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10 August 2011

Varnishing Flying Bases

Nick speaking,

When I first started painting my 40k models, I will always remember something a friend of mine told me "If you can see it, then you can paint it" and that is one reason why I always tend to base my flying bases rather than just leaving them clear...


I am also a bit of a fussy person, and I have to admit that I do prefer them based over being clear, on top of that, I always spray varnish them as well. When you spray varnish the base, it is a good idea to stop the varnish getting onto the flying base stem, as It tends to tarnish it and makes it look a bit odd rather than see through. I know that some people just mask up the stems with tape, but I use a different technique with something that can easily be kept and reused! I use an old large paint brush top and place it over the stem with a bit of Blu-Tack on one end to stop the varnish getting in... 


Of course like me, you may not have enough large paint brush tops around, but don't worry, it's very easy to make your own version up. Just roll a piece of paper around a paint brush or pen, and Sellotape it together. Cover the whole thing in Sellotape so the varnish does not make the paper wet, cut it to length and put a piece of tape over one end to stop the varnish from getting in the top...



3 comments:

  1. Thats a pretty cleaver idea. 
    I personally paint the rods Black myself and just varnish them all together. 

    Part of the was a stylistic choice, the other part was laziness in not wanting to mask the rods when varnishing. :P

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  2. Thats a handy trick!  I'll be using it!
    Thanks!

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