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#60289
Protecting Painted Minis 8 Months ago  
Just finished my christmas present... Reaper's Learn to Paint #1:





Painfully slow process and i am not so good with the superfine detail, but i am pleased with the results and already working on my next set of minis. The really nice thing is that with my old eyes, once i pull it out from under the magnifying glass it looks PERFECT!!!

One thing the LtP kit doesn't cover is sealing and protecting. Reaper has a brush on sealer, there are spray on sealers and i have read about several folks who use floor wax. Anybody have strong opinions one way or the other?

I guess the best way to protect them would be with a nice sturdy wooden case, perhaps lined with foam... gee if only someone made something like that ;)
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#60290
Re:Protecting Painted Minis 8 Months ago  
Like many others I too started out with that set a while back!

I have used the brush on sealer and it seems to work pretty well. I've mostly worked with plastic minis though, I've definitely noticed that the metal ones are more susceptible to paint rubbing off, especially on projecting bits like the rat's tail. As you say, a case is definitely the best way to store those. Plastic stuff is a little more forgiving of being piled up in a box.
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#60292
Re:Protecting Painted Minis 8 Months ago  
Here's a couple of suggestions:

Testors dull coat spray works well, but you can't use it in high humidity areas.

Reaper brush on sealer works as well, but is relatively expensive considering how much (little) you get.

I buy Liquitex Matt Medium at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, it works great and you get a huge jar for a couple of bucks. This stuff can also be used for glazing (they make a gloss medium as well if you like shiny minis).
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#60296
Re:Protecting Painted Minis 8 Months ago  
I use vallejo game color satin varnish. No matter what you use if you just store them in a drawer they will eventually get damaged.
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#60298
Re:Protecting Painted Minis 8 Months ago  
I always use a coat of Krylon 1303 Acrylic Spray Paint Crystal Clear first (This will put a good hard coat on the mini that will let it stand up to table top play better). Then you want to put a dull coat on top of that once the crystal clear coat is dry all the way. For the dull coat I prefer Army Painter Anti-Shine Matte Varnish (I just find you get a better bang for you buck with it) Army painter comes in the spray can or the paint on yourself. I have only used the spay on one. But yes you will need to watch for your humidity on the spay on ones or it will put a chalky white on your mini. I spay my mini in a shed that I have ac/heat in it with a vent so it is not a problem for me. For the Krylon paint I like to just get it at a hobby lobby you can use the %40 off coupon. Also Good job on the mini they look great :)
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#60300
Re:Protecting Painted Minis 8 Months ago  
Krylon Crystal clear spray followed by Testor's Dull coat spray is what I do and recommend.

For storage, I use a metal tool box with several small drawers of the right depth. I have put self-adhering magnetic sheets (bought pre-cut to the right size from Litko) under each mini I paint, which makes them very stable in my toolbox. This is great for transportation and to have fast access to all of my minis.

I've seen the KS about the little neatly carved wooden cases for minis storage and I wish its owner all success. Nevertheless, if you plan owning more than 2 dozens minis total, I would recommend my approach.



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#60301
Re:Protecting Painted Minis 8 Months ago  
If you plan on transporting more than a certain number of minis.
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#60302
Re:Protecting Painted Minis 8 Months ago  
jackattack wrote:
If you plan on transporting more than a certain number of minis.

Although a metal toolbox is readily transportable, I mostly see mine as a relatively small-sized (perfect for my needs) metal cabinet. I personally never transport my minis per se outside of my home as my gaming groups meet at my place. Nevertheless, I still recommend my system to anyone owning and/or transporting lots of high-standard painted minis.
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#60307
Re:Protecting Painted Minis 8 Months ago  
I buy random clear coat spray from lowes. Personally I like gloss.
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#60308
Re:Protecting Painted Minis 8 Months ago  
The way Biowizard has his minis done if you need to transport them you can always use a metal cake pan with a lid. They will stick to the pan and you can take them where you want to then.
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#60374
Re:Protecting Painted Minis 8 Months ago  
Thanks everyone.

I will try one with the spray on clear and testors dull method and the other with the brush on Reaper stuff and see which i prefer.

I threw in the line about the boxes just as a shout out. I'll probably get one because i am a sucker for senselessly beautiful gaming accessories (don't even get me started on my Q Workshop collection...). Realistically the stuff i paint is probably going to be shelf pieces or my PC's (for which the box is sufficient). I have gobs of plastic minis for GMing. The painting is more of a hobby in and of itself. I picked up a type tray (like TOM - fantastic idea) to hang next to my desk and it will likely take me a lifetime to fill it.
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