(I brush it on..)
Army Painter Dip, it works, it's great, the look is awesome... and I could've gotten the same look with the above for 1/4th the cost. It is the same stuff. I plan on testing it out on wood, I have three different colors of Polyshades on hand to test it out.
I recommend the "Dip Method" for anyone doing Tyranids. The look is great for this Army! It's natural tones and realistic smooth transition of shading and high gloss shine. In my opinion it just looks awesome, and it's soooo freakin fast!
I'm not sure this would look good on much anything else that doesn't have a "natural" earthy color, or alien. For example I just don't imagine it would look good on Ultramarines, but maybe some Imperial Fists (natural Foundation yellow), or Blood Angels (natural Foundation red). They would come out glossy, and you'd have to spray a matte finish on them.. and I think for power armor, etc you can get a great look with just acrylics.
Don't spend $20 or whatever on Army Painter dip, goto Walmart or a local hardware store and pick up the Polyshades by minwax. Be sure to get a color for the look you want, the above Maple is about the same color as what I'm using, there are lighter and darker colors and the same size can as Army Painter runs anywhere from $4-$8 depending where you by it. did i mention.. i use a brush ;-)
He's not finished, but believe this is the overall scheme I will settle on. Red base, but dirty and ragged, I don't like bright and pretty orks. These guys are going to war, not a drag show. Think I'll do the straps in Scrotched Brown, and if I have time highlight the metal bitz with chainmail.
I highlighted areas of his face with Scorpion Green, and I like the effect, but I'm not good blending greens, so if it's over the top let me know.
So it's getting a little hectic. I'm trying to stay ahead of the curve, so that means any spare time between paint drying is spent on sprues. Remarkably it's not work! I'm actually having a blast, and I haven't spent any "more" time than normal, just more efficient... with my time. Not my organization...
My Table Top...
|not much room...|
Underneath my Table...
|..uhm where do i put my feet.|
As you can see I need to get a bit organized. Fun aspect, is going through some of the boxes is a walk down memory lane... I played Epic and Necromunda back in the day, and was always interested in 40k. This during 2nd Edition. Peeps would always offer various figs, bits, bases, you name it.. to encourage me to play. I never tossed anything in the garbage, none of it. Which is strange, as I typically don't hesitate to toss anything I don't use or need.
Just cool to open a box with all this old stuff I have looked through in ages... Some of it is just "Oh yea! When I was gonna play Orks I bought Stormboyz!" I remember how much cooler they looked over the 2nd Edition Nazi Orks. Had to have em'. Oh well I'm playing now, better late than never.