|Original cloak, before varnishing.|
Having completed my most recent model (latest post here) and after adding layers of snow flock to finish the base, it was time to varnish the model so it could be finally put to use at my local gaming club.
While waiting for the absolute perfect conditions to occur before spraying is probably the best advice, I do have an impatient tendency to just get models complete. Up until now I had never had any negative experiences with spraying in similar conditions to those used the other day. Even using a couple of test models first, everything appeared to be fine, so I moved on to the main event, placed the model down and passed the front side of the model with matt varnish spray, leaving this to dry before twirling the model round and completing the back.
|Cloak after 'frosting'|
I really did not fancy stripping the model down and starting from scratch for what would amount to less than 5% of the model being affected. Maybe I could paint over the affected areas? Maybe a could hope my salty tears could repair the damage? As in most situations in life nowadays, if you don't know what to do, someone on the internet will know for you. So after a quick search I found Pit of the Oni frosting article, which gave me some hope of salvaging what had happened.
|Cloak after gloss varnish|
|Cloak after matt varnish|
Starting with the gloss varnish, I put a thin layer of varnish over all affected areas and left it to dry.
Once that was dry I then added a coat of matt varnish as I did not want the wolf cloak to be quite that shiny. The results can be seen in the pictures.
I feel that the frosted parts of the marine, while being quite a way off from where they were before varnishing, are now back to a level where I am happy with them. The frosting has by and large been cleared up and did not need too much work to get around it. I'd prefer not to use this technique again and avoid frosting my models in the first place, but if any frosting does occur I would not hesitate in using it.
If any of you guys have any other techniques for clearing up frosting from varnishing or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email.