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Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Minwax makes a water-based formula (contains Ether -- stay away from open flames, when using) which has very little odor. The oil/spirit based formulas have a strong odor which lasts for years. The water-based formulas have almost no odor, when dry. The water-based formulas also dry within an hour, where the solvent-based formulas can take days to dry, depending upon temperature and humidity conditions.

Any dark color will work: Tudor (black) is the most commonly recommended color to use, but I prefer Royal Walnut, myself. Experimentation may be necessary, but I lean into the darkest colors for the best effects. Tudor (black) is too dark for me, but it does work well enough, overall.

The Dip's effects are stunning. Here is an example, showing the same figure, with simple block painting, and freshly brushed on Royal Walnut urethane-stain. Here is a lineup of the Cyclops figure set, matted, ready for battle.

Simple block painting, followed by The Dip Technique, is one of the fastest painting methods: I average 10 minutes, per figure, using assembly line painting techniques, followed brushing on The Dip, and a matte clear coat.

The fastest technique I've heard of, is using Army Painter Speedpaints: average of two minutes per figure, or five times faster than my approach! The Speedpaints also produce better results than The Dip! Check out Wyloch's Speedpaints video, and the comments section, where I asked him to compare Army Painter Speedpaints to The Dip Technique… Cheers!

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Laconia Hobbies writes:

You will need Minwax Tudor (from Ace Hardware), waxpaper, primer, a shallow box, disposable brush, surgical gloves, and mineral spirits.

Prepared Figures

Step One:

Clean the figure of flash and fill in all the gaps with greenstuff. Base on a stick, a piece of cardboard, etc.


Step Two:

Prime the figure. I use this primer from Michaels/A.C. Moore. Use Gray – it's cheap and cheerful.

Figures with Black Wash

Step Three:

Paint a diluted mix of black paint and water over the figures. 3:2 works best: three-parts paint and two-parts water.

Step Four:

Paint the helmet, Bronze; the flesh, Flesh; the mail, Silver; etc. If you make a mistake, no worries, the dip will fix all your problems.

Step Five:

Get waxpaper and put in a shallow box (I use a beer box). Make sure you have surgical gloves.

Step Six:

Mix two-parts Minwax with one-part mineral spirits Use Minwax Tudor (from Ace Hardware).

Cover the figure with the Minwax/mineral-spirit mix.

Step Eight:

Put the figure, standing up straight, in the beer box.

Step Nine:

Finally, let set for one day in a well-ventilated place. (It smells.)

Finished figures