Do You Really Need to Protect Gaming Minis with Varnish?

As a long-time tabletop gamer and miniature painter, I have a confession to make. I rarely do a final protective varnish coat on my miniatures. I’m not sure why, but I don’t. Lazy, I guess. I don’t ever transport my minis, I’m careful with them during gameplay, and sadly, I don’t get to play enough games to subject my armies to a lot of abuse.

In this video, Brent of Goobertown Hobbies, sets up a series of experiments to test out whether varnish really does make a difference in protecting minis from the use and abuse of the tabletop.

TL;DR: Varnish really does help protect your minis (no great surprise there). But, he also found evidence to suggest that airbrushed paint might be more durable than rattle can paint. He plans more experiments.


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