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I got the Black Reach set mainly for the SMs and I wanted to experiment with dipping with the orks. I followed the basic guides but also used mineral spirits and a brush right after the dip to smooth out some of the areas where it pools.
NOTE: I still need to paint the eyes, finish the base, and I may drill the guns.
How do you think they turned out? IMO they don't look half bad.
The finished guys are at the bottom of the page, I tried to upload them here but the uploader gave the picture artifacts. Here is a link to my dipping guide that has the picture at the bottom.
First Attempt At Dipping Orks Warhammer 40k Modeling and Painting
Click on the picture to view it in a larger size.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
wow, that's not bad at all man!
I don't really like dipping, it most of the time turn out so shiny. Have you tried the new washes? To me it seems like almost the same thing but it looks a lots better after. Kuffy have a nice wip and he use the wash in a nice way.
Did you check out the pics? I used matte finish on the final product and they are not shiny any more. Also, I agree normal painting techniques look better. I am dipping these guys so I can have a quick, hardy set of miniatures for friends to play with. Since they are being handled by other people I wanted the hardiness of the poly plus I wanted to complete them quickly so they can get to play.
I did not get the last pic to work before so I just thought they was finished in the shiny way, sorry about that.
of course normal technique looks better. And I might be wrong that the new washes can replace a dip, i the question of speed. Still with the washes you don't have to mix the dip and you have more control. Also its easy to use more then one colour of wash, if you like, I know that more then one colour of wash take bit more time.
Your result is better then most of the dip.
You are correct, washes are great. I checked out that thread you linked and learned a lot. With my army I will paint the normal way using washes, inks, highlights, etc. I just wanted to give this a try and was pretty impressed with the lack of work involved.
I sprayed the primer with gray. Base coated all of them hastily in roughly 2-3 hours. The actual dipping and thinning took roughly 20 minutes. So altogether I did these in 2.5-3.5 hours. It could be done in a single sitting. It took them all night to dry and the matte finish didn't take any longer than 5 minutes to do.
The time per unit scales nicely with the size of the set. 10-15 orks could probably be done in 4-5 hours total.
It is a novel way to go and I will finish out the black reach set doing this dip method for the sake of uniformity, but I will not be doing it again unless I ever want some nids.
The biggest reason to go this route is the hardiness of the finish.
Given that I abhor dipping I think you have done a pretty good job!
Your description is good too. If there are others who want to try this out then your style of writing will be helpful.
I appreciated your emphasis on working with the model when it has been dipped, plenty of people who try this think that the models paint themselves. There is still work to do, even if you go fown the dipping route.
Painting themselves is exactly the vibe I got from reading some of the how to's. IMO to get a decent finish from dipping there is more work than basecoat + dip= done. I found that loading the brush with mineral spirits and dabbing it on a paper towel then just touching the pooled areas draws the excess poly into the brush. This can then be rinsed out and repeated on other areas that need attention. The poly can also be blended around using this method.
It makes the miniatures look a bit better. Personally the one thing I disliked most about the pictures of dipped miniatures were the blobs of dip on the weapons and their heads. Touching them up alleviates most of this.
Plus of course proper trimming of the mold lines needs to be addressed as well.
Thats clever i might try that with my orcs.
Go on - Clicky clicky!!