Incredible Masking Putty

By Polar_Bear
In Modelling
Mar 25th, 2014

PK-Pro has released their new Incredible Masking Putty over in their webshop.


From the release:

PK-PRO Incredible Masking Putty is a simple and intelligent masking material, wich can be easily used for masking your Models before brushing with Airbrush. It is a dilatant Silicon Putty. It changes its behaviour depending on the force applied. With low force you can easily shape it. A ball made of Masking Putty would bounce like a rubber ball, it will splinter when hit with a hammer and breaks smooth when ripped apart. It does not stain, is free from grease and cannot dry out and is therefore an ideal tool to airbrush patterns on your models. It can be reused many times.

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  • grimbergen

    wow this sounds like magic, better than uru, virbranium and unobtanium.

  • blkdymnd

    You can also cut a tin can with it, and look! Flatten it out and it then becomes a sham to wash your car with, AMAZING! Call in five minutes and we’ll double your order. Operators are standing by..

  • Soulfinger

    What makes it better than your typical liquid frisket — aside from this one’s obvious potential for being shaped into a bouncy ball?

    • That there made me laugh.

      • blkdymnd

        I now firmly believe PB isn’t even there anymore πŸ˜›

        • Soulfinger

          Nah, posting the same reply is just a running gag between us, because my dad has Alzheimer’s.

          So, the press release for this stuff basically reads: Breaking news! Preexisting product released at an inflated price, packaged inside of a Civil War reenacting percussion cap canister. Oblivious gamers dance in the street Bowie/Jagger-style. Incredible Masking Putty is an intelligent masking material, much like the T2 from the Terminator franchise. It can be used with airbrushes when modelling — but more importantly, unlike paint brushes or gesso, it can be made into balls and smashed with hammers. It is also highly flammable, thereby satisfying the three basic gaming needs of bounce, bash, and burn. Best of all, it looks like the lake monster from Creepshow 2, which will freak the living sh*t out of people.

          • blkdymnd

            Is that Jagger/Bowie style the part where Bowie is horribly doing Egyptian arm dances behind Jagger like they’re actually Mick’s arms but everyone can clearly see Bowie behind him?

        • It could be said that I was “never all there to begin with.”

    • Well I for one am impressed pkPro’s Putty is intelligent, albeit a bit simple.

      • Soulfinger

        We’ll have to keep that one on file for comparison’s sake the next time there’s a nerd throw-down over some inconsequential miniature release.

  • DeusExMachina

    Just an other stolen Idea by pkPro.

    This stuff ist called silly putty, use by modellers around the world since years.

    you can find it on wikipedia and get it on amazone for the half.

    • Killraven

      This is indeed a very cool putty that has been available online for a chunk of years, but it is most definitely NOT silly putty.

  • 4tonmantis

    As far as I know Silly Putty doesn’t shatter when hit with a hammer..

    This stuff sounds like something that could co-star with Robin Williams in one of the worst movies of his career..

    • I know how fond you are of wikipedia –> “…but breaks when given a sharp blow” Just hit harder next time πŸ˜€ Pretend it’s restic.

  • Todosi

    4ton, Silly Putty will shatter with enough force. See here:

    • Soulfinger

      Looking at the size of that thing, I imagine what my life would have been like if I’d bought in Silly Putty instead of gaming miniatures.

  • 4tonmantis

    I stand corrected!

    That.. is crazy..

  • Valander

    But this not-Silly-Putty is black! Black makes it better, right? Just ask Spinal Tap.

  • artratz

    I don’t get you guys. I got this stuff a view days ago and it is amazing. Very usefull for masking your tanks and airplains. It is a brilliant idea!

    • Major_Gilbear

      @ artratz:

      It’s re-branded Silly Putty at three times the price though… So why not just use Silly Putty?

      • ApokalypseTest

        Well, SillyPutty isn’t as well known or ubiquitously available in Germany (PK Pro is a small side job hobby supplier here in Germany) as it is in the states. I certainly never heard of it before I spent a couple years there. (and yes, I don’t know how I had a childhood without the stuff). So, while in an US/english community that stuff may not be great news – here it actually is πŸ˜€

        • artratz

          Thats right @apokalypsetest. pk pro is a small company who is offering alternatives in tools and other stuff for our hobby. I talked to the owner a view minutes ago and toled him about the reactions here at TGN. He was wondering why his putty is such a bestseller in about 24 hours. He said the reaction of the people here was the best advertising he ever had.

          lol go on guys!

