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I want to paint a 1500pts army with major colors, spray on coat of matte sealant and start playing games. Then gradually add more and more details, base the figures and "close" the figures with final two (maybe three) coats of the same sealant. With the major areas already painted, the amout of paint in the second round of painting would be minimal (highlights, face details, buttons, insignia, eyes, armor control plates etc).
Did anyone experience any problems with something like this? Am I the first to think of it (no similar topics came up after the forum search)? Thanks!
You shouldn't have too much of a problem.
I will regularly spray my figures with testors dullcote at various stages of painting - mainly to see what the end result will look like (after all it kills all shine which changes the color and look of the model somewhat).
So to re-cap I don't forsee any problems and have been doing similar things for years now.
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Only problem might be if they get all greazy from your sweaty hands during playtime.
there are 2 problems, neither insurmountable:
1. as nick pointed out, whilst the varnish can be painted over, handing minis puts grease on them that stops paint adhering.
2. be careful, particularly spraying on varnish will add quite a deep layer and you may end up with lost detail and "chunky" minis
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