My nephew has taken an interest in my Army Men war games. I shared with him what a difference The Dip makes on the appearance of the plastic Army Men figures. I told him how I brush it on... He is a professional Carpenter, with air tools. He took his HVLP spray gun, and applied The Dip to 200 figures at once, completing the application in less than 30 minutes!... It would have taken me hours to brush on The Dip onto 200 figures...
Here are some links to images of his results. Be sure to click on the "+" signs, to zoom in to see how well it worked. These figures were pristine, and clean, when he started.
By using an HVLP sprayer, you can Dip hundreds of figures, at once, with tremendous control: spray light coats, until you achieve the level desired. However, if you have a smaller batch, or even one figure to Dip, you can use a single-stage Air Brush, one that does not draw the urethane-stain through a head, but pulls it out of the reservoir bottle, directly. That way you need only clean the reservoir with solvents such as turpentine, or mineral spirits.
I normally brush on The Dip. Not any more! A single-stage Air Brush can be purchased for less than $10. I also have a Wagner Power Sprayer, so if I get a single-stage Air Brush, I can do individual figures, to 200+ at once! Plus it will save me untold hours of brushing The Dip onto my figures... Hallelujah, Baby! Cheers!
Actually dipping figures works for small quantities. If you want to shade 200 figures, you will be at it for quite a while... Which is the point of using a sprayer, aside from the greater control it offers.
When I paint a group of figures, I paint them assembly-line style, same brush stroke on each figure, of each pose. I intermix the poses on multi-bases to add variety, so they don't look quite so cookie-cutter. When I finish painting the batch, I normally would brush on The Dip, one figure at a time. That takes quite a while when you are working on a batch of 20-50 figures.
By using a sprayer, I can do, literally, 200 figures in 30 minutes, plus I have much better control over how thick it goes on. This is only exciting for folks like me, who bulk paint armies. But the time savings it offers is fantastic -- again, if you are bulk Dip'ing only.
HVLP stands for, High Volume Low Pressure. Cheers!
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT