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Pocket Hulks - Table Top Goblin Team (Pic Heavy)
First, I know that I am not the best painter in the world but I hope this entry may help someone take a shot at painting or improve what they do. Also, the photos are taken with my cell phone so take that into consideration when you see the photo quality.

At one time I put a ton of effort into this hobby learning to shade and apply layer after endless layer. I thought I reached a point where I was doing pretty well. Then I stumbled onto a technique that caused me to set that aside. The technique simply eclipsed all except my best work. First, let me show you my finished team and then I will explain myself.

Thus far I have not spent the money to buy the secret weapons so you will see my proxies. (A squig easily fills the role of a chainsaw.) Behold the Pocket Hulks.

Incredible Hulk and She Hulk

Fanatic, Doomdiver, and Ooligan

Looney, Bombardier, Coach

A few random gobos.

The technique is dipping. The only difference between the models above and the pictures that follow are a dip in ploy-urethane deck stain, metallics coated in Tamiya Clear Coat Smoke, and basing.

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Posted by Sp00keh on 2018-02-27 18:34:16

What is downside to dipping?

The upper photos are after you dipped and based them, the lower ones are before?

Also, the window in background means they're silhouetted, so the camera is struggling
It'd be better with the sunlight behind you
Posted by Jeffro on 2018-02-27 19:44:46
Downside to dipping is less control over your shadows and the fact that you will full down any highlights. It’s basically a protective coat + shadow wash in one (from my understanding). For tabletop quality, it’s very passable. The more labor intensive process would be base coat, wash, highlight, clear coat.

To each their own. It’s way better than just basecoat, and infinitely better than unpainted minis ;)
Posted by Kondor on 2018-02-28 02:56:13
Jeffro is correct. The downside of dipping is that you have much less control over your shading. After the dip dries it is VERY shiny. I would recommend applying a sprayed matte finish before doing other work on the mini. Unfortunately, I live in kyrgyzstan so I have been unable to find a reliable spray matte. When I move back to the states or Europe I will buy about a case of it. I will find a minni that I dipped and then sprayed to post so you can see the effect without the brilliant shine.

Once you dip the minis you shake off as much dip as you can and then use a cotton swab to prevent pooling and remove excess. I also use it to pull dip from the most raised areas so that it seems to be further highlighted.

In my opinion, most anti-dippers are a bit snobbish. (Not all) They have come to prefer technique over outcome. So many people have put in so much time getting good at shading and layering, and yet side by side, dipped miniatures often look superior.

Thanks for the tip on the camera. I will see if I can use it to get a better pic or two.
Posted by Kondor on 2018-02-28 03:55:29
There is another downside to dipping. You will never get what I call the "crisp comic book look." You colors will always be dulled. In my opinion, the dip works best on lighter colors as you stain seems to shade it more naturally. However, your whites will never be bright bridal gown white.

To me, the dip works like the best wash or glaze I have ever used. Crevices and creases are nicely shadowed. Gravity pulls the dip downward so if you are not careful you get pools along the bottom. However, if you diligently remove excesses the lower areas of the model will still naturally be darker than the top of the model without the pooling problem.

In these pictures, the best example is the goblin with Ooligan. You can see the before and after pics. Seriously, all that I did between photos is dip him and base him.