Author Topic: Matte, satin or gloss?  (Read 1119 times)

Offline Inquisitor Thaken

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Matte, satin or gloss?
« on: June 18, 2010, 12:16:01 AM »
"Matte is better, it's, SOOOOOO much more realistic!"

That is an aesthetic judgment call, and is a matter of personal preference.  Tastes change.  Is DaVinci or Van Gough a better painter?  Depends on who you are.

Anyway, I like a satin finish.  It has a nice "toy soldiery" look to me.  Gloss is too flashy, but matte is just... blah.

Anyway, it's all good.  I am sure that matte will have overwhelming support, but I am also sure that there are a few glossaholics out there.

Offline Myriad

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Re: Matte, satin or gloss?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2010, 12:23:17 AM »
It does depend on the model. The knarloc below,



for example, looked better for a coat of clear varnish.
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Offline Inquisitor Thaken

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Re: Matte, satin or gloss?
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2010, 12:48:13 AM »
It does depend on the model. The knarloc below, <SNIP>

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Offline Ynek

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Re: Matte, satin or gloss?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2010, 01:09:19 AM »
It very much depends on the model, and the component that you are painting.

For instance, metallic parts always look best with a gloss coat, since the high specularity of the gloss makes the metal look shiny. Human skin, however, always looks best with a coat of matte varnish, since shiny skin just looks bad.

So, in short, it depends on what you're doing. Gloss varnish is always best reserved for things that you want to look shiny or wet....
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