some scrap pieces first.
Years ago I used nail polish on some Tyranids to make them slimy. From what I remember they didn't develop any problems. I don't think it will melt your models. The intended purpose of nail polish is to make your nails shiny, I don't think people would use it if they were to wake up in the morning with thier nails melted. However it might interact with the paint you use differently but I doubt it. Water effects will give a shiny, thick coat if painted on but it can ooze about if you use a layer that's too thick. Two coats of water effects will make it shiny.
Thanks for the responses. :3 So far they're looking pretty sweet, from what I've been reading as long as the model is adequately sealed you needn't worry much about melting the plastic. If I run into any issues I'll definitely post em here.
Could you post a picture, if you have a camera?
Sorry it took me a few days to get back to this. I'm pretty satisfied with the results, though these need some clean up and I still haven't figured out what to do with hooves/talons/etc. I'm afraid going with the lacquer on these bits might be going overboard. These are my test run as this is my first time painting minis. Hope they're decent. :3
Can't wait to hit the 'stealers. <3
I love them! They look great. Makes me want to pick up some genestealers just to do that to them. When I first read your post I thought you just meant clear nail polish, but now I see what you are talking about. Great idea that worked out wonderfully in the end. Looks like an easy step wise way of painting them as well.