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AK Interactive

Metallics Volume 2 Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2016 Title Metallics Volume 2
Author Multiple Publisher AK Interactive
Published 2016 ISBN N/A
Format 88 pages, softbound MSRP (Euro) 9,95€


AK Interactive produces a 'Learning Series' of titles to show the modeler how to achieve different effects using various hobby products, especially with their growing selection of paints, washes, pigments, etc. In Metallics Volume 1, we looked at the different options for metallizers and how to apply them. In Volume 2, the authors provide more details and more diversity in the use and application of metallic colors and even how to achieve metallic appearances without metallic paints.

In the Techniques section, the authors provide useful insights into primers, base coats, highlights, shading, and effects, all of the same techniques you'd use with normal colors on figures, these approaches are equally valid with metallics. In the end, the variety of techniques provided will make perfect sense and will add fidelity to your next projects.

Among the examples used in this title are classic metallic science fiction subjects including C3P0, Terminator T-800, Cylon Centurion, Cylon Raider, and more. As before, the authors avoid the temptation to highlight exclusively AK Interactive products, instead covering a wide range of products including Tamiya, Gunze (GSI), Alclad II, Vallejo, and of course AKI.

This companion volume will expand your options and possibilities using commonly available products from your favorite hobby retailer. Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to AK Interactive for this review copy!