The inks are the same shade as the dips but without the shiny ness . They also will not protect your miniature either . I have seen our club members using them without dilution . I prefer to dilute mine and add flow enhancer .
The squeeze bottle of Strong tone is one of the best inks out there. It dries about 40 times faster than the dip (no exaggerating) and its the same tone. Plus you can paint over it without needing to clear coat.
I like to drip it on the model and then move it around with a brush. The dropper bottle really helps with this.
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