If you made the wash your self remember; A wash need to be really, really thin and have something to help break surface tension to let it creep into all little cracks and crevices ( a drop of diswash will do the trick ) otherwise it will only stain the entry of the crevice and dry there never reaching the bottom.
If your using a store bought product they you will need to tell us what you did when applying it.
At arm's length, I bet it looks just fine... I am an army painter (painting multiples of each figure casting/pose; painting dozens of units, of 50+ figures each), so my standards are not up to painting contest levels. All I care about, is how my mini's look at arm's length. Sorry if that does not help.
To me, it looks fine. It definitely looks like a paint wash. I am a dyed-in-the-wool, fan of The Dip, so take my comments in their proper context. By the way, I started with black paint washes, before I learned of The Dip; since I learned of it, it is pretty much all I use -- that, and Magic Wash. I walked away from paint washes because I feel that Magic Wash and The Dip, are superior -- for my needs, as an army painter. Again, I think it looks just fine, regardless of technique used. Cheers!
Try using an acrylic extender, rather than water. The pigment tends to clump when too much water is added to it.
Excellent point, erho ! Craft paints, in particular, are very granular, with their pigment. When I apply The Dip, it gets adhered, microscopically, to the entire surface of my figures (I use craft paint, almost exclusively), darkening the whole, but particularly the recesses, where it really accumulates.
If I would bother to paint them with Pledge Floor Gloss (add acrylic paint to it, and you have Magic Wash, for custom shading/tinting/washing), first, the surface would be microscopically smoother, and the overall darkening effect would diminish, drastically. Instead, I paint them two shades lighter than what I want, knowing that The Dip will darken them two shades... I paint to the GEtGW standard (Good Enough to Game With). YMMV. Cheers!
Ok, the dip? That would be... I'll def be trying a drop of dish soap. I was so disappointed he looked just dirty instead of what I was visualizing!! The only thing I have tried to wash before was skeletons, and I wanted them to look old and dirty... Thanks all for the help and suggestions. As for the acrylic extender...looked on Amazon and a ton of products came up. What exactly am I looking for? Thanks again !!
The Dip is simple to use, but, just like the Magic Wash, it will stick in the microscopic cavities of the rough surface of craft paints, darkening the whole model. To minimize this effect, first paint the mini with pure Pledge Floor Gloss, to smooth the surface, microscopically, which will prevent so much general darkening of the figure. Experimentation is King, Baby!
Get yourself some of these products, and practice with them. If you do not have any minis you wish to practice on, buy a bag of plastic Army Men figures, whatever genre you prefer, and practice the shading techniques on them. I suggest using some medieval knight figures -- you may be able to use them as statues/golems in your fantasy games later...
Buy a set of 30 school paint brushes, for a dollar, at Wal-Mart. Thoroughly mix up the can of Minwax before opening... The pigment settles to the bottom, and that becomes a problem very quickly. Brush on The Dip (avoid actually dipping the figures into it -- too heavy a coating, too much work to remove the excess), full strength, to just the bare plastic figure. Use the edge of a paper towel to soak up the puddles on the base, and other spots, as needed -- check the figure about 10 minutes after brushing on the Minwax. Gravity will pull it down; surface tension will help it accumulate in the folds, and recesses, of the figure, creating shading -- it is amazing to see before/after figures... It is quite easy after that: just wait for it to dry.
I used to recommend baking Dip'ed figures in an oven, at 170 F, for 30 minutes... However, after consulting the MSDS (Materials Safety Data Sheet), I learned that Minwax Polyshades Urethane Stain has a flashpoint of 117 F! I have been incredibly fortunate in never having had it catch fire! Instead, just wait 2-3 days for it to fully cure -- it is oil-/solvent-based.
Let me know if you have any other questions. Cheers!
I used it on a few minis, lost it and found it again after needing it. The dish soap is good, especially for terrain. Some say Jetdry, or floor polish, I had issues with both taking too long to dry, some stayed sticky and I could rub the whole thing off with my fingers.
Your miles may vary!
Why is everyone scared of beholders? I hold bees all the time.
Thank you so much! That is exactly what I needed...step by step explaination with links...Amazon delivery will be here in 2 days I have about a bazillion skeletons laying around as well as a huge lot of a 54mm knights I picked up at the thrift store not long ago...think will use those for practicing Also have picked up prob better than 1500 LOTR Risk figures, want to try mass scale army painting techniques on them. In the future lol...not like I don't have a million projects on the fire right now At least they are very small and store easily...found a couple deals on them I just couldn't pass up!
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