This evening I blasted the miniatures with the hair dryer, I actually made my lip uncomfortable when I tested how warm they were… so after 10 minutes I went for a white overcoat. Now I normally shove the white paint straight out of the pot but1 this time I decided to go for the two thin coats…yeah that was going to work…

So I went a bit thicker on them after this….

So as I said yesterday, my aim was to see how far the Speedpaints would bleed through more and more layers so here are my results….

So as you can see from the above, I went through four layers of white paint… in between each layer I blasted it with the hairdryer and then left it for 10 minutes or so to let it cool.

I used the same brush each time and went up one side and back down the other. I washed the brush between each slug and dried it on a paper towel… in other words I tried to keep everything the same.

So I think the photos tell the story pretty much as it is, the blue, grey and purple pretty much were okay to do a different colour over the top after layer three. The orange, green, red and yellow are still a definite colour there.. flesh colour, I am not sure about. I reckon the ones above might be repaintable after a 5th layer of white, but repaintable I mean a lighter colour, obviously red would probably go over the yellow after the third or fourth layer, but definitely not the other way around.

If you were wondering about the letters, I thought it prudent to add them in case the colours covered over and I wouldn’t know which was which. I don’t think I needed to worry.

So with this test there is a caveat I would like to add. I have been using this white for a good old while and as such have used some medium in it to keep it useable.This however is the same white that I have used on most of my painting over at least the last year… so perhaps it is not an issue for this test.

Where can I go next with this, I am not sure. I suppose I could brush some varnish over something and see what happens, this would be to simulate an error being made, but in all honesty I would imagine a similar thing happening to the above.

Unless anyone can think of anything else to try then I am running out of ideas here. The one thing I will try is to paint something one colour then spray varnish it and see what happens. Obviously yellow won’t be able to go over red or blue, but if I out white over the varnish then that will give me an answer there at the very least

I really, wanted these to work, I bought them in good faith and sadly they seem to be letting me down. Maybe I got a duff batch, but let’s be honest here, it is unlikely.

4 thoughts on “Sacrificial Slugs Part II

  1. Looking like a pretty thorough set of tests! 🙂 My heretical suggestion would be to overpaint one in enamel (say Humbrol white or light grey) and see what happens, given that the speedpaints are waterbased and enamels are oil-based. I use enamels to prime and for a lot of vehicle basecoats so using them is never an issue for me!

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