Someone has blundered…

Disaster, if that’s not a gross hyperbole, has struck more than once at Suburban Militarism this week. Let me explain;

“Urghh. What a week…”

Firstly, I took a day off work and planned a Suburban Militarism Day Trip on the train to visit the Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum. My train was approaching the station bang on time when it suddenly stopped just short. Apparently an unfortunate incident on the train (a passenger being sadly taken ill) meant a long delay and it only rolled up to the platform when 25 mins late. All of which meant that I would now undoubtedly miss my connection to Stafford! I trudged home dejectedly…

“Where’s my train?”

My second disaster struck only last night. I had just finished my Life Guards horses and, feeling pretty pleased with them, I was ready to apply my trusty Daler Rowney matt varnish.

Unfortunately, my beloved Daler Rowney has sadly let me down! Instead of the crisp matt, I’ve now got a satin finish; gloss even. Worse; it seems to have made them appear darker. The fine shading details are totally lost and the shiny horses look terrible! I’m at a loss to explain why my varnish has so suddenly ‘gone bad’, but even a second coat after much more stirring has done nothing but made it worse. I’m not sure it will be retrievable even with a fresh pot of varnish. Needless to say, after all the hard work – (and these Revell Life Guards really were hard work) – I’m gutted.

“Arrrgh! Noooo…my Varnish!”

What makes a trusted varnish go bad? Age? Answers on a postcard, please. Or even in the comments section of this blog. I’ll have another go when a fresh pot of varnish arrives through the mail and I will post the results; good or bad…

Ho hum. On a brighter note at least, I’ve at least been finishing off some more of my Quiberon Expedition figures; specifically, the Royal Louis Regiment. Pictures to follow (varnishing dramas aside).

Royal Louis
Lymington Museum depiction of the Royal Louis Regt.


In Praise of Daler-Rowney!

Okay, so a short post about varnish doesn’t exactly sound exciting, but hey, for me this is great news! You see, previously, I’d always used Vallejo’s matt varnish which seemed to work well enough. However, my latest bottles seemed to increasingly be a little bit ‘glossy’ despite every attempt to stir and shake the bottle, etc. Probing the web for answers, it seemed I’m not the only one with this problem! Eventually, I found someone who suggested using “Daler-Rowney’s Soluble Matt Varnish”.

It was a litte more expensive to buy than my usual bottle, but mostly because there is more in the bottle. Aghast at my currently too glossy figures, I took this gentleman’s advice and bought a bottle.

And it works wonders! I’d like to shake that said gentleman by the hand (if only I could find his post again…) because the benefits are huge. Firstly, when it says “matt” on the bottle, it really means it. There’s not the feintest shine anywhere to be seen. Secondly, the colours and shading, previously hidden by the shine, seem to have come alive. The paint on the figures seems to be so much clearer and brighter. Consequently, I’m not only varnishing new figures with it, but revisiting many of my glossier older ones too!

Note: This post was NOT brought to you by Daler-Rowney, but simply by a happy customer!

Pictures of new (Daler-Rowney varnished) figures to follow soon…