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I understand your point. I use matt acrylic varnish so after I apply it I most of time do not intend sanding it down. This is final finish. As you said I am looking at artisan slash historical model type. That might be a difference in our intentions. I do not fixate myself on trying to make a model an exact scaled representation of real ship. I believe it is not possible anyways and makes a model looking dull in the process.

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I am an artist who works on canvas with oils... you may be suprised to know that a base coat of acrylic white as a base coat actually helps the colors applied over it to be crisp and true and not dulled by the material it is painted upon.


Alternatively if you want to try different shades of say yellow, you can try painting another color as a base layer and then see how a coat of yellow over the top responds to that once the base coat is dry.


Building up thin coats will give you a deeper, richer finished color. Acylics are thinned with water... oils thinned with spirits.


I prefer working in oils as the colors are simply alot more vibrant and rich in my opinion.


I'm planning on trying stains on my HMS Victory build, using yellow ochre  over a limed wood and japanese black over natural wood. Just waiting for my kit to arrive so it will be a while before I reach the painting / staining stage :)

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