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Atheling28 Nov 2020 6:13 a.m. PST

Apologies for the direct link; this a reasonably large article and it wouldn't be possible to present it in full on TMP. Hopefully it will be of some use, or at least of some interest.

I'm not a pro painter, nor do I take commissions so this is meant purely to be of interest to painters.

The full article can be found on my blog.
https://justaddwater-bedford.blogspot.com/2020/11/varnishing-dark-age-period-miniatures.html

The finished results:

mghFond28 Nov 2020 7:18 a.m. PST

Thanks for the tips, I only dull coat my figs but I'm sure all your efforts result in superior protection.

And while you say you are not a 'pro' painter, you certainly are a superb painter, your figs are works of art! Amazing detail and color palette.

Fred Mills28 Nov 2020 8:34 a.m. PST

Excellent article and explanations, and ditto 'mghFond' above – your painting is beyond first rate. Many thanks.

Timmo uk28 Nov 2020 10:59 a.m. PST

Might have to try this matt varnish. From your images it looks like it dries really dead flat matt, is that the case? Is it temperature/humidity sensitive?

Pauls Bods28 Nov 2020 11:54 a.m. PST

IŽd like to see how you do the shield patterns. I really like them, totally original. I was looking at the ones on your Anglo Danish Casualty Markers and thinking, how does he do that?
From dark base colour to light??

BillyNM28 Nov 2020 11:27 p.m. PST

Thank you, it's always useful to hear about different materials and techniques, I am intrigued by the W&N Matt varnish. I would comment directly on the your blog, but no Google account, no comment.

Atheling02 Dec 2020 9:43 a.m. PST

Thanks for the nice words guys- very much appreciated.

Might have to try this matt varnish. From your images it looks like it dries really dead flat matt, is that the case? Is it temperature/humidity sensitive?

@Timmo, you've seen my work over the years ;>)

Seriously though, yes it is *the* most flat finish I have *ever* had and yes, it is almost certainly effected by humidity. all paints and varnishes are to some degree- spray cans more so.

IŽd like to see how you do the shield patterns. I really like them, totally original. I was looking at the ones on your Anglo Danish Casualty Markers and thinking, how does he do that?
From dark base colour to light??

@Pauls bods, there's actually not all that much to it. I'll do a how to as I'm painting up more Anglo Danes just now and haven't got to the shi8elds yet. It's all over a black undercoat spray as a primer and black gesso as an undercoat. Dark to light with the 'colours'.

Thank you, it's always useful to hear about different materials and techniques, I am intrigued by the W&N Matt varnish. I would comment directly on the your blog, but no Google account, no comment.

@BillyNM
I feel you. It has really effected blogging which is a real shame as you just don't get the same degree of nuance when reading a very short FB or Twitter post. I'm going to keep my blog going- in many ways it serves as a journal.

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