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Fluor Pigment

Fluorescent pigments, or simply fluor pigments, are a type of pigment that absorbs light at one wavelength and emit light at a longer wavelength, resulting in bright, vibrant colors that appear to glow or fluoresce. These are often used in a variety of applications, such as inks, plastics, fluor paints, and textiles, to create eye-catching colors that stand out.

The fluorescent properties of these are due to the presence of special molecules called "fluorophores," which are capable of absorbing and emitting light at specific wavelengths. They can be made from a variety of materials, including organic dyes, inorganic compounds, and even biological materials such as proteins and DNA.

One of the unique features is their ability to appear differently under different types of light sources. For example, a fluorescent color may appear much brighter under ultraviolet (UV) light than it does under visible light. This property has led to their use of them in security applications, where they can be used to create hidden markings or unique identifiers that are only visible under specific lighting conditions.

Overall, these are a popular choice for adding color and vibrancy to a wide range of products, and they continue to be an area of active research and development in the field of materials science.

How to fix fluor pigments to miniatures

Fluorescent pigments can be used to create eye-catching details and effects on miniatures, but they can be more difficult to work with than traditional paints. Here are some general steps to help fix them to miniatures:

  1. Clean the surface: Before applying any paint, it's important to ensure that the miniature is clean and free of any debris or oils. This can be done by gently washing the miniature with soap and water and allowing it to dry completely.
  2. Prime the surface: Once the miniature is clean and dry, it's a good idea to apply a primer to help the paint adhere to the surface. There are many types of primers available, but for these colors with such color strength, it's recommended to use a white or light-colored primer to help the colors appear more vibrant.
  3. Paint the model: just paint the model with the basic colors. Fluor pigments will help to stand out and to achieve amazing effects and finish, they are nothing on their own.
  4. Apply them to the miniature: They can be applied directly in the powder version, or mixed with Master Medium or Pigment Fixer, depending on the desired effect. They do not have any sort of fixation ability on their own,  so depending on the level of fixation using them mixed with a medium to help them to fix could be really important. Multiple layers may be necessary to achieve the desired level of brightness.
  5. Seal them: Once the paint has dried completely if they were applied in powder version, it's important to seal it with a Pigment fixer, acrylic thinner, clear varnish, or any other sealer to protect it from chipping or fading over time. This can be done with a paintbrush or spray-on product.
  6. Store the miniature: Finally, it's important to store the miniature in a dry, cool location to prevent the paint from getting dirt and dust that could dull the colors over time.

Overall, fixing fluorescent pigments to miniatures requires patience and attention to detail, but the end result can be a vibrant and eye-catching addition to your collection.

Light effects with fluor pigments

Fluorescent pigments can be used to create a wide variety of light effects on miniatures. Here are some techniques to create different light effects with them:

  • OSL (Object Source Lighting): This technique involves painting the miniature as if it is being lit from a nearby object or source. For example, if you want to create a glow around a weapon, you can use them to paint the area around the weapon to give the appearance of a bright light source nearby.
  • Glowing eyes: They can also be used to create glowing eyes on miniatures, which can add a spooky or otherworldly effect. To achieve this, you can paint the eyes with a fluorescent pigment and then shade around the eyes with a darker color to create contrast.
  • Energy weapons: Fluorescent pigments are perfect for creating the bright, otherworldly effect of energy weapons. To achieve this effect, you can paint the weapon with a fluorescent pigment and then add shading and highlights with a contrasting color to give the impression of energy flowing through the weapon.
  • Magic effects: They can also be used to create the effect of magic spells or effects. For example, you can use a fluorescent pigment to paint the area around a wizard's wand to give the impression of a powerful spell being cast.

Overall, fluorescent pigments are a versatile tool for creating light effects on miniatures. By experimenting with different techniques and colors.