[Archive] Blue Tries the "Dip"

Blue in VT:

After seeing the results of several recent posts about “dipping” I decided to give it a try myself.  Now no one around me carries Army Painter Products…and I didn’t really want to pay $30 for an experiment anyway…plus several people “in the know” assured me that the AP version was just repackaged wood stain …so…I decided to go with the Minwax Polyshades “dip”.  Now in my copious reading on the subject most people suggested AP strong tone or Miniwax Antique Walnut as the most useful colors.  I actually had a $5 coupon to my local hardware store so I picked up a tin…only $3 with the discount so why not!  

To test this technique I thought some of the 4th edition Savage Orcs would be useful. So I primed one in white and slapped some base colors on it…I used the old Goblin Green that I’ve had for eons for the flesh…this is my normal highlight color.  The rest I did with “brighter than you would think necessary colors” and then I Brushed on a coating of the Antique walnut stain…I let it dry and it looked HORRIBLE!  But I knew that it needed a coat of matte varnish before I should make my final judgement…so hit it with some Testors Dullcoat and it looked better…still not good but better…take a look…

To my eye the Brown colored stain was just the wrong choice for these figures…it looked bad on the Green flesh and just wasn’t working for me.  So I found my way to an ACE hardware…the only place that seems to carry the black based Tudor Stain in my area…luckily they had a can…from the dust on top I could tell it wasn’t a popular color but I was very happy to find it.  It cost me another $8 but I’m still coming out ahead compared to buy AP Quickshade.  Here are the two cans side by side.

With the Tudor stain in hand I picked another Savage Orc and got to work…and I remembered to take pictures this time!  :lol:

So again I primed white and slapped some bright colors on the dude…it took me about 15minutes to block in the base colors…here is what he looked like pre-dip

I then brushed on the well stirred Tudor stain…using the brush and a paper towel to remove larger than wanted pools of the stuff…and let him dry over night…here is the result.

YIKES!  That is terrible!  Quick! Get the Dullcoat!

Ahhh…thats better…in fact thats a LOT better.  I personally think he looks pretty good!  considering the time I put into him he looks alright!

Of course everybody looks better with a completed base…so I finished him off like my usual figures.

Hey hey! Not Bad!  Not going to win any contests with this guy but I’m quite pleased.  The only post-dip highlighting I did was on the blue war paint where I picked out the VERY highest of highlights…took a total of 3 minutes.  I also painted the metal…in this case copper rings on his arms and neck…using my usual highlight and sepia wash and he was done.  Obviously he still needs a shield but I haven’t found the right ones yet… :?

So…overall I will be quite happy to use this technique on certain troop types.  For now it will be restricted to my 4th edition Orcs and possibly my Marauder Beastmen (I’ll try the walnut on them again…might be a better fit)…but if I can get them on the table fairly quickly I will be more than happy with this experiment and the paltry sum I laid out to conduct it.  I won’t be using this on units that are closer to my heart…like all of my dwarfs etc.  Those I will continue to paint in the normal fashion…which produces much better results overall…but does take a considerable bit longer to complete to satisfaction.

As an after note I was a little concerned that if in the future I wanted to re-paint these in a more traditional fashion that the dip would make it hard to strip the paint off.  This proved to be a non-issue…I put the first orc with the brown stain in my normal Simple Green bath and it cleaned up very nicely.

So…thats my experiment…for what its worth!




I’ve had good experiences and bad experiences with dip, I used the army painter quick shader, I think it all depends on what color scheme and models you are dipping for instance high elves, not so good. But it looks like the savage orcs turned out awesome


The dip is not for a painter the likes of you, Blue. It behooves thee! Hazzat!

Blue in VT:

Hahaha…thanks!  But…desperate times demand desperate measures.  I have so much painting to do its insane…I’m the guy with all the armies in my area…I have a group to game with but I supply both sides of all battles…I typically GM.  So we’ve been having a lot of Unpainted figures on the table and its just annoying me…so if this able to crank hru a couple of units in the time it typically takes me to do a couple of figures…well I had to at least try it.

Besides I can always repaint them later when all my other figures are done…:slight_smile: hahahaha…

Right! Like that’s going to happen…



The dip is not for a painter the likes of you, Blue. It behooves thee! Hazzat!

But some people manage to get insanely good results! Like Mr.Saturdays on his Fimirs!

And Blue, that Orc is definitely not up to your standards. But if it is helping you to play a couple of games well, dipping FTW:)!

Kera foehunter:

Here have you tried this Blue

if your looking for icky brown stuff to add to your models

Blue in VT:

:frowning: et tu Kera?




It could be used on troopers when u have 30+ in a unit. Would not have used it on char or single models, not even on the front rank on units. But Blue, u paint to god to even consider it:)


I think you have doomed my poor orcs to being subjected to some of the old wood stains I have in the shed.

Well I’ll keep it in mind for one day sometime at least.