Monday, April 30, 2012

Aldi Quickshade

This is the result of the Aldi-bought shading experiment on the British Dragoon conversion figure from a couple of posts ago. 

The dark wood stain comes out roughly equivalent to AP Quickshade Strong. It is a warmer, less harsh contrast compared to my home-grown mix; useful for flesh and lighter colours, I'd reckon.


  1. Are you regularly using shading Ben? This one looks pretty "drastic". I used to, but have stopped. I am wondering about going back to using a diluted black ink to try to bring out detail in epaulettes and the like, but I'm not sure...

    1. I do, James. It depends by what you mean by "drastic". This is an experiment, but I think I'll use this mainly for flesh and light tones.

      I use a home-made shading varnish that I make combining clear varnish with some pre-made tint to mix the preferred shade. If you look at the Westphalians, they sport the home-made varnish. Click the varnish label in the sidebar for the recipe post.

      Personally, I think figures look flat without a little shading, and as I'm too lazy/not skilled enough to paint layers of different shades, I prefer the varnish route. It's not for everyone, I know, but that's my preference.

      I'll highlight the belts on this trooper and maybe some of the detail, but I'm quite happy with it.

  2. Well it certainly does what it says on the tin; I imagine considerable cheaper too!

  3. That is a very nice effect and so much better than AP's products. Good fine.


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