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glaze question

Discussion in 'Acrylics' started by mikec55, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. mikec55 Active Member

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    I'm a bit confused as to the use of Vallejo acrylic glazes. I've used their smoke glaze in the past, specifically on things like metal helmets, rifle barrels, and such, and the results were really nice. It toned down the metallic shine and created some nice shadow effects.

    I'm not sure what happens with the tan or verdigris glazes. These 2 colors are really bright compared to the smoke glaze. With which colors will these work best and what will the final result look like? Do they bring out the highlights more where the smoke adds to the shadows?

    Thanks in advance. 20181122_113920.jpg
  2. Sergei Active Member

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    Ask Trump. He can everything.
  3. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    After reading a recommendation by Marion Ball on their website some years ago l bought black, dark brown and dark green Vallejo glazes and use them for groundwork....they do however dry with a shine unless you add some matting agent.

    Keith
  4. Kimmo Well-Known Member

    Think of them as heavy washes, or thin paint. They will flow into recesses but cover high points slightly. The added medium gives them a bit longer working time so you can wipe down excess if it went on too heavy. If it goes on too heavy for your liking, thin it down with water or thinner medium. As with other specialty products, do a bit of experimenting on scrap or a test figure. The verdigris is specifically meant to replicate the green patina on bronze/copper as it is exposed to the elements. No idea what the tan is specifically designed for. You can use smoke to give leather a nice bit of depth and tonal shifts.

    Kimmo
  5. Wayneb A Fixture

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    United-States
    Vallejo sells a Glaze Medium that can be mixed with all their paints the dries flat. I used to use their retarder medium but felt it effected adhesion; but not with the glaze medium. It can be mixed up to 50% and that's not including water to give much more control with not only washes but with just about any degree of paint thinning you want to use. But just like anything,....acrylic or oils; there is always trial and error. That's just about the way it is with everything. Also I might add that I have used it with other brands of acrylics such as Andrea and Reaper to mention a couple. Do you think this might just be another gimmick to sell paint? I'm curious myself but I have so many damn paints now including oils I can't even keep track. I think that limited pallet thing is the ticket if you can pull it off so you can save money and go out and buy yourself another Big Mac.:)

    Wayne
  6. Ronaldo Well-Known Member


    Well there are always colours in the box that you almost never use, just like tools in the garage .
  7. mikec55 Active Member

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    United-States
    I'll sit down and experiment with a couple of odd figures in my gray army. If I get any interesting results with the tan or verdigris glazes, I'll post a picture or 2.

    Thanks to all for the helpful advice.

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