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Manda's (Amachan) Experiments

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Greenstuff World Colour Shifting Paints & Varnish

Tutoring 6
Skill 3
Idea 5

I bought a set and 1 more bottle of the Greenstuff World colour shifting paints. I was curious how these paints were going to react to varnishes. So I got 4 gun bits from the Leman Russ Battle Tank from my bits box, I think these are the Eradicator Nova Cannons. I primed each half of the cannon with Vallejo Surface Primer Gloss Black (74.660). I chose 4 of the colour shift paints that I wanted to test and sprayed a half of a cannon in each colour.

  • Burning Gold
  • Psychotic Illusions
  • Toxic Purple
  • Martian Green

I then applied the first layer of varnish for my normal varnishing track. I used Vallejo Gloss Acrylic Varnish (28.517) for this.

Then for my second coat of varnish is Vallejo Polyurethane Matt Varnish (27.651).

Then as is normal for me I add a second coat of the same matt varnish as before. 1 coat just doesn’t always cover up the gloss as well as I want to.

Most of the colour shifting was gone unfortunately. So in order to fix that I used a bit of Vallejo Acrylic Polyurethane Gloss Varnish (62.064) by brush. I often do this to finish up models and add shine to places that I want to shine, like lenses, visors and the like. Do note that this is a different gloss varnish than that I used before.

I’m happy to see that that has return the colour shifting effect to the paint and thus this will be my go for varnishing layers for the colour shift paints from Greenstuff World.

*All paints and varnishes were applied by airbrush unless stated otherwise and I left each layer of paint or varnish to cure for at least 24 hours before applying the next.

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Very useful this is as I was after something that showed how Psychotic Illusions really comes out. It’s a colour I had put on the short list for a large army project.


Nice to see these in use to give a feel for what they look like for real. I do feel that this would be the perfect time to use your Gifs though. The colour changes given the angle you are looking at so a moving sample would really show off what the paints can do.If you’re interested in Colour Shift paints, Assetdrop sent me some from Turbo Dork ( recently. I’ve never heard of them before but it looks good. You might want to check them out. Perhaps they have different colour options.

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