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    Blood Boy Leech's Avatar
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    Varnish problem.

    I recently finished painting my Malanthrope. I varnished it and after the varnish was dry I noticed it had a strange specaled effect on it. It looks like the varnish had air bubbles in it or something. The Malanthrope's carapace was worst affected and required repainting.:cry: The effect is lifeless, lifeless varnish the devil's varnish. I was thinking about some watered down gloss varnish to be used on the carapace for a similar effect to the rest of the model which was largely unafected. The effect I'm looking for is one that is similar to GW satin varnish.

    I have seen that GW's varnish do this in the past once years ago and then more recently on a brood of Tyranid warriors. also remember GW not selling varnish for some time as a batch was messed up. It seems the problem hasn't gone away. I was wondering if anyone knows of an alternative brand of varnish that works better. I am looking for something that looks the same as GW satin varnish. I don't want my models to suddenly have a new look to them and lose a visual link with the previous ones I have painted, that haven't been ruined anyway.

    Any help with this would be very welcome.

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    Are you using a spray or brush on varnish? If it is a spray varnish are you near the end of the can? Are you operating withing the temperature/humidity guidelines? If not you could get a frosting effect.

    As for brands - not sure if they are available in your area but I use 2 on each model. First I spray mine with 2 coats of Krylon Crystal Clear Non-Yellowing satin varnish (say that 3 times fast!). Afterwards I spray on 2 coats of Testor's Dullcote. I like the dead flat look of the dullcote. I think it allows for details to really pop out. However it can effect highlighting. Generally you have to highlight just a bit more...



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