19 Nov 2016

88th post - Varnishing the Models!

Hey friends!
Almost a year has passed since I finished the paint work on my Gondorian Banner Bearer Knight, and it has been waiting on the "to varnish shelve" since then. So, this week I have decided to finally varnish him and publish the whole process in here.

Varnishing the miniatures is one of those subjects that usually gets a lot of debate by the hobbying community (paired with the eternal Citadel vs Vallejo discussion) and, in fact, all the pro's and con's should be thought over before you start.

So, let us see:

- Pro's
  1. It protects/reinforces the model's structure, hardening it and preventing it to break easily;
  2. Can be used to provide an extra shining look on metallics, such as swords and armors;
  3. Prevents your paint work from chipping or scratching over time.
- Con's
  1. It might take hold on what your miniature looks like in the end. So, caution is needed, though you'll never have full control of the varnish's effect over the model;
  2. It'll ruin the miniature when applied over still wet surfaces;
  3. It is somehow expensive, specially if you decide to give your model multiple coats.

Conclusion: If you play on a regular basis, and your models are painted on a tabletop standard, than varnishing the miniatures will really help you. You'll benefit a lot. On the other hand, if you just paint for pleasure (like me) and you're very happy with the overall look of your minis, than you should consider all the pro's and con's of the process. 
By my part, I usually varnish my minis, since I find it gives a way good protection, and I really enjoy the glossy finish it provides to the metallic colours.


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- Tipes of Varnish:
  1. Gloss Varnish: I find it is the one that gives the strongest coat of all the varnishes that I have used, and so I tend to use it first in all the parts of the model (100%, excluding the base). When it dries, the model will be sun glossy, so it's recommended that you have a matt varnish so you can interpose that look.
  2. Matt Varnish: This one, I use to ungloss the parts of the miniature that I don't want glossy. The final result tends to be satin, so I usually make it with a couple of coats. It is also an excellent alternative for those of you who don't intend to lose any detail on your painted model. You just need to use it alone (instead of using it to ungloss the previous fase).
  3.  Satin Varnish: There is also the satin finish varnish, who I've never used, therefore i can't express any opinion about. The result will probably be similar to the Gloss+Matt varnish method I use. 

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My Method

I've tried to capture the different results for all the fases of the varnishing process, but it is mainly observable in the most highlighted spots (particularly in the horse), being more discernible at naked eye. I guess we all know the struggle of passing to photos what our eyes see ...
It consists in two fases:

  1. Gloss varnishing 
  2.  Matt varnishing

The miniature still unvarnished. 


The main difference might be spotted on the horse's glow but, with a closer
 look on the knight's amor and banner, the glowing can be discernible as well.

 In the photos bellow, the armor shine that I wish to preserve might be spotted






Then, with the coat of Matt Varnish, the satin effect can be easily spotted, (again) mainly in the horse.




And that's all!
I'll be posting some more things soon, since some ideas have been running thru my head :)
I hope this will be useful to someone!
Happy hobbying!!!!!



13 Oct 2016

87th post - I'm alive!

Well, hello hobby friends :)
It has been a really long time since I've made my last post.
Due to my university schedule I've had so few time left to paint anything... I think I'm starting to feel itchy ahah ... it just felt to me that I had to get back to the blog, not in full strength (as I would like) but at least to let you know that I haven't lost my love for the hobby :)

So, if you don't know the latest news yet, we're going to have some new miniatures on the Hobbit hobby :D
Great news for the fans of this line :P

Dain Ironfoot
Iron Hills Army
Iron Hills Balista
Until next time ;)
Happy hobbying.

23 Dec 2015

86th post - Gondor Knight with Banner!




Hello  guys!
This is my first post since September ... well, I had to focus on college to achieve the intended results, and that left me no time to paint as much as I wanted xD
Now on vacations, I've finally finished painting my Gondorian Knight with Banner, and I must say, I'm a bit rusted. I really felt that what I wanted to do took much more work and didn't achieve quite the results I was looking for, but anyway... Number 55 is finished:
















And here it is :D
Any suggestions are extremely welcome eheh

Happy Hobbying and Merry Christmas/Yule everyone :)