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Vallejo Liquid Silver and Gold (plus a Tinfoil Mirror)

A while back we ordered in some Vallejo Liquid Silver and Liquid Gold, what we didn’t realise at the time was these were no normal paints and required things like alcohol to thin, as such we’ve not had a proper look at them – until now…

Unlike acrylic paints the pigments hold together better lessening the chance of unsightly brush strokes on the model.

Our chosen test model was Glaurio ven Alten lll from the Cursed City boxed set as he had a good amount of silver and gold adorning his outfit, here’s how we go on and some pointers for using the paints yourselves.

The Golden Rule: These are not normal paints, they have a high metal content and do not like water, as such do not use water to thin these paints or clean your brushes. Rust will form in your paint pot and on the model. You’ll need alcohol instead.

How to Use

Shake the pot well (see the example photo below forcorrectly mixed paint. Basically – Shake it, shake it again, stir it, then shake it again for good measure.

The consistency of the paint ready to use .
our the required amount on to a dish or pallet thin with alcohol .

Do not use paint directly from the pot the fumes are strong, pour a little on to a pallet. (Not a wet pallet). To thin add a couple of drops of Isopropyl Alcohol (the higher % of alcohol the better). This is also used to clean your brush after.

As with any new technique, do a test model first!

The Verdict

Took a bit of research on howe to use correctly but having done that we enjoyed working with these paints and will be using them for all our weapons and armour in the future! Take a look though the photos the shine on the amour is striking.

The gold shines on the end of the scabard. Acrylic gold needs alot of shading and a brown undercoat to make it pop not the case here this is one coat . The armour looks polished and shines away with no varnish added .

Bonus: A Tinfoil Mirror!

We thought it would be fun if our hero actually had a working mirror for his vampire encounters.

So to achive this kitchen foil was bent to the shape of the mirror, using the rounded end of a paint brush. The foil was then removed and the indented shape in the foil cut out.

The finished mirror loks great, it’s a trick Rich uses on his WW2 vehicle dioramas.

The finished model is below

Glaurio completed with the liquid metals . The luster of the metallic paints is spectacular.
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The Spray Paint Test – Games Workshop vs Army Painter vs TTCombat

TTCombat recently released a huge range of spray paints at really affordable prices, and as Games Workshop Chaos Black is currently impossible to get hold of it only made sense to do a side by side comparison to see if the new TTCombat sprays would make a good stop gap or a replacement for Chaos Black.

Now, as an impartial reviewer and a shop that’s been asked about Army Painter sprays a number of times we added their Matt Black spray to the mix (we even express ordered a tin off Amazon to get it to us in time), to set a 3 way battle to see which spray would get our recommendation.

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Army Painter Wet Palette Short-form Review

We recently tested out the Army Painter Wet Palette while Rich was doing a commission for a French Revolutionary War Napoleonic Battalion, here’s what he thought:

Contents:

  • 2 hydro foam pads
  • 3 part paint palette
  • 50 hydro sheets
  • Small painting guide
  • Tool catalogue
  • Safety strap
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