AMMO by Mig Jimenez- Dio Drybrush Paints
From the AMMO website:
AMMO has designed a new paint formula specifically for drybrushing with the ideal density and specific characteristics that make it the best type of paint for this technique. The new DIO DRY BRUSH is the perfect solution for all those modellers who love this iconic technique, arguably one of the simplest and most effective weathering techniques. Simply use a brush of any size, load it with paint, dry it to the touch by rubbing it on a piece of paper towel or a cloth to remove the excess, and then apply it by gently rubbing onto the details of your model to create a smooth, uniform texture.
DIO DRY BRUSH colour line consists of a range of lighter tones in order to impart a worn look on your models, as well as darker shades including metallic, rust, and chipping tones to create a range of dynamic effects.
DIO DRY BRUSH jars have a very wide mouth to facilitate the introduction of all brush types and contains colour for many projects. In addition, the paint is water-based and easy to clean, non-toxic and odourless. These colours dry very quickly to the touch in a few minutes and are not affected by enamel and oil washes.
The application method is very simple and is comprised of only three easy steps:
Dab the brush directly into the jar and load with a moderate amount of paint.
Remove the excess paint onto an absorbent surface.
Gently rub the brush over the surface details of the model to highlight them and enhance the volume.
A Closer Look
This is the first of two reviews from our Crew on these new lines of paints. In this case, I sampled some of their metal paints- AMIG0621 (Light Metal) and AMIG0622 (Gun Metal). The paints come in 40mL wide mouth plastic jars (similar to their enamel wash jars). The paint has a thicker consistency-- which reminds me of the Vallejo Model Color or Citadel paints or even those craft paints you would find in your local craft store. I will say though that the price isn't too bad for what you get inside and the metallic sheen is better than what I have seen with those craft paints.
These are really easy to use and clean up is just with some warm tap water. I used them on the recent Hobby Boss Africa Corps figures I reviewed. As can be seen here- the light metal works like a charm on the badge and belt buckle of this soldier-
For the Gun Metal paints, I wanted to do a comparison. My go-to for adding that sheen to guns and metal objects has been AK Interactive's Dark Steel pigment...so I used it to compare the effects of these new Drybrush paints. In all of the following photos of the rifles, MP 40s, MG 42s, and gas mask canisters- the AK pigment is on the left and the Drybrush paint is on the right...
Kar 98 rifle
Gas mask canisters
I think, for my tastes, I may have found a new replacement for recreating that sheen on my arms for modeling. I like the more pronounced look and the ease of use makes these a solid choice. If you are used to using the craft paints or jars you have on your shelves, I wouldn't suggest running out to replace them here if you're happy. However, if you are in search of something new or are just starting out, these aren't a bad place to start. There is plenty of paint to use here and even with brushing most off on a paper towel, the paint is thick enough that you can still use some of the paint wiped off initially as a source, saving what's in the jar for another time. They are non-toxic and easy to clean up, so if you have pets or little ones hovering around your build area, these are safe and non-irritating. Another great addition to my modeler's tool box from the folks at AMMO.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced dry-brushers.
Thanks goes out to AMMO by Mig Jimenez for these review samples.
Reviewed by Michael Reeves
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