          • Soulfinger

            Keep in mind though that this is something children make at home from borax and white school glue. I’m not at all surprised that silly putty isn’t as well known in Germany as the USA (kind of like how you would understand when I say that I loved playing with Strax and listening to Trio as a kid, but I just get blank looks here). However, SP is a globally available product that was first introduced to Germany in 1961. It should be stocked wherever you can find a range of Crayola products. Here, it can be had at Aldi, so I know that German retailers are conscious of it.

            As the previous video shows, it can even be bought from Dow Corning as 3170 Dilatant Compound in 50-pound blocks. In the United States, we love it so much that our fast food restaurants use ingredients from that finely tuned commercial formula in our food. Then again, our country processes roadkill into lipstick and has guidelines for the acceptable number of maggot mouth hooks embedded in maraschino cherries. We aren’t picky.

          • 4tonmantis

            You’re forgetting paint stripper and/or ingredients from tires in ice cream.

  • mathieu

    It’s not the first time nor the last that an age-old trick that’s been used by modelers for decades suddenly becomes a hot seller when stuffed in a pretty box, branded, and stored on gaming stores shelves. E.g. washes (Citadel’s, but many other surfed in their wake), crushed glass snow effect, cork “rocks”,… Pk-Pro even sells ball bearing balls as “agitators”.

    This is catering to the lazy, and it seems that there’s no shortage of that among gamers.

    • 4tonmantis

      You’re dead right about that. I shake my head wondering what happened to the good old PVA glue and baking soda trick for snow.. instead everyone’s buying what looks like resin powder (ie lung cancer in a can). I love how people spend $5 for a tiny pot of a wash that they could easily make from a small dab of oil paint.. Or buying all of these in between shades of colors instead of just getting a fat tube of the 10 or so fundamentals and mixing whatever they want. There are certainly some neat tricks you can buy in a $15 basing kit (static grass kits with the needle thing to make them stand straight up)… but people forget they can do a lot of this themselves.

      From a GW standpoint, I think one of the reasons White Dwarf got so far from the hobby is because the $$ people realized that they were telling people how to make stuff that they could be selling instead.

      To PK-Pro’s credit, at least they sell a lot of the things you need to do it the old-school way as well as the lazy way.. so at least people have that choice. GW’s Hobby philosophy is to dumb people up enough that they have no clue how to do anything without something that has their brand slapped on a label.

      • Soulfinger

        At least with the baking soda, I can say that some of the snow effects really do look better. Plus, I’d read some disturbing testimonials that the baking soda will chance consistency with time and potentially screw up your hard work two or three years down the line. I’m just using whatever white fluff from China that I found on clearance for five cents at a craft store. Adequacy!

        It would be great to raise gamer awareness of the readily available versions of all of this simple stuff. Come to think of it, I could even start my own product range and package it up all fancy and . . . ahhh, that is how it begins.

        • Major_Gilbear

          If you use UV-resistant PVA glue, and add a small dab of white acrylic paint to the mix, the old baking soda snow is still perfect.

          Instead of baking soda, you can get coloured sand samples (white for snow, obviously) for free or for a few pennies from most home-deco type places. A typical sample size is usually enough to base rather a lot of models!

      • Major_Gilbear

        Some things, like mixing all your colours from a base set of ten, are actually wasteful enough that it’s not really worth doing – especially if you are looking for a uniform consistency across an army for example.

        However, I agree with all your other points. The main problem with WD is that they they have been increasingly forbidden from including any articles that could be independently monetised instead. Since that leaves no reason to buy the magazine, and GW don’t regard it as paying for itself by being a big advert that customers buy as long as you put a few hobby tidbits in it, I’m not surprised that sales fell through the floor.

