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Earlier in the week I spoke about chasing the elusive Krylon dragon, for that special paint high.

Today I popped the BUIS on the upper and took some more unfiltered pics. I like the way the paint job has turned out and I’m not entirely sure I’ll bother with a pattern. To be decided.

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Interestingly, using a light dusting of paint has made the result look darker than the paint per se – because the underlying black of the upper shows through in some places.

I’ve got a second can of Humbrol Dark Brown 29 on the way so I can paint the lower; and thanks once again to Jim from Gray Fox for recommending it. I’m really pleased with the result. I’ve just got to make sure I don’t overdo the paint on the lower, to retain the same light and shade.

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Anyway, after spending much of the late afternoon and early evening experimenting with mesh, templates and different brands and colours of paint, I’m sort of thinking Humbrol > Krylon.

Humbrol seems more refined and controllable, in the application I’ve chosen it for – dusting. Krylon is more of a blunt instrument. The Krylon nozzle seems to dump out huge quantities of paint at the slightest touch. Also, if you spray a bit too much Krylon in one spot, the finish dries a bit glossy (or, at best, satin). This seems bizarre for an ‘ultra flat’ paint. Humbrol stays matt regardless.

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Now, this may mean Humbrol is less hard wearing, but I don’t want hard wearing. I want hard use to show.

This has also made me reticent to use Krylon for a pattern – should I decide to go that way as originally planned. So, I’ve ordered a can of Humbrol Desert Tan 237 to experiment with. Luckily this stuff is less than £6 a pop, delivered.

Back to leaving the blaster one colour and a couple of months back, Stu from Project PTW pointed out this build to me and it stuck in my memory:

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It was featured on German Gunworks’ Facebook page and I think it demonstrates how less can be more, in terms of paintwork.

Decisions, decisions.