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Hi, I'm just about to paint up my Tyranid army and I was curious about this "crackle" medium I've heard about, and whether it could be used to give the armor plating on my tyranids a heavily-battled look, or something like that.
After a bit of experimentation, here's how I'm painting them:
1. white primer
2. bright orange spraypaint entire model
3. paint armor plates black
4. dip model in Minwax Polyshades Bombay Mahogany Satin
5. paint armor plates in Dullcote Matte Lacquer
6. drybrush armor edges in Codex Grey
The dip I use turns the model a nice blood red, and the gloss of the flesh contrasts nicely with the matte black of the armor.
Basically, I'm happy with the paint scheme the way it is, but I recalled a friend talking about a medium that gives paint a nice crackly effect, although I can't seem to find info on it in relation to miniatures online. Maybe my Google-Fu isn't so strong, maybe nobody's using it. I just thought it might add a nice effect to the Tyranid horde, so I'm throwing this out there: Does anyone use it? How is it used? Is it good? Is it crap?
I use crackle medium a lot but ive never tried it on a mini. Id say to try it on a test surface to see if you like the effect first. From what ive done with it id say that it would only be suitable for large flat surfaces, plus the crackle medium is rather thick and would ruin a lot of small detail if placed over top. I dont think it would really give a battleworn kinda look you will just get a cracked look.
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A crackle finish looks like antique wood. It might be too uniform for a "battle damaged" tyranid. Best thing to do is do a test piece to see if you like the effect. I have some of the crackle medium but have never used it.
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