        • 4tonmantis

          Yeah, I am not sure how the paint thing is wasteful.. I use squeeze tubes so I only mix up what I need… that can be stored on a wet palette for an extremely long time as long as it’s sealed up properly. If I’m doing a whole army I can mix up an empty containers worth.. since the base colors are in a tube, I just seal them back up and voila. I also keep Vallejo’s Thinner Medium on hand.. that stuff can restore dried out paint like flippin magic (seriously it’s beautiful)..

          You posted exactly what I was going to post about the Baking Soda trick πŸ˜› That colored sand thing is golden.. I hadn’t thought of that and it has the more crystaline appearance of snow.. have you tried mixing it with baking soda to get any different appearances or textures?

          • Major_Gilbear

            No, because I felt that the sand (being heavier than the baking soda) might not homogenise properly. You’d have to try it though to be sure.

            However, you can mix different colours and types of sands to get a good effect – maybe adding a bit of opalescent or slightly-blue sand to mostly white in order to get a more “twinkly” snow.

            As for paints…

            Quite a long argument that I’m not going to get into, but I will pass on an astute observation made by a truly gifted painter: try to avoid mixing more than two (three at most) colours together, as the more colours you mix, the muddier and more visually alike all your mixes become. In part, this is because the different pigments in paints mean that they don’t behave in a pure, theoretical manner. For example, try mixing a bright purple from red and blue, and you’ll see what I mean.

            So basically, buying more than a few basic colours is not always as silly as it seems. Of course, something like buying seven shades of red is pretty stupid though.

          • 4tonmantis

            That’s exactly why I keep 10 or so paints.. I don’t know how long you’ve been on TGN but I actually am an artist and do actual paintings and whatnot. I try to keep a few shades from each primary.. maybe one or two odd colors..

            I really don’t understand why some people act like color mixing is some crazy dark art that’s impossible to achieve. I’ve been doing it for paintings for a while and ..come on.. the guy at Wal-Mart’s paint center can do it..

    • ApokalypseTest

      To chime in: Packing in a nice box and putting it on a shelf works if a.) that age old trick never became that widely known (as in silly putty as mask apparently) or b.) if doing it yourself is actually more hassle than paying for the product (case in point with washes etc.).

      Yes, you COULD mix all paints yourself from a few basics. And yes, it actually is cheaper probably. But seriously, it takes time to do – but thats a small thing – more importantly it takes a LOT of time to learn an do all these things right. People that have been in the modeling hobby for decades start taking their experience as a given. Sure, if you have been working with oil paint based washes for a while, I can see why you argue no one needs the ones readymade. But I have been playing around with them for a while – and getting on average a result thats comparable to what those convenience products provide out of the box definitely took time.

      Having all shades I use as individual paints instead of mixing them is pure convenience – but its convenience that helps me either save time – which is more limited nowadays than money in the range it takes to buy more paints – or it helps to create consistent results.

      Obviously there is a market for these things – and thinking everyone buying them is stupid and gullible or just lazy is stupid by itself. For many people time is a resource thats a lot more limited than money. And those people tend to be neither lazy nor stupid – just busy.

      • 4tonmantis

        You’re talking about mixing paint like it’s voodoo or something.. that’s part of the problem with being able to buy whatever.. It takes me like 5 minutes to mix up my pallete and it’s really not that hard to color match once you understand color theory and color mixing. If you care about consistency in your colors then why wouldn’t you learn to do that?

        Another thing is, most people who can’t be bothered to mix their own paints couldn’t tell the difference between a crimson, vermillion, or maroon.. and you really think having 10 shades of red will help them? Especially after it gets hit with a wash and then highlighted with pure red and whatever else.

        A while back (2006ish) I did a squad of Imperial Guard.. some with scorpion green, some goblin green, some were a wash of Dark Angels Green, then I went back and highlighted them all lwith whatever the really bright green is (I think it was Snot Green).. then I did a green ink wash and another layer of highlights.. nobody at our gaming group could tell the difference, including a Golden Demon winner (James Ramsey). This was a year or two before I started mixing my own paints but really.. most people have no clue.

        Your average gamer has no clue what hues, shades, values, etc are and having them buy things that are dumbed down to the point of “highlight” and “shade” and “base coat” is just enabling that sort of ignorance.

