Adventures in dipping

The Army Painter dip and shake method has made painting armies for tabletop use much easier, quicker and/or messier, depending upon your point of view. At least it does make the figures look better than simple base coats.

I have used this method for my clanrats and a few others, and have some comments.

(the method is quite simple. paint the figures in base or block colours, dunk the whole figure in the tin of  really expensive floor varnish Army Painter Quickshade Dip and shake it vigourously 8-10 times to get rid of excess quickshade, and let dry for a couple of days. Yes, painting time 5 minutes, drying time 48 hours… This was supposed to be fast! Argh! )


1: Always make sure the figures are properly glued both together and to the base!

Witness my skaven clanrat standard bearer. post dip and shake.

130520 dipping fail 3

The rest is somewhere in the undergrowth of my back yard.



2. Never try to shake metal figures by holding the base with a pair of pliers in the same way plastic figures can be.

130520 dipping fail 1130520 dipping fail 2

Mass Effect: Broken Base. Figure on ground gathering dust.


3. Do not wear your best shirt when shaking, as the arm will get spotty. (and also the arm gets really sore the next couple of days after shaking 100+ figures in a sitting.)


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