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WIP Attack on La Haye Sainte at Waterloo in 28mm

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Waterlooman, May 9, 2021.

  1. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    It's always down to the artists interpretation, in the confusion of battle anything can happen and here there were no camera crews or journalists to record events. If it adds to the harmony of the diorama then really it can't be wrong.

    Cheers Simon
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  2. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Thank you Simon.

    W.
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  3. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Hi all, well fun and games still - I have been matt coating (again) over the top of my painted - weathered French and no matter what I do I can not get the Blue on the figures to flatten properly, they are staying with a slight sheen, this is despite me shaking the bottle (it has a ball bearing in it to aid mixing) I shake the bottle for atlease 2-3 minutes in different directions, then using my best brush I have applied a thin coat twice now over the past week, and it just wont matt the Blue down - all the other colours are fine.
    I wondered if warming the bottle slightly by sitting it in a cup of Hot (but not) boiling water might help to warm up the varnish as I red this was a tip when using Tamiya rattle cans.

    W.
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  4. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    The warming may well work, or try it the other way around and heat the figure with a hair drier before applying the varnish. Good luck.

    Cheers Simon
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  5. NigelR A Fixture

    Sometimes it just happens. In my Red Trousers Against Machine Guns vignette I have six figures with blue coats, and on one of them the blue would not flatten down no matter how many coats of varnish I gave it (it's ok on the others). I guess you may have to live with it. Perhaps try a very light brush over with earth coloured pigments on the ones where you feel the shine is too much? This will dull the surface without making them look too weathered.
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  6. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Just a small updateon my varnish woes - I part boiled my kettle than poured it into a cup and sat my bottle of varnish init for a few minutes, this made the bottle warm to touch - I then shook it a lot and applied it over my figures in thin coats.

    I think it has worked and improved the Flat finish.

    W.
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  7. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    Oh good, a trick worth remembering. Today I painted the Dragoons coat a light blue (Cornflower blue) and found a section of the sleeve I had worked on quite a bit with glazes was shiny. It took a couple of applications to.make it as matt as the rest of the coat, I wonder is it something in.blue pigments that if over worked get polished? It will be interesting to keep an eye on this.

    Cheers Simon
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  8. Waterlooman A Fixture

    So I can confirm - warming up my Acrylic Varnish does help the flow and dulling (with a Matt Varnish) I think our temp being lower over this side of the pond to you guys over there may have something to do with it as at a guess I would have been brushing it on at a temp of roughly 12*C - 53*F but heating it up to around 25*C seems to help - still needs a good shake after warming though.

    W.
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  9. Nap Moderator

    Country:
    England

    Glad it worked ....a useful tip to remember as well as shaking !

    Nap
  10. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Yes indeed, Im still shaking now lol.

    W.
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  11. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Country:
    Argentina
    I always liked the Polish Lancers with their dark blue uniform and crimson facings.
    I am glad you decided to include them.
    Cheers!
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  12. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Thank you kindly my friend.

    W.
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  13. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Evening all, more work has been going on - I have now successfully flat top coated about Thirty of my French with another Fifteen on my bottles ready for the same treatment, I have ordered some more super glue and when it arrives I will cut the bases of my figures including the studs under their feet, then add them to my dio - in the orchard and on the roadway.

    W.
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  14. Nap Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi W

    Good to hear your moving again on this , all important things to do

    Look forward to seeing the lads in the orchard and road

    Have fun

    Nap
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  15. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Morning all, has anyone had any luck making simulated smoke from rifles and muskets, I have read up on how to do it using cottom wool, but never ever tried it.

    W.
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  16. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Country:
    Argentina
    I did,
    Just grab a tiny bit of it, shape it a little and carefully apply hair spray or a light spray of matt varnish, very ligght,
    Allow it to completely dry and pick it with a tuft clamp or similar, add tiny bit of glue on the musket ( i do add glue using the rip of a toothpik and place the cotton pice onto it.
  17. Waterlooman A Fixture

    It kind of scare me a bit, think I would need to test on some of cut figures not in my dio.

    W.
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  18. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    Sounds interesting, I would imagine there would be little that could still bee seen with a Bn firing by rank.

    Cheers Simon
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  19. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Country:
    Argentina

    I was nervous at first till i try it, i will take pics of my figure and show you
    Not as difficult as sound.
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  20. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Country:
    Argentina
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