I recently bought some reaper bones minis that I love (I really like how they paint for some reason) and am getting paranoid about rubbing the paint off. A friend of mine seals his minis with clear matte nail polish and I seem to remember people sealing stuff with Aqua Net hair spray back in the day when I played 40k. Anybody have any suggestions? Cheap and easy is appreciated.
"Hey, I 'ear wes gonna be sealed." "Ooh, that sounds fun. I like me the taste of thems." "Not seals, you dummy. SEALED."
Three very durable options, all will leave your mini's shiny, and in need of a dull coat, but the paint will be secure for a couple of lifetimes...
1) Paint with full-strength, Pledge FloorCare. It is a water-based, clear, acrylic, made to be walked upon, literally. You can mix any color of acrylic, craft paint into it, to create custom washes. This technique is known as, Magic Wash.
I just do multiple light coats of spray dull coat, usually Rust-Oleum brand, but any will work. Just be careful not to go to heavy with your coats. You'll get yellowing if you get it to thick. That's why I spray the light coats and wait for it to dry between coats. You could do two light passes of the spray over the mini, let it dry then one or two more, repeating as necessary for the protection you're looking for.
I like sgtslag's advice too, just don't do protect many of mine his way. Though the Magic Wash is a good use of the FloorCare.
Thanks for the great advice, everyone. I think I'll grab some pledge floorcare this afternoon (looks like it's in stock at my local Wal-Mart) and give it a try on a couple test pieces. Then I'll hit it with some Krylon Crystal Clear Flat CoverMaxx (also at Wal-Mart) and we'll see how they go. Thanks again :-)
If you have never heard of either technique, Magic Wash, or The Dip, check them out, if only for educational purposes. They allow you to apply simple, block painting techniques, which are then followed by the wash technique of your choice. They make acceptable painted figures, at arm's length. They are also extremely handy, and FAST, for terrain painting. They are all about speed painting. They will never win contests, but they work well for figures used at arm's length. For army painting, they are the way to go.
They can be combined with higher quality techniques, and still speed up the average painting jobs. Or they can be a means to painting an entire army in a matter of days, instead of years. Worth experimenting with, IMO. Best part is, you can test them out on something like plastic Army Men figures, which cost pennies each... Proof of concept is fast, and easy. Cheers!
The other day, I was cleaning out my workshop and found two cans of acrylic sealer. Matte finish and glossy finish. They are brand new. Don't know how they got there...maybe I have a house elf? Anyway, I figured I'd give those a whack.
I have sealed my first mini. I decided to use an old GW goblin that wasn't too important to me. This particular paintjob isn't mine, so he's definitely cannon fodder.
This is the product I'll be using.
Behold! Stinky the goblin!
I gave him a couple quick sprays of glossy, followed by the same amount of matte. You'll notice the result is not much different.
He was still a bit tacky at this point. Now that he's dry, I've noticed the metal bits look pretty much the same as before, but the flesh has a slight shine. Overall, I'm pleased with these results, but I'm going to do a couple more testers before I get to the good ones.
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