Playing with two new toys – Wargames Factory Celts and WoodSheen by Minwax and I’m slowly warming to both.
The Celts are plastic 28mm figures for historical wargamming. The figures are cleanly cast, without significant mold lines. Assembly is a bit of a chore – the models are intened to be dynamic, which makes it a bit hard to sort out what angle an arm belongs at or where to hang a shield. Sculpting is adaquate – hair stands out as the one area that needs improvement. The figures are true to human scale, which means they fit with with GW’s Empire humans but are dwarfed by Chaos Maurauders.
Celts are played in a hoard – my tentative 1K WAB list has about 90 warriors. There is no way I’m painting that many figures by next Adepticon. The solution is dip. I chose WoodSheen: Rose Wood as an alternitive to the standard stain products as it advertises a 2 hour dry time. I applied the dip by brush and with 24 hours of dry time, the figures were slightly tacky (which is still better than the huge stink and 2-3 day dry time of stain). After two layers of matt spray sealer the figures were presentable. The biggest adjustment in using this product will be the choice of base colors. All subtle shades are lost under the dip, I’ll need to add more whole colors such as grey and white to my color scheme.
This figures need a bit of touch up on facial details and the shields need to be fixed. But other than that, any other advice? I’m thinking the dip is too heavy on the skin tones & that I might want to try a better brand of matt sealer to completely kill the shine.