Monday 16 November 2020

'nids part 294 - Tyrannofex #Dreadtober week4

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer. You may have noticed that my #DreadTober posts had evaporated. Unfortunately I had run out of my Army Painter Anti-Shine varnish and had decided to try a new product - AK Interactive 3rd generation matt varnish.

It had some good reviews and came in a 100ml bottle, something Army Painter have told me they have no immediate plans of doing with Anti-shine :(

The Matt Varnish arrived five days after it should have done and as you can see the results are suspect. The flat areas are really flat matt but as you can see the crevices have that white frosted effect where it's pooled.

I wasn't happy at all, but thankfully it was easily rectified in most instances. The creases had a dab of Strong Tone wash and it hid the offending white foam. However, what the pictures can't convey is that the finish has a rubbery texture, akin to those soft-grip pens.

It's not wholly unpleasant but as I'd also applied some to my Genestealer Acolyte Iconward and it had started to separate and peel off like a thin film of rubber I had sever doubts about it's durability.


So I was not best pleased and the whole project pretty much ground to a halt as I tried to decide on the next course of action.

Which was to order three of these. I've also picked up some other varnishes and may consider doing a test in future to find the best paint on matt varnish [spoiler alert - AK Interactive aren't winning any prizes].

One last issue I noticed was the varnish 'foam' that dried on this leg plate will need fixing - paint back in the dark blue and all the striations.


I wouldn't have minded in a way if that was the level of frosting, that can be mitigated with checking to see if it has pooled but it is a faff and the fact it peeled off means I doubt I'll have any use for it at the moment. Anyway, I'm going to Anti-Shine the lot and get my TO DONE! pics, just a few weeks late.


  1. Sorry to hear of your varnish troubles man. I might look into some Army Painter stuff though. Also, I love your Tyranid colour scheme.

    1. As a paint on varnish it's really good. It feels hard when it's applied. That said it works much better on organic surfaces than flat ones. I tried painting my Ravenwing Dark Shroud with initially and you could see the brush strokes in it. I ended up air brushing it on. For that matter I would believe that the AK varnish might work well on tanks, but not sure I can trust it.