May 14th, 2006

Kero Bluestreak


So I've spent the past two or three weeks knocking myself out to really do a good job painting some miniatures, right? I've taught myself how to use the modeling putty, to "flock" the bases so they look like semi-realistic terrain and not just black squares, and really practiced pro-level techniques to outline details and do freehand detail designs. Not about to win any awards, but certainly these are miniatures that could be put in a store display and for the most part stand proudly next to professional work.

And then. Ah yes. THEN.

Then, for some reason I have yet to fathom, spraying these really nice jobs with clearcoat protectant -- a vital step to ensure their longevity with handling and use -- gives them all a white frosting! >:E Now all of the figures look like they're dusty, or perhaps like the characters have been rolling around in powdered sugar.

WTF? Argh!

I don't get it; I can't think of any reason this might happen except possibly that I held the spray can too close to the figs and there's freon or something mixed in? What's worse, I don't think there's any way to fix it, short of painting the figs over again (which I really don't want to do). I might be able to mitigate the effects on some of the figs by going back and retouching the darkest areas with another layer of dark paint to increase the contrast.

Certainly, it's not the end of the world, but it is annoying. These should be the latest-and-greatest highlights of my minis collection, but instead they now look old and faded! Crud.

-The Gneech

EDIT: Oh, great. -.- I just discovered that the padded shelf lining I've been using to store the figures is bonding with the paint and tearing them up now, too. Jeeze, what is it, "destroy Gneech's minis" day?
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