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Non metallic or metallic

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by malc, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. MCPWilk A Fixture

    I've just started a trial of Vallejo liquid silver which seems very good. Alclad spray is also impressive but this is more for larger areas than fine details. I've used Humbrol, Rose and Vallejo metallics in the past with varying success. Of course portrait painters depict metal surfeaces with non metallic paint.

  2. Richard Baxter Well-Known Member

    Darkstar metallic are my preference.
  3. housecarl A Fixture

    Still got mine, I just use acrylic varnish with them now.(y)
    NMM look OK on flats and demi rondes.
  4. Babelfish A Fixture

    +1 to that, Darkstar are probably/arguably the best metallics available that are intended for figure painting.

    - Steve
  5. fogie A Fixture

    On a pedantic note....the problem with metallic paint, whether 'ready-mixed' or raw powder and size, is that it's invariably too bright. and needs to be
    calmed down. 'Gold' lace for example in reality is actually a bit dull, and 'brass' or 'silver' buttons are invariably tarnished. the same thing applies to
    Carbines, muskets and sword blades. I suppose with ceremonial figures things are different but in the main I prefer to tone down my metalwork a bit by
    mixing in a faint touch of 'grubbiness'.

    Jaybo and malc like this.

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