|I got one of these|
Azeal asked in yesterday's comments about Gesso and my use of it. Funny Story.
There is a lot of talk on the interwebs about using Gesso to prime a miniature, both in the "inexpensive alternative" and "superior surface" camps. I bought this tub of Gesso when I was in Oxford Art Supplies in Sydney, buying corrugated paper. I was very sad to see the shop was closing, as it was my go-to art supply shop when I was in Art school and I'd been visiting it for years. They stocked 'proper' art supplies, not just brushes and pretties.
So this was on special, and I figured why not? I used it to prime my Crusty Walkers and a few other things. Here is my list of pros and cons.
- It shrinks when drying so usually isn't too rough on the detail if you're careful
- Gives a nice toothy finish
- Is comparatively cheaper than model paint
- You have to mix it with a bit of water to get it to flow, as it's very goopy
- It takes quite a long time to dry naturally
- You're still brushing it on
In another shocking twist, I don't even use the spray can for minis usually. As I tend to paint in groups of 5 or less, I generally find brushing on chaos black as a primer is actually easier and faster than spraying, plus you don't miss any spots. I usually end up going back in with a brush on spray undercoated 15's anyway so why bother.
Also, there are a lot of figures I don't use black undercoat on. Shock! Yes, if a figure is going to be mainly one bright or light color, I just used (until recently) citadel foundation paints straight onto the metal in two thin coats. The Crusty infantry were done this way, relying on washes to bring out the detail.
The bottom line: Gesso- It's OK I guess.