This was my most recent attempt to get it right and although I wouldn't say I'[d recreated what others had I was happier with the result. It might not have created the range of oranges but I did get some sepia to rich browns which I really liked. This was only on the three models on the right. The Blitzer on the left is still at wash stages.
It's here that I began to question how you go about fixing this as my brush on Army Painter Anti-Shine appeared to reactivate the Dirty Down so would I need a spray varnish to seal them?
Or could I brush on my varnish to the one on the left and then add the Dirty Down afterwards to achieve the results on the right? Then what do I do with the 3 already with Dirty Down in place? Would whatever I decide be the same as the others?
Questions - are the death of progress and suddenly my momentum was pulled up right sharp.
I'd finished all the black highlights. All the damage effects and weathering.
All that was left was the rust and how to achieve that - it totally killed my buzz. Having delayed things to get the decals this was not a welcome disruption.
All the extra effort had managed to tone down the red accent colour though. They were still far from my inspirations but I was liking what I had, in fact every WiP pic has had something I was actually comfortable with but I was determined to persevere with exploring what I hoped to do with weathering effects.
The markers also got washes to add preliminary rust and damage. I particularly liked the different scales of check patterns.
It made them quite interesting and varied.
Varag Ghoul-Chewer also moved on, only to be stalled. At least I chose the Ghoul's colours.
It might have obscured some of the white pattern but it'll get there in the end and I liked picking out his running shoes too.
So, I was left contemplating how to get these over the finish line - the varnish was the issue. Did I need to buy some Army Painter Anti-shine spray? It can be prone to the same frosting as Purity Seal/Munitorum Varnish - do I risk it? Do I even try my half unused Purity Seal, which has sat idle for 11 years and haven't used since it frosted my Hive Guard. But I know how to use it now, but even so, 11 years isn't going to do it many favours...
I got a bunch of sacrificial test models to try some alternatives and in the mean time I had some random models to move along while I resolved this quandry.