        • ApokalypseTest

          And where is the problem in “enabling that sort of ignorance”? Its not like they HAVE to care about this stuff and probably they don’t want to. And in my opinion it doesn’t really matter HOW they paint their minis as long as they do. That being said – your post is exactly the kind of pointless argument hat I mention above. I don’t really care if it can be done your way. It is handy and quick and easy to just use that brighter shade instead of adding some yellow and white. And some people don’t have the time and interest to bother. Do you make your own brushes? If you have the practice and know how to – its actually quite easy. And why use acrylics at all? Just start with pigments and carrier medium THAT is a lot cheaper…
          If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. But please – stop thinking you’re the bees knees because you have the time, energy whatever to mix paints. And please let the market take care of pointless products – just because you are inable to comprehend the point doesn’t mean its pointless. And just because you think its overpriced doesn’t make it so. Its overpriced if not enough people buy it. With the same argument about lazy people being enabled by stupid solutions, I could complain about poor people being enabled by cheap-ass workarounds (to be precise – it would be as stupid and ignorant as doing it the other way around).

          • Soulfinger

            @ApokalypseTest, your reply came up while I was still typing.

            Is making brushes really that easy? I had always thought that packing the hair into the ferrule was a highly skilled job that took years to master, which was a major component in the cost. I could make brushes for my kids to use, but if you have links for making fine brushes suitable for miniature painting, please share. I’m very interested.

            Also, if this stuff really is silly putty, then it being overpriced is an objective fact, not anyone’s opinion. PK-Pro is $22.26 + S&H for 80 grams. Silly Putty bought directly from Crayola is $1 for 13.3 grams, which means I could get 292.6 grams for 26 cents less buying from Crayola. Alternately, I could buy the 80 grams for $6 and apply the savings of $18.26 toward shipping it to Hell, Mars, or wherever it costs that much to send 80 grams of material.

          • 4tonmantis

            I assume by your response that you work for, are friends with, or are possibly even the owner of PK Pro. Whatever the case, this post is an extremely poor showing.

            You have however inspired me to market a set of “highly customizable paints”. Since it can be mixed into any imaginable color.. but apparently requires immense skill, I will market it as “Master Quality Paints” and it’ll cost $120. For $25 more you can add on an amazing accessory that is so powerful it can help you find the complimentary pairing to any color or even color arrangements.. I think I’ll call it.. a color wheel.

            I think it’s incredibly funny that you would assume that I buy paints for my profession and know how to apply them to my hobby it’s because I’m poor. Because.. you know.. only poor people mix their own paints to paint their thousands of dollars worth of models..

          • ApokalypseTest

            So – you adress every part of my post but the actual question – I’ll repeat it for your convenience:

            And where is the problem in β€œenabling that sort of ignorance”?

            @Soulfinger: Overpriced – yes – if its silly putty its pretty expensive silly putty. That being said, its not as bad here as in the US – its not as ubiquitous here. You can get it via amazon, between 5€ and 8,50€ plus Shipping for the coloured varieties. The black it seems you cant get there.
            So, the mark-up is there but not as much as in your example. Clearly – I wouldn’t order it from the US πŸ™‚

            With regard to brushes: I tried to point out that more money can be saved by not buying expensive brushes…

            With regard to paints: Some people like to mix them by themselves – and no, remixing the exact same hue over an over to paint a whole army is no trivial feat. Tried it and failed. And the time and efford to potentially fix those mistakes are not worth the couple € I save by not buying the right tone in the first place. Not to me.

            @4tonmantis: How many hours have you spent painting and handling paints so far in your life?

            Part where I address the post above:

            @4tonmantis: Nice, so I am associated because I defend the product? Can I assume that you are obviously a marketing agent working for a competetor? Seriously?

            Is it possible that some people really get tired by the hostile tone of previous posts in this thread? One doesn’t need to be a stakeholder in order to react and explain.

