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Recovered 1AO30 Oct 2016 4:44 a.m. PST

Thinking about how to mark the mixed weapons in the 15mm Darkest Star Venturian and I saw the 6 colors of "clear" paint Reaper Miniatures has available. The future soldiers should have a linkage between their integral computers in their helmets and their weapons so the proper Heads Up Display (HUD) shows on their visor for targeting.

I was thinking of five colors for the 5 weapon types – Gauss Rifle, Advanced Combat Rifle, Particle Accelerator Rifle, Particle Accelerator Carbine (think SMG,) and Plasma Rifle. That even leaves one color for specialists and command possibly.

Should I paint over the primed (white, black, grey, red?) metal? Over Silver or Gold Metallic? Over bare metal?

Who has done this before and what technique works best?

John Treadaway30 Oct 2016 8:04 a.m. PST

I've painted Tamiya clear over bare metal and you get a deep, lustrous metalic colour. Works ok over silver paint too: I use it for lights, helmet visors, windows… all sorts.

I once painted the red over 25mm ventaurans, funnily enough – right over the bare metal. It looked very nice (though I say so myself).

John Treadaway

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Oct 2016 8:30 a.m. PST

Easy enough to test….grab a junk figure, put on some splotches of white, gray, etc. and try it out. You may also need to experiment with 1 coat or 2 etc.

Brother Jim30 Oct 2016 2:53 p.m. PST

I don't think the Reaper Clears are actually clear like the Tamiya are.

But I don't own any, I'm just vaguely, kinda-sorta remembering something I read on the Reaper forums a good while ago.

Recovered 1AO31 Oct 2016 4:31 a.m. PST

Ordered two triads of them, will see how they work.

nukesnipe Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2016 5:11 a.m. PST

Heads up: a little of those Reaper clears goes a long way. You may want to play with thinning them down before you apply them.


Scott Chisholm

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Nov 2016 6:56 a.m. PST

That's a great idea, I'll have to give this a try! I've got some visors that I'd like to seem as though they have some depth to them that regular paint techniques just don't replicate. I'll have to pick some up when next I go to Reaper.

John Treadaway01 Nov 2016 2:02 p.m. PST

28mm ventaurans with visors done using Tamiya clear over silver:



GZG figures with Tamiya visors, again in 25/28mm


Khurasan vehicle with vision ports done in Tamiya clear over silver.


John T

tkdguy07 Nov 2016 11:12 p.m. PST

Has anyone tried Tamiya clear paint on transparent material? I have a few ideas for them.

John Treadaway08 Nov 2016 7:49 a.m. PST

No but it's what it was designed for – the inside of model car lghts and such like It should work well.

John T

tkdguy08 Nov 2016 11:28 a.m. PST

Thanks, John.

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