The Magic Wash

Went to Menards (a local DIY/home improvement store) to pick up some things for various household tasks.   While there I also picked up a few gaming-related items, as I sometimes do.  Got a cheap 10 foot tape measure for about $3.50 (the big Stanley’s are overkill for miniatures gaming, and the mini tapes are too hard to see sometimes).  I also picked up a bottle of Loc-Tite Super Glue (the thick gel stuff).  This stuff works as well as any specialist hobby super glues I’ve found, and is usually a little cheaper.  Finally, I picked up a bottle of acrylic floor wax for use in making ‘magic wash.’

The floor wax of choice here in the states used to be called “Future” but has recently been repackaged as “Pledge with Future Shine.”  It’s the same stuff, just rebranded and in new packaging.   The basic idea of the magic wash is to make a generic wash with the floor wax and some distilled water.  Favored ratios are somewhere between 1:1 and 1:4 Future to Water.   Many modelers make a huge batch of that basic mix that they then use in small portions when painting. 

When using the mix, they use a small amount of the mix (say enough to fill your average Citadel paint pot or so) with a few drops of paint mixed in.   Once thoroughly mixed, the stuff gets painted on to your figures, and the pigment in the mix gets sucked into the cracks & crevasses as it dried, giving you instant and pain-free shading.  I plan on using this wash with some dark brown paint to add some definintion to my AB French and to clean things up a bit.  

For more info on this technique, you can google “Magic Wash Future” or check this link out.

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