First off, as a retired Vet of 26 Years, 11 Months and 15 days, I want to thank every service man & woman currently serving for their sacrifice and dedication. I want to honor all those honorably discharged veterans and thank them as well. And I want to honor all those who fell in service to their country. All gave some, some gave all!
Now, on to our show....
I made three test sticks of models, mostly Necrons, but some trees from the citadel wood kit as well. The three contenders are;
- GW Purity Seal
- Army Painter "Anti-Shine"
- Krylon Matte Finish
I'll cover each in turn;
Krylon Matte Finish
The cheapest of the three, by FAR! It is also available everywhere. The only issue I had with it was that it left the citadel Trees a little too glossy for my taste. The Necron models looked good, however. The big difference here was that the trees had been liberally painted with Army Painter Quickshade Dark varnish. That left them VERY shiny, so the Krylon had the hardest road to follow. Still, even after I hit the models with the Krylon, I had to hit them again with the GW Purity Seal.
The Army Painter Anti-ShineThe middle rung of the cost ladder goes to Army Painter's Anti-Shine. This turned out to be a nice product, and I think it was even matte-ier than the Krylon by a long shot. It was dry to the touch the fastest as well. Still, I did notice a tiny bit of shine here and there under the direct light. The results are still pretty darned good though.
Games Workshop's Purity SealAnd most expensive on the list (go figger) is the Purity Seal from GW. The can I have is the Purity Seal, I think they have switched now to the Matte Finish spray can, I'm not sure. I have been told it's the same stuff in a differently labeled can for some copy-right reason. Anyhow, it seemed to give the matte-est finish of the three, but the difference between the AP Anti-Shine and this is really small. Is the extra $6.00 a can worth it? I'm not really sure. It did do the best job of tonig down the metallics for the dull metal look I like for these guys.
For me, I think I will use up all three of these and then go with the Krylon. It just didn't seem far enough away in the results to warrant not using it... The effect on the trees was aberrant because they started out with a very high gloss. The Krylon did a good job on the two Necrons on that paint stick, so it gets my vote!
See ya guys, and Happy Veterans Day!!