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Blackened Bronze
Blackened Bronze Molten Metal
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Blackened Bronze, item DM191 from Darkstar Miniatures is a color in a new range of acrylic metallic paints - Molten Metals. Molten Metals are formulated to dry permanent while remaining glossy and bright with no need for gloss clear coat. They are also designed to accept polishing to improve the sheen.

Darkstar Miniatures is a UK company that also makes 54mm and 75mm figures and busts in two series, Historical Figures and Fantasy Range. They also make Reaper paints and Darkstar pigments, ink washes, and now Molten Metals.

Molten Metals Blackened Bronze
Airbrushes.com carries Molten Metals and kindly sent Blackened Bronze for review.

These paints are packaged in soft 17ml squeeze bottles. The bottles are a nice design with a clean but sullen appearance, not surprising considering the modeling genre of Darkstar's clientele.

The paint has fine pigments in a medium the consistency that reminds me of Vallejo, or white glue for those who haven't used that brand. That makes it easy to control how much one squeezes out.

I applied the color directly from the bottle to a resin figure of Bismarck (by Armor 35 ) and an old GI ( Tamiya). Both figures were "primed" with previous Molten Metal colors and neither were cleaned prior to applying Blackened Bronze. (I like to demonstrate paints based on "rookie mistakes.") I airbrushed the color chip. Let's see how they worked.

Hand Brushing

Brushing accomplished about 95% one-stroke-coverage.


Darkstar Miniatures states that for airbrushing the paint need only be thinned water-to-paint at 1 to 10. (Water only.) That ratio did not work well through my Aztec black nozzle, even when I upped the pressure to 25psi. I cut the paint to 1-to-4. The paint sprayed great. Cleaning was good with just water, and complete with an airbrush cleaner.

Darkstar Miniatures claims this paint can be polished to a higher sheen after curing for 24 hours; polishing worked in previous reviews.

These paints are excellent for any modeling category and genre - military ordnance, Steampunk, railroad, antiquity, classic figures. Anything that needs a raw metallic. Molten Metals is an excellent product for modelers hunting for that perfect acrylic paint. Stored in neat bottles, the paint has a good consistency.

Molten Metals covers as well (95%) with the first pass as other mainstream acrylic paints I have used. Airbrushing also performed highly satisfactorily, even though it required much more thinning than Darkstar instructions.

There has been a dearth of quality metallic acrylic colors for too long and I praise Darkstar for bringing us this fine line. Highly recommended.

Please remember to tell vendors and retailers that you saw Molten Metals here - on KitMaker Network.
Highs: One-pass coverage by brush is excellent. Airbrushing also performed highly satisfactorily.
Verdict: Excellent metallic acrylic paint. Molten Metals is another straight sharp arrow in the quiver of modelers hunting for that perfect acrylic paint.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 191
  PUBLISHED: Jan 30, 2017

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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Sounds like a must try. Thanks for making the review.
JAN 30, 2017 - 04:03 PM

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