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I've been playing warhammer of all sorts for a while now and have ben painting my models in the orthodox way for all of that time. However recently I came across two the things. This first was a product called army painter which I didn't really know what it was. Then it came across a thread that was talking about using a wood varnish to give shading and highlight to an otherwise basically painted model.
My question is 1)what exactly is dipping and how does it work
2) is army painter a product that is made to use instead of the wood varnish to 'dip' your models, if so is it better than the varnish.
3) pictures would be useful as well as opinions about the pros and cons.
Dipping is basically a really powerful wash that will both shade and color your models. I've never used Army painter, but I've used wood finish. There are a few tutorials on this website, and probably many more online about how to do it. Its pretty simple when you get the hang of it, but can be very messy.
Pros - You get a hastily painted army (Obviously) with less time and, considering your ability to paint, a better product sometimes. Sometimes. And I'm saying if you're a amateur painter at best.
Cons - You may end up ruining models, your army will be tabletop quality, and sometimes the dip just doesn't go how you want it to. Sometimes it just looks messy, I find. You don't become a better painter, And most of all, you don't get to enjoy painting your army - giving it some real character and that personal touch.
Honestly, I don't like the idea of getting models on the table as fast as possible. I play Orkz, and my Army is going very slowly - but its looking amazing. I dislike dipping, but I dislike unpainted armies more - so if you really can't bear the thought of painting another 30 boys, I can see your trouble. The way I see it, this hobby isn't for the inpatient, and the best part about it is having your own personal army, with your very own colors and customization. I hate AOBR models with a passion, simply because there is nothing to them. I use mine as fillers, which is rare. So, go ahead, but if you're like me, you'll find you won't love your models as much as somebody who took the time to convert and really put some passion into their model.
Thanks a lot stug etc.... Thats really helped me actually get what it is. I notice that you said that sometimes it doesn't work as you want it to, does anyone have any photos to show?
Well occasionally it will settle in places you would probably rather it not, like in eyesockets, which is a good example. While sometimes this can give a good shading effect, usually I find it to obscure details. Perhaps its just my fault for applying it too heavily and not shaking it off enough.
lighting is way too strong there, although the dip seems to have worked brilliantly.
I know, not the best pictures, but hopefully it gives an idea of how the dip looks. It's worth bearing in mind though that you should use some kind of matt varnish on top, otherwise the models are VERY shiny.
I really like the Army Painter quickshades. I had tried wood stain as well, but prefer the Quickshade.
There are several different 'tones' depending on what color you are using. The darkest is black, medium is dark brown, and I don't use the lightest one.
I find it is great for getting a decent 'table top' quality in a short amount of time.
Use Turpentine to thin it if needed and to clean your brushes.
I do paint it on as it gives me more control, then after a couple of minutes I remove any excess that drips down. Wait overnight for it to dry and voila!
It dries glossy, so you will most likely want to spray a dullcote over the models.
I recently did some Crismon Fist Space Marines for a friend. Sprayed them ArmyPainter Navy Blue, painted the details (bolters, eyes, etc) then gave them the 'Dark Tone-Quickshade' Bam! 10man squad done in under 2 hours.
At the beginning of turn 1, I spray my opponent's army with the bacon flavored spray. Then I unleash my Boston Terrier Squiggoth who then devours their entire bacon flavored army! There is no defense against her cuteness! All are doomed!