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I did a search but if there was an answer to my question I couldn't find the right words to search for. Apologies if I messed up.
So, with paints like GW's Shining Gold or Boltgun Metal, what kind of spray is best to protect them against normal gaming use without dulling that appealing shine?
I'm not certain if either product I'm looking at (Testor's Dullcote and Krylon Matte Finish) would even have that effect, but I'm reluctant to test it as I'm still something of a newbie and it takes me a couple of days work to get satisfied with a single Necron Warrior. If I screw something up by trying it without getting a good answer from someone more experienced I won't be a happy camper.
So, which of those would you guys say is better over metallics? Is there another spray or paint on finish that works particularly well in this regard?
Thanks in advance!
It is of my professional opinion that models look better completely flat and without the shine. Therefore I would recommend testors dullcote. Yet on the other hand it really is an opinion and what I like and think looks better might not be the same for you.
An alternative would be to use a dullcote primer or something similar and then a brush on gloss or satin varnish for the gold areas - though I am still of the opinion that overall having no shine on the figure actually makes it look more professional and sharp. The key to overcome the dulling effect somewhat is to go a little lighter with the highlights to compensate.
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GW also do a gloss varnish spray but I think I agree with Slorak in that glossy/shiney figures don't usually look as good as... er... 'not-shiney' ones.
If you only want parts of a model to be glossy then the liquid gloss varnish is great for adding drool or shine to gems and what-not.
If you're really worried then slap some colours on a piece of sprue and spray half to see what the effect is. Then you can judge for yourself.
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