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Cosmotiger
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wolverin61 wrote:
My friend in the model club told me that you can put Future floor wax on the mini where the decals are going to go before you put the decals on and they'll go down better. I bought a bottle to try it but haven't yet (since I still haven't found my decals.)


Yes, that works very well. You can airbrush or brush it as an overall gloss coat, or you can use it just on the areas where the decals will go. Brush on a thin layer and apply the decal right onto the wet Future. As the decal and the Future dry down together, any tiny air pockets under the decal film are filled... therefore no silvering.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the glosscoat - decals - microsol - dullcoat method. Usually works pretty well.

I've heard of using Future as a substitute for gloss coat, but I always assumed it was applied, then allowed to dry before doing anything with decals. Working with it while still wet sounds pretty messy. But if it works... Wink

As for the original question, I use Testors Light Gull Grey for my Feds. No mixing, very consistent out of the bottle, holds up well to handling.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm... go figure. I use flat paints adn a matte sealer - no gross application at all and I yet (knock on wood) to have a problem with the decals silvering... Of course, I don't use them often. Other than null numbers / names - most of the trim on mine is painted on.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Future is also the key-ingredient in "Magic Wash", my favorite way to add shading to a mini.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found my paint jar and notes. I've been meaning to write the mix down someplace I couldn't lose it. The internet is hard to lose...



This mix is based on Paul Newitt's research, presented on the CultTVMan website.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the paint formula, 'dood.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SWO_Daddy wrote:
I've heard of using Future as a substitute for gloss coat, but I always assumed it was applied, then allowed to dry before doing anything with decals. Working with it while still wet sounds pretty messy. But if it works... Wink


It's not too messy if you use a very small amount of Future. However, that is really more like a "quick and dirty" method. Personally, I almost always airbrush the whole miniature or model and let it dry.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you know, Will... if it didn't mean stripping 60 or 70 Federation minis -I'd consider redoing all of mine in that color... but as it is; I think titanium white is the way they're gonna stay.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think your ship has sailed to far to change coarse now Tony. Yours look great the way they are. I mainly needed something to keep me consistent on mine. I'm almost out of mixed-paint and I'll need to do another batch before I start my next major air-brushing binge, once the weather breaks next year (unless my secret plans for a spray booth pan out).
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

djdood wrote:
I think your ship has sailed to far to change coarse now Tony. Yours look great the way they are. I mainly needed something to keep me consistent on mine. I'm almost out of mixed-paint and I'll need to do another batch before I start my next major air-brushing binge, once the weather breaks next year (unless my secret plans for a spray booth pan out).


What you really need to do is find someone in a warmer, more southern environment that has an addiction to pewter. Then you could pay this person to airbrush the base coats on all your minis and ship them back to you for the cost of a few new pieces of tin...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What you really need to do is find someone in a warmer, more southern environment that has an addiction to pewter. Then you could pay this person to airbrush the base coats on all your minis and ship them back to you for the cost of a few new pieces of tin...


That's a great idea, Tony!

Now if he could only find someone that would fit the bill....
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Scoutdad wrote:
What you really need to do is find someone in a warmer, more southern environment that has an addiction to pewter. Then you could pay this person to airbrush the base coats on all your minis and ship them back to you for the cost of a few new pieces of tin...


That's a great idea, Tony!

Now if he could only find someone that would fit the bill....


Rolling Eyes hmmmm...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I would need to not owe that someone a pair of DDF conversions first and foremost.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well, I would need to not owe that someone a pair of DDF conversions first and foremost.

This from SVC's post on the BBS:
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Report on minis masters

Klingon F5W: Good, release on 16 Nov.

ISC BB: Good, release on 15 Feb 2010.

Andro terminator: Good, release on 15 Feb 2010.

Fed Destroyer (not sure what combinations of the four saucers): Good, release on 15 Feb 2010.

Juggy: Works fine, BUT, the "neck" is so small that it breaks in shipment, every time. I am trying to arrange to have Tony rebuild the neck.


This means that I can finally make a few DDF's of my own!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool! Now we just need to get the DDF into FC.
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