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Geting ready to start my necrons, and after alot of testing I've settled on a pretty conventional color scheme: Mainly boltgun with some highlighting, maybe a Wash in black or green. I was thinking of doing the shoulder pads with the "Ceramic" style by using Codex Grey, but it looked... pretty shitty. So I just painted over with boltgun.
However, maybe it was because I wasn't using varnish. I always see people talking about it, and I'm not sure if they are talking about paint-on shine (Like GW's Purity Seal? I think?) or spray on that goes on the whole model. I just picked up some of the latter since I never ad any for my orks (Didnt want their skin to shine) but I def. want my Necrons to.
Could someone please clarify what varnish people are talking about? As well as any tips on making Necron shoulder pads stand out (Since the Boltgun only is quite bland, although I like the way it looks) and/or doing a ceramic look only parts of the model.
Varnish is that clear, shiny stuff that gets painted or sprayed on. You've probably seen Purity Seal and 'Ardcote, that's them.
But it isn't always shiny (Only gloss and semi-gloss turn out that way). There is also matte which is quite flat and has no shine at all.
The main reason for using Varnish? Protection.
Varnish will leave a hard clear, layer that helps protect the paint from chipping off. This chipping off doesn't happen so much with plastic models so your Necrons should be pretty safe anyways.
As for ways to make your necrons less boring, paint them with secondary metallic colour. I used Beaten Copper on parts of mine (spines and joints mostly). Beaten Copper isn't made anymore so you might try a bronze or gold colour instead.
Last edited by CBrate; May 12th, 2010 at 06:10.
I would recommend varnish for the protection it provides. If you don't like the shine (which in the OP case it sounds like they do want shine) you can always use a flat varnish. What I use for shiny things (such as jewels) is Testor's gloss enamel. Works like a champ.
Ok, I was just wondering if Varnish ment a specific type of sealer, such as just the spray, or just the pots... or just glossy or w/e. I actually have been wanting to get some Mattecote from Testors for my orks but the Michal's near me is always out. I don't think they're ever going to get anymore... So Instead I got the Glosscote for my Necrons.
Now, my question is: What about using Varnish as part of a paint scheme? Again, like the ones in the Necron codex that have only they're armor varnished (Or say they used Skull White or w/e with varnish). Did they mix varnish with paint? That seems like it would end... bad. Should I just paint on the ceramic color and trust that the spray varnish that I will finish the model with will take care of it, or should I use a paint-on "shiner" as well as a spray sealant?
Sorry for the wealth of questions, but I have literally no experience with sealant, and only limited with painting.
Testor's dullcote is excellent stuff... However if you have access to a Walmart... Krylon makes varnish in a spray can - I personall like the Krylon Crystal Clear non-yellowing Flat varnish spray - for $2.97 a can. They are large cans as well not tiny like the dullcote...
I would not recommend mixing with paint but rather apply it after the paint dries. I will spray in between coats (mostly to see how the figure is looking post varnish) but I figure it builds up protection. To this date I have never had a problem with paint chipping...
I recently managed to find some Dullcote at a Micheals farther away then the one I normally have tried. I bought some so I'll be trying it soon. When that runs out, I'll try the krylon. The size of the Testors does worry me about how long it will last...
Don't get me wrong. Testor's is a great product. I used it quite a bit in the past... However for nearly half the price you get more than twice as much with the krylon and it produces nearly identical results. So much so that I don't buy the Testor's anymore.
Hey, I usually seal my miniatures with matte sealer so the paint doesn't chip, and I like that look. Anyone know how it will look if I paint gloss varnish over the matte sealant? Should I paint it under AND over it?
I'm thinking like for Eldar gemstones, bloody hand of Khaine, etc. (So the vast majority of the model with have a flat clear coat, with a couple details done glossy.)
Hand paint the gloss varnish after the matte.