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viper5121 Inactive Member01 May 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

I have well over 1000 minis because I got a lot of board games, and I also have Reaper Bones minis. I do not have time to paint all my minis, but I want to bring the detail out of them. I was thinking about just priming them white and then giving them a wash to bring out the details, then later on I could still paint them if I wish. I would want the primer and wash both to go on thin so I don't lose detail in case I paint over them and in that case I would use the dip method (Minwax) to bring out the details and as a final protective coating (since the minis would be fully painted).

Any suggestions on brands and colors? I suspect a white primer and dark gray color wash would be my safest bet. The Reaper Bones minis don't need the primer though, they just need the wash.


Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP01 May 2017 10:13 a.m. PST

I've got the Army Painter wash set. I just tried my first all wash minis. Over a white primer, I got khaki using their strong tone and flesh using the soft tone. For gray I used Didi's magic wash over gray primer. The results are decent for "tablevision." There will still be some colors you need to paint. I didn't like the result when I tried to create black with a black wash.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2017 10:50 a.m. PST

Over a white prime, I might use a brown or a black wash, but probably not a gray. Remember the point of the wash is to be darker than the base, so gray sort of defeats your purpose.
And because you can't get darker than black, your best option on black is black prime and drybrush, with the drybrush either really dark gray or a mix of rotting flesh and black.

Rich Bliss01 May 2017 11:35 a.m. PST

Get a tube or bottle of Transparent Acrylic Paint and thin with water. I recommend Liquitex heavy body, either Black or Payne's Grey. I usually do this on Bones figures before I paint to bring out the detail anyway.

Titchmonster01 May 2017 12:07 p.m. PST

Secret Weapon Soft Body Black wash. I find it the best for what you are doing. I use it on white primed figs when I'm painting them in grey or white uniforms.

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