16 October 2012
What are YOUR experiences and thoughts?
A mid-week posting here on the Grand Duchy of Stollen blog, lately an extremely rare creature indeed. But I'd like your experiences and thoughts about using oils to paint wargaming figures. A useful tool full of interesting possibilities and endlessly varied techniques? Or a quaint relic from the early days of the hobby that should best be forgotten? You be the judge. Ok, talk amongst yourselves!
Later. . .
Thank you for the comments so far. All very interesting. Now, as long-time visitors to the Grand Duchy of Stollen might recall, I have used oils for various painting tasks with increasing regularity during the last couple of years. I've been largely pleased with the results, so, let's visit my totally random and not fully explored thoughts on the medium at this point. Here you go:
1) Tubes of oil last a looonnng time.
2) Oils offer endless possibilities.
3) Many and varied techinques to keep the painting tedium demon at bay.
4) Vast range of colors possible.
5) Ease and control.
6) Texture is a possibility.
7) The ONLY way to paint horses. Easy and fast.
8) Highlighting not necessary if white base or undercoat used.
9) An interesting and nuanced appearance results. Your figures won't all look exactly the same.
10) Durability. . . Ideal for plastics.
11) Versatility. . . Good on metals or plastics.
12) Speed I. . . surprisingly rapid when thinned.
13) Drying time. . . ditto above, and/or mixed with drying mediums.
14) Flesh effects. . . Fast single step that does highlighting and shadowing for you when thinners used.
16) Richer metallics.
17) Easier on brushes.
18) Speed II. . . Washes, stains, and glazes.
19) Easier to use than many think. . . no special talent or education needed.
20) Oils remain workable for a longer period than acrylics and enamels.
21) A mixed media approach is possible.
Well, that's where I am right now. What are YOUR thoughts on the matter? Please leave a comment detailing your experiences and ideas about using oils for painting wargame figures.