Secret Weapon Miniatures has a new line of washes. Well priced at $2.99 for a 20ml bottle, I picked up four bottles for a test run. Ideally, I would hope to find an inexpensive replacement for Delvan Mud by GW, but I would be satisfied with a product that could “dip” without the caustic side effects of wood stain.
The four washes purchased are:
- Armour Wash – best candidate for the “dip”
- Dark Sepia – possible flesh wash
- Baby Poop – who can turn down a product with a name like that!
- Stone – a soft color for terrain work
The test case is a unit of Romans. The figures start with a simple base coat & each had a liberal amount of wash applied by brush.
- Devlan Mud – smooth as silk. The gold standard for washes.
- Armour Wash – heavy black lines created. Pools left a hard edge after drying. The shield shows off the large grain of the wash.
- Dark Sepia – The heavy brown does a good job of a medium weight wash.
- Sepia/Armour mix: a 50/50 mix. The result is still mostly black, I may try such a mix again at 1 part armour wash and 2 (or 3) parts Sepia.
- Baby Poop: the green color of the wash really shows on the shield. Not what I’m looking for, but a good option for a green/yellow shades.
- Stone: a very mild color. Needs to be based on whites.
The washes tend to separate in the bottle & require a vigorous shaking before use. None of these washes will challenge Devlan Mud as the champion of washes, but the Secret Weapon products will provide a better option to stains for volume army painting.