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Some answers :^)

July 15 2012 at 6:31 PM
Jose Luis Lopez  (Login jl_models)
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Response to Stardust! :)

Thank you for your kind words Alvaro! I really encourage you to try enamels to make dust!

Why matt varnish? .... a complex reply!

I´m a very instinctive and visceral modeler. I exactly know (80-90%) the final look of my kits. But I usually do not know exactly the way to achieve that look. I´ve not a standard method for painting or weathering all my kits, I´m far from a methodic way of painting!. And your question is the example.

Once the AK ´s dust was on place, theoretically I´d add a mix of oils and enamel paints to get the desired depth and tones in the dust. So, the logical step was to protect the dust with varnish. And I did it. In this way, there´s no risk to remove accidentally the applied dust or spoil the shape of the dust.

But suddenly I tough can I do this with acrylics? An stupid, fast, illogical, visceral question. For vertical lines are more controllable than oils and highly thinned, they also work on horizontal plates. So, why not?, I changed the idea and used the acrylic colors. So, you´re right and the matt varnish was unnecessary.

Buuuuuutttt . As I´ll add some pigments here and there (to create a little bit texture) and I´ll fix them with thinner after all, that varnish coat will be useful to protect the dust!

And . also, once I add the dry mud on the wheels, probably I´ll feel that a little more of dust and dirt is necessary on the kit (fenders, engine grills) or not . so, that matt varnish will be useful in one way or another as I´ll probably use enamel paint or oils!


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  1. LoL - Gunnar Baeumer on Jul 16, 2012, 3:22 AM

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