Flory Washes on Battlegroup Helios ships

Want to know the best paint you’ve never heard of?
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If anyone remembers painting up a Battlefleet Gothic ship they should remember exactly how easy it was to get one looking nice. You just painted it a base colour (or used a spray), washed a darker colour over it without needing a medium (this was before Badab Black and the rest of the super washes) and then drybrushed away. The only hard bits were picking out the engines, gun barrels and prow for some ships.
Well BFG is long gone and paints have moved on so let’s see how Flory Washes handle a similar ship.
What are Flory Washes you say? They are the best paint you’ve never heard of.
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A Flory Wash is a clay based paint, the effect of which can be best described as being like throwing your basecoated model into a puddle of muddy water and then wiping it down to reveal a fully shaded model. They are used by professional modellers, the kind of which will be painting a foot long Tiger tank or a US Destroyer that takes up their spare room, have a look here for a good example.
If you don’t believe me have a look at them being used on YouTube here.
A better picture of the effect can be seen on this site.
I’ve been testing it out of a variety of sources lately and wanted to show the effects on my Battlegroup Helios ships.
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Steps:
  • Army Painter Purple spray
  • Gloss varnish spray
  • Flory Wash black applied with a large brush
  • Scrubbing with wet paper and some q tips
  • Matt varnish spray
  • Genestealer Purple – first stage drybrush
  • Lucius Lilac – second stage drybrush
  • Clean up any spots with heavily watered down Xereus Purple
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FYI, the front is Retribution Armour with Liberation Gold and Runefang Steel highlights with a glaze of Druchii Violet to bring it together. The chapel is Moot Green with layers of Coelia Greenshade around the side to shade it and a final line of Nuln Oil at the bottom. The prow is multiple backbreaking layers of White Scar with a thin line of Seraphim Sepia at the sides.
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