            Fact is – I never ordered from them – so far. Nor do I actually know the PK – I am going so far to admit that I actually DO find him pricey. BUT – I am just really really tired of the “if you don’t do it from the ground up you are lazy” attitude of some people in the hobby. I probably won’t order the putty since I do happen to have some silly putty from my time in the states somewhere and I’ll just give it a shot – if it doesn’t work, I might give the PK stuff a shot.

            With regard to your paint set: Go ahead, give it a whirl. If it flies it was a good idea to do so.

            I also really like how you completely ignore the fact that I marked my statement as hyperbole – and I am completely amused how you take offense at the stipulation of being poor πŸ˜€

            That being said – all is relative – I know people working min wage jobs that buy thousands of dollars worth of toys but can’t afford health insurance… So ownership of Minis <> not poor.

        • Soulfinger

          I think ApokalypseTest is making the arts versus crafts argument. Keep in mind, 4ton, that your average gamer doesn’t know about color theory, because the average person doesn’t. You go to Hobby Lobby or Dick Blick for paints, most people go for Popsicle sticks. I’d expect you to know about it, because you went to school for it and its part of your professional life, but if you told me that you ‘like music,’ I wouldn’t expect you to play an instrument or drop some dope beats on your Technics sl-1200. Sound engineering isn’t voodoo either, but not everyone is going to invest the time they’d need to into learning about audio mixing, acoustics, and turntables to set up the sound system that a true audiophile would have in their living room.

          Likewise, some people have the space for a few pots of paint and an mp3 player in their living space, as opposed to a sprawling mass of art and gaming supplies (I know you weren’t arguing for quantity — I have a sprawling mass) and a technics 1200 next to their two dozen milk crates of vinyl records. We’re not all balls deep in the game, slapping space marines on the table like they was hos.

          I think for many of us, the reason why a product like this disappoints is that we have an inborn sense of pride at having figured out so much for ourselves. It is exciting when you realize that the art store, the hardware store, and the FLGS are not these entirely unrelated entities . . . almost as exciting as when you first picked up that Citadel starter set(mine was the red box with the gold demon), or equivalent, and made a mess of painting your very first figure (mine was the Ral Partha ‘low-level’ cleric from their 3-stage line). The problem is perhaps that products like this sort of encourage the novice hobbyist to stay at that beginner’s level, enjoying the utility of the tool but not the more deep-seated satisfaction of elevating their understanding and enjoyment of the hobby. In the end, you’re the guy going camping, catching fish with his bare teeth and wiping your ass with the fur of the bear you just killed, while the Pro-K enthusiast is in the inflatable tent, watching television, eating MREs, and pooping in a chemical toilet. You are both camping!

          • ApokalypseTest

            Thank you – that is an excellent post and sums up what I tried to say much more politely than I was able to.

    • KelRiever

      My favorite inflated price rebrading company is Army Painter.

      Because, really, it is way too hard to go to Home Depot and get Minwax and mineral spirits…. πŸ˜›

      I do appreciate Army Painter paints, by the way, and matching sprays.

      Meanwhile on mixing colors, I admit to being thoroughly lazy. But ‘miniature paints’ in general are overpriced. Guilty as charged on that one, though I have 3 reds and not 7 πŸ˜›

  • I’m color blind and having pre-mixed paints is great. Especially when the colors are standardized and I can buy them knowing they are consistent.

    Also, even though there is theory involved, not everyone has natural artist ability. Just like some people aren’t musically inclined, the same can be said for artistry. I can’t sing to save my life no matter how much musical theory I know.

    • Major_Gilbear

      That is actually an extremely valid and compelling argument!

      Also, I happen to recall that some professional painters (Tom Schadle being one I think?) who prefer to use pre-mixed paint colours for sheer speed – when your livelihood depends on how fast you can paint as well as how well, it’s an important consideration.
      To a lesser extent, I can understand why folks may want to use specific pre-mixed shades and highlights when painting the key colour across an big army – for the same reason it saves time if you don’t paint regularly.

      Funnily enough, I think product hype is actually the part that people like 4tonmantis probably find more annoying than the issue that something is just an expensively-repacked cheap product. I mean, the way this not-Silly Putty product is described makes it sound like some miracle-in-a-tin that can also cure cancer and be used to fashion a makeshift raft in case of an unexpected flood!