While it may seem hard to believe, I just recently purchased my very first pot of GW Boltgun Metal paint the other day. Like painting my first Ultramarine model, I feel as though I've completed some rite of passage in finally buying this.
I use a good amount of metallics in my work. I guess the rest of you do too so it's really not that odd. Since I do very little NMM work, it's the only other option I can think of. And to be honest, I prefer the look of metallic paint over the NMM effect on models.
Up until now, I've used an off brand that is very close to this. The only real difference being that the stuff I've been using to date is much more cool than Boltgun Metal which has a very warm look.
I do like how this stuff goes on though, nice and smooth. That's one of the first things I noticed over my current brand of paint. The smoothness and consistency. I guess I just figured all metallic paints were like that (problematic) and it was just something I had to deal with.
I think I may have used it twice since picking it up. There just never seems to be anything I can paint with it.
On the rare occasion I'll find a widget or something small on a model and think to myself, "That would look cool painted up in a bronze like color."
But other than that, all it does is collect dust on my shelf. It's not like black that never sits still long enough to collect any dust.
Maybe with my new Boltgun Metal, I'll find using metallic colors isn't so problematic. Maybe I'll even start looking for things to paint with my Tin Bitz.
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