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Made in au
Sinister Chaos Marine

Queensland, Australia


I recently decided to replace my GW washes (somewhat Reluctantly) with Secret Weapon Washes.
I bought the entire line and being in the middle of painting up a Black Templar army i picked out every wash that seemed a good match for a black paint job (Armour Wash, Blue Black Wash, Soft Black Wash, Heavy Body Black Wash)

Off the bat i noticed that once dried these washes have a fairly glossy finish so i applied a Matt Varnish to reel this glossyness back.
Despite the Matt Varnish there is still a noticeable difference in each shade of black produced by these select washes, i may go with either Armour Wash or Blue Black wash for my Black Templars (parchment wash will be handy too!)

I found that these washes had to be shaken vigorously before use so dropping an agitator in each bottle certainly makes things easier.
They seem like the kind of washes that would work best when applied with care and precision on select surfaces, so now that i have tested out the effects with complete coats i might have a crack at an Ork and mess around a bit with this extensive range of washes (30 for $100.00 )

Sorry about the sloppy paint jobs on these Backpacks! I was just trying to pump out testers as quickly as i could.
[Thumb - Armour Wash Front.JPG]
Armour Wash Front

[Thumb - Armour Wash Back.JPG]
Armour Wash Back

[Thumb - Armour Wash + Matt Varnish front.JPG]
Armour Wash + Matt Varnish Front

[Thumb - Armour Wash + Matt Varnish back.JPG]
Armour Wash + Matt Varnish Back

[Thumb - Blue black Front.JPG]
Blue Black Wash Front

[Thumb - Blue Black back.JPG]
Blue Black Wash Back

[Thumb - Blue Black Wash + Matt Varnish front.JPG]
Blue Black Wash + Matt Varnish Front

[Thumb - Blue Black Wash + Matt Varnish back.JPG]
Blue Black Wash + Matt Varnish Back

[Thumb - Soft Black Front.JPG]
Soft Black Wash Front

[Thumb - Soft Black Back.JPG]
Soft Black Wash Back

[Thumb - Soft Black Wash + Matt Varnish front.JPG]
Soft Black Wash + Matt Varnish Front

[Thumb - Soft Black Wash + Matt Varnish back.JPG]
Soft Black Wash + Matt Varnish Back

[Thumb - Heavy Body Black Front.JPG]
Heavy Body Black Wash Front

[Thumb - Heavy Body Black Back.JPG]
Heavy Body Black Wash Back

[Thumb - Heavy Black Wash + Matt Varnish front.JPG]
Heavy Body Black Wash + Matt Varnish Front

[Thumb - Heavy Black Wash + Matt Varnish back.JPG]
Heavy Body Black Wash + Matt Varnish Back

Made in gb
Krazed Killa Kan

Newport, S Wales

Maybe it's me (or the pics, or both) but I really cannot distinguish between the different washes in those photos.

While I can appreciate their effects over black, I would suggest using white (or a similar neutral colour like beige) and a neutral metallic (e.g. GW's chainmail (can't remember the new name for it)) if you really want to give a good comparison of how they work.

My P&M Log: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/433120.page
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Made in au
Sinister Chaos Marine

Queensland, Australia

I understand what you mean, secret weapon actually did exactly that in releasing the product.


I posted this more so to show the affect of the these washes on a black paint job, call it a morbid curiosity.

The differences are very subtle and i apologize as unfortunately my photographs aren't the greatest.

I guess this is just a bit of ground work for the Black Templar army i have just started to paint, having replaced my GW washes i was a bit thrown off & did this to get my bearings on what looks best as far as a complete coat on black surface goes.

Made in us
Shrieking Traitor Sentinel Pilot

To be effective, I think you should go over a very dark grey with these washes. Your "eye" will see them still as black templar. That or try a drybrush over black base, then hit them with the washes. either are bound to provide a better effect.

This miniature is painted with a base of 2:1 black and codex grey prior to moving into shading and highlighting. It still appears very "black" to the viewer but allows for more differentiation in the process.

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