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I'm a bit of a born-again wargamer! I played many of the Games Workshop games when I was in my teens and early twenties, but left the hobby behind when I went to University. Over the last few years I have gradually got back into it and am literally having a ball! I'll play pretty much anything now, ranging from ancient historical to the far future! I think that I get more out of the painting side of things than actually playing, but that might just be because I get more opportunity. Hence the title...this blog is all about the colour of war!!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Gesso what!

As the weather steadily worsens into full blown winter I'm finding that there are fewer opportunities for getting outside and spray priming figures. And there's nothing worse than having time to paint but nothing primed. So I thought I'd give this stuff a go:

I'd read good things about Gesso on TMP and the tub you see above was only £5.99, so no big loss if it didn't work. However, I can say that I'm pretty happy with the result. The undercoat is pretty tough (you can handle the figure without worrying about exposing metal) and provides a really good key for the paint. It is quite thick, though, so you may want to take care with finely detailed figures. I haven't tried thinning it yet, so can't advise if that's an option. And needless to say, the amount I got will cover a lot of figures, so it's cheaper than spray paint, too. It's available in black or white, so if anyone finds themselves in the same priming predicament then I can recommend giving Gesso a go!
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