I’ve just started working on Konrad Curze folks. I’m working a little differently on this model. On the advice of a chap at FW, I’ve used a cellulose matt varnish to seal the resin. That’s the only bit of this project that will involve spraying or airbrushing.
Everything will be brush painted. I am also concentrating on one area at a time rather than doing, for example, all the blue and then all the metallics. Although this will take longer over all. It means I can really concentrate on the details of each area and work outwards.
Poor progress very soon. 🙂
The Wight Jester
Wow I never thought to use varnish as a primer… did he give a reason?
It seeps into the tiny tiny pores in the resin and anchors very well to the surface without obscuring detail. There are, apparently, primers that do a similar job but they aren't cheap.
I have found though that acrylic based matt varnish doesn't do they job as well. It has to be a cellulose/spirit based varnish.
Jester, does the varnish not cover the sculpted details such as dents or in the extreme sense, eyes or similar details in the model? I would very much like to know about the brand you've used that does not destroy details.
I used Testors dullcote. It doesn't clog the details as you are literally giving it a thin fast coat. Not a serious covering as you would with a finished model being varnished to protect it. Certainly seems to be working well thus far and there's no loss of detail anywhere. 🙂
Does this help prevent the release agent from making your paint peel off?
Time will tell Tim. But this model was very waxy/sticky so I'd already double soaked and rinsed the parts over two days and nights to make sure they were as clean of mold release agent as possible. Looking pretty sound thus far though. 🙂
Amazing figure (Horus Heresy series character we admire). Start looks really fantastic, we look forward to continuing. This approach not know, we look forward to further information in next continuations:-)
- Sr. Dies
And after applying the varnish, do you use a colored primer as usual or you just start painting?
The coloured sprays sold by GW aren't actually primers. They are a basecoat. No primer is needed after the varnish layer but you could apply a coloured basecoat with a spray or airbrush as normal if you wanted to. I've just chosen to go manual with this one.
Any chance you could let us know which brand of varnish you used on this model?
Testers Dullcote. Just a very thin fast coat though. Literally just a skim to seal the resin.
That is very similar to how I approach my minis, thus it will be very exciting for me to watch your progress. Can't wait!
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Matte varnish as a seal/primer? Hadn't thought about that before, thanks for the tip.
I love the transition on the blue and the metal-work is looking great.