How annoying is it to have that sheen on your miniatures after you've spent all that time blending your colours and delicately highlighting them? The obvious solution would be to use a matte spray, but as Games Workshop's Purity Seal spray is not available in Australia, finding an alternate can be trial and error. From Testors Dullcote to the Tamiya range and beyond I think I've tried them all over the years.
The Army Painter's Anti-Shine Matt Varnish was one easy to find, if a little expensive, alternative so I grabbed a can - and it's crap!
The Army Painter have been on the scene now for quite some time so you would think it would be okay, but having read around the net I'm not the only one who has had the Anti-Shine Matt Varnish leave a powdery white residue on the model! Now I'm not in a cold climate and being experienced I applied two thin coats - but this Tau model looks like it's been running through a Colombian blow factory. Not only is it powdery, there is now a surface added to the panels!
It's not just on the paint either - look at the plastic base!
Now I will wear the fact that I tried this product not on a test model and on one I like - that's my problem - but seriously to have this kind of effect having followed the instructions to a tee is not good at all.
It's not hot, it's not cold and it's not windy here - what it seems to be is a poor product. I know there are people who rap it, but one bad can and you too will fall into line behind others with this result.
So be warned, this is obviously not a good or consistent product, so if you have an alternative - take it!
Shiny models are better than your models looking like Santa's little helper...