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Okay, I finished my first Chaos Warriors the other day, and I threw on some matte varnish as suggested by the GW guys. It looks awful. All the brightness is gone from the model and everything looks faded.
Is this normal...and if so, do I need to use it?
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Matte varnish is designed to cut the reflection on an object. So yes it will "dull" it.
If you really want it bright and shiny you might want to look for a gloss varnish. Otherwise another alternative would be to highlight the figure more. It shouldn't destroy your highlights though.
You really should use some form of varnish otherwise you are more apt to rub the paint off the figures while in heavy use.
I usually first spray the figures with a coat or 2 of Krylon Crystal Clear non yellowing varnish and then follow this up with a few coats of testor's dullcote to get rid of any shine.
If you then have an area that you do want glossy you could always go back and brush on a gloss varnish.
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