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  1. When I did this I believe I made my own wash...

    When I did this I believe I made my own wash using a mix of Vallejo sepia ink, glaze medium, and water with liquitex flow aid. Typically I oil wash most things, but the required varnish also affects...
  2. Have you noticed a significant drop in the...

    Have you noticed a significant drop in the finish? I ask because I've found that just a wash knocks the metallic effect down to close to acrylic levels. Because of that, I've been forced to just...
  3. I have VMA steel and gold. For some reason my...

    I have VMA steel and gold. For some reason my gold has a bunch of hard chunks in it, but the steel works well. I actually don't mind the VGC metals either, but unfortunately, nothing else in my...
  4. Vallejo Liquid Metals, has anyone mastered them?

    I'm a big fan of the alcohol based Vallejo Liquid Metal line of paints finish, but I'm having a lot of trouble controlling them. I can't use my nice brushes (because they'll be ruined), and the...
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    I've though about that model holder, but I've...

    I've though about that model holder, but I've hesitated sue to the foreign availability and the fact that I tend to paint squads at a time. The insert does look easily removable, so maybe I could...
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    Fixing mistakes on gradients

    As I shift my painting procedure to doing more assembly prior to painting, I'm finding that I have more problems with stray paint getting into areas that they shouldn't be in. Normally it's not a big...
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    Typically I do my washes with oil and my blends...

    Typically I do my washes with oil and my blends with vallejo glaze medium. Therefore, I'd be using my washes for odds and ends. Mostly they would be used to shade a few detail recesses when going...
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    I've been playing with photoshop as well trying...

    I've been playing with photoshop as well trying to replicate some of their work. This is my attempt at trying to replicate the "captured image" look that they do sometimes. It's difficult to get...
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    Best wash brand?

    I normally tend to primarily use oil washes, but more and more I've been finding myself needing acrylic based washes for little details. I've been making due by mixing inks, water and surfactant, but...
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    Did you use VGC 72002 "white primer"? If so, I'm...

    Did you use VGC 72002 "white primer"? If so, I'm pretty sure it's not actually a primer at all despite the name. That could certainly cause adherence issues.
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    How long are do you guys typically wait before...

    How long are do you guys typically wait before painting over varnish? I've been reading that people wait 24 hours before cleaning oil washes, but when I wait more than 20 minutes the oil wash becomes...
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    Painting in pieces and plastic glue

    Hopefully this isn't in the wrong sub forum. There didn't seem to be one more appropriate.

    When painting, I prefer to paint models in pieces for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, this method...
  13. Thread: Paint racks

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    Thanks for the ideas guys. You've given me some...

    Thanks for the ideas guys. You've given me some food for thought.
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    VMA and VMC German Grey are indeed different...

    VMA and VMC German Grey are indeed different colors. If you look at the Vallejo equivalency chart they don't equate to one another (strange, I know). I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess ...
  15. Thread: Paint racks

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    Paint racks

    As my paint collection continues to grow, I'm starting to consider organizing the bottles onto some sort of rack. Making something custom and nice would be the obvious solution, but I'm currently...
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    Looking for sculpting guidance

    Last night I tried my hand at a conversion that required me to sculptfor the first time. The model is intended to be a dark angels apothecary, and since they wear robes I needed to sculpt a bit to...
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    The varnish has a few purposes. First and...

    The varnish has a few purposes. First and foremost, the varnish is to protect the acrylic paint from the mineral spirits in the oil wash. Without it the oil wash could eat into the paint. Second, the...
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    It probably doesn't help, but Vallejo Model Color...

    It probably doesn't help, but Vallejo Model Color and Game Color use cadmium, at least in part. The Model Air line doesn't because I guess airborne cadmium is bad. The newer Vallejo bottles have an...
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    Here's an update for anyone facing the same...

    Here's an update for anyone facing the same issues. I tried oil washing the two different models gloss and satin varnish. Despite my prior experience, I actually really prefer satin. The wash...
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    I understand your apprehension, but it's worked...

    I understand your apprehension, but it's worked for me, and I got the idea from the Vallejo FAQ. If they recommend it for stubbornly separated paint is must not be that bizarre.
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    Do you use canned varnish because you feel that...

    Do you use canned varnish because you feel that it works better than airbrushed varnish? Hugo from ichiban painting said that the solvents in the canned stuff make it work better in one of his...
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    If you still have the vallejo paints you might...

    If you still have the vallejo paints you might want to try adding a few drops of crackle medium to the dropper. That and a bit of agitation should fix the paint unless there are dry chunks in it.
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    Troubles with varnish

    I've been having problems with varnish for some time now, and I'm looking for thoughts and advice on how to improve my technique. Typically, when I'm just about finished with a model I spray it with...
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    So here's the follow up. I glazed it a bit. I...

    So here's the follow up. I glazed it a bit. I might have gotten a bit carried away, but as I stated before, I'm really new to glazing. Had I not had to avoid the details I think I might have done a...
  25. One thing that I find interesting in PS is color...

    One thing that I find interesting in PS is color sampling. If you take a photo and want to see what color some pixel is without our brain perceiving it into another color this can be very useful....
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    It's actually already finished. I just used it as...

    It's actually already finished. I just used it as an example. The maroon strip and DA icon was done with glazing. I now definitely think it would look better with dark shadows in the green via...
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    I had a feeling this was going to be a confusing...

    I had a feeling this was going to be a confusing question. Here is a cape I did-
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v181/gttechnics/2013-08-17_18-37-54_203.jpg
    While I did more to the cape, the...
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    Airbrush/Glazing compatibility?

    This may be a strange question, but it's been on my mind. I've become pretty comfortable using my airbrush for blends, but I've realized that I really need to improve my glazing ability to take my...
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    I tried raising up the edge highlights gradually...

    I tried raising up the edge highlights gradually all the way up to wolf grey. The effect certainly seems more dramatic. I still need to clean up some things, but I'm eager to get feedback. Does it...
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    Thanks for the tips guys. It seems like there are...

    Thanks for the tips guys. It seems like there are quite a few different takes on how to get this done! It seems like the common thread though is that my edge highlights aren't light enough. Over the...
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    I should also add, since the competition I've...

    I should also add, since the competition I've tried a few new techniques that one of the judges recommended. The above librarian with jet pack was done since then. I tried only edge highlighting...
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    GTTechnics' Hobby Progess

    Hey everyone. Since there is no introduction sub-forum on here I figured that this was as good a place as any to introduce myself and hopefully get some constructive criticism on my painting and...
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    Painting Black

    Recently I entered this chaplain into a painting competition-22841 Unfortunately for me, I didn't place. When I asked one of the judges where I fell short, he said that the biggest thing was the...
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