Help support TMP

"Gloss coat and Wash experiments lots of pictures." Topic

4 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the WWII Painting Guides Message Board

1,023 hits since 24 Oct 2012
©1994-2018 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Petrov Inactive Member24 Oct 2012 8:33 a.m. PST

Hi folks. I am new to painting German armor and still getting a hang of more advanced methods of painting so I decided to do some experimenting with application of washes and coats.

Please disregard the captions written on paper in the background.

I used cheap krylon gloss coat spray and Vallejo sepia wash.

I used command decision panther figures. First one I painted in the standard yellow undercoat with green and brown lines.

The second panther was painted with base reflective green coat with large brown spots and yellow lining of the brown spots.

I decided to see how wash or wash over gloss coat changes the look of the model.

Here is the base yellow panther hull after a basic 3 color paint job heavily washed with sepia wash and same turret gloss coated no wash:

This show over here shows the contrast, I did a coat of wash over the entire hull and it really toned down the colors compared to the turret with no wash:

And here is the 2nd panther with different color scheme, this time the hull is gloss coated and the turret is hit with a wash with no gloss coat.

Now I used the sepia wash to wash the gloss coated yellow turret and the green hull

Gloss coated hull after a wash

The yellow turret with green hull together

Turret and hull that were washed without a gloss coat

Left tank no gloss hull washed, turret glossed and washed, right side tank glossed hull and washed no gloss turret and a wash.

And a final shot

Some conclusions so far. I used too much wash, way too much.
Wash over gloss coat used properly seeps into the cracks and leaves the overall tone of the vehicles the same.
Wash over plain paint kinda dulls down the whole tone of the vehicle but doesnt really "shade" the vehicle just mutes the colors.

The conclusions are not final as I have yet to seal it with a matte finish for a final look, I am also considering experimenting with dry brushing.

Munster25 Oct 2012 4:15 a.m. PST

I find a very light white dry brush lightens the wash effect nicely.

War Panda25 Oct 2012 9:50 a.m. PST

This is a nice idea to post…I destroyed the first few tanks I painted when I applied wash…oh dear…I wish I had seen something like this first

Petrov Inactive Member25 Oct 2012 5:06 p.m. PST

I did dry brush with the base yellow and white mix for one tank and base green and white for the other it only made the cap stripes fade even worse.

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.