When I first thought about dipping miniatures in wood varnish, I went looking for Minwax Polyshades Tudor Satin, which is what all the online nabobs were suggesting. Well, it isn’t being carried at Home Depot any more, but I picked up a can of Minwax Polyshades Bamboo Mahoghany. My first mini went well, but the second one was terrible. The stuff just seemed to be glopped onto it. So I went with an old can of Olympic Special Pecan I had kicking around the garage for years. That’s what I’ve been using up to this date.
But I think the old can is thicker than it ought to be so I decided to give the Bamboo Mahoghany another shake. Here’s the result.
I’d say it was a success. I’m hoping the one gloppy mini was a fluke.
I am, however, getting into some bad habits again. At the beginning of the year I told myself I’d only paint one “group” and then move on. My pattern became “paint four like minis, then paint one odd one” which seemed to work well. But I started thinking ahead and assembling and priming others. For example, I have four primed and partially painted Bretonnian archers on the worktable right now. Why? Because I wanted to. But I should have finished the beastman first, and then moved on, because now I don’t want to paint Bretonnians, I want to finish the skellie unit. So from here on I’m going to see each “set” done to completion before I even cut another mini out of the sprue.