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Friday, June 30, 2017

WIP: Gouache on minis? Yeah, not so much.

Lets try out some stuff on these disposable minis...

Gouache works lovely on watercolor paper and kind of well on minis... sort of.
What's neat about gouache is you can reactivate it with water so it's a bit like oils, you can also lift it with a damp brush in places to create highlights if you have white primed under it...
Not bad considering each set of color took about 5 min, no, like five min on all three minis o_O
But it all dissolves and goes to crap when you seal, and if you don't it rubs off and gets reactivated by the oils on your hands -_-
You can see how much it dissolves on the backs of the legs on a few of them above after they were sealed -_-

Any way, it was a fun experiment!

Next Post: My daughter's first diorama!

Thanks for humoring me on my continued experiments in various mediums, let me know if you are trying anything new with your minis these days and remember; you can't spell paint without a little pain :)


  1. Hi,excellent workshop!

    Wich brand are this mini?

    1. These are from the sculpts are great but the 3d printing is very rough at the cheapest level, which these are.

  2. Very interesting experiment despite it not really going so well. My main go to paints are now acrylics and enamels (for hand held brush) and synthetic lacquers (for spray cans). Trying oil paints for weathering soon but most likely have to leech out the linseed oil before I use them on models.

    1. Yeah, i know a few guys in my figure club who paint exclusively with oil, their work is stunning! Keep trying new things, our mistakes help us grow!

  3. Playing is the best way to find new techniques. I really need to dive into oils. I can't blend at all with acrylics. I used to do wet in wet blending with oils back in the day. Maybe just need to move that over to minis.

    1. I hear ya. Its a common complaint with acrylics, you either have to use layers and glazes or find a nice slo dri medium (or several because they all act different with different brands) or master the wet palette which only works in certain climates. I use oils for pin washes and such but Im thinking of picking up a cheap set to try out on some minis myself...


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