Are you tired of glossy or foggy finishes ruining your miniature masterpieces? Don’t worry, I’m here to help. Finding a good matt varnish requires trial and error, so thankfully, I did all the hard work for you. In this video I share my best matt varnishes for Warhammer (spray and airbrush products), all tested and approved by myself.
I don’t know about you, but for me, finding the perfect matt varnish was like the search for the holy grail. It can be difficult to find a good varnish for your Warhammer miniatures because many matt varnishes on the market have actually a rather satin finish, despite what the label says. Additionally, matt varnishes are more prone to the dreaded frosting effect that turns minis into a whitish foggy mess.
There are several types of varnishes available, including water-based, polyurethane and solvent-based varnishes. I recommend using water-based acrylic varnishes, because even though polyurethane and solvent-based varnishes tend to provide a more durable finish, they are more aggressive and can reactivate and dissolve acrylic paints and decals, especially ink-like paints like Citadel Contrast and Speedpaints.
My best matt varnishes for Warhammer
I divided my list of matt varnishes into three categories: budget-friendly, ultra matte, and then at the end comes my absolute favourite varnish product:
I put all the products featured in the video here in this post, with links where to find them:
So unfortunately, the most expensive product is also the best – at least in my opinion: Premium Top Coat Flat from Mr Hobby, yet another Japanese scale modelling slash Gunpla company. In my experience, Japanese hobby companies just smash it when it comes to quality and craftmanship.
Now let me know about your favourite matt varnish products in the comments, and I’m eager to hear about your advice or varnish-related mishaps. Thanks a lot, and happy varnishing!