I used my Humbrol Matt Black. It worked better with a little Gamsol to thin it. In a couple of spots my brush strayed and I had to go back and hit it with the tunic and cape base colors again. That said, I'm pretty happy with the outcome overall. My brushwork is a little wobbly and I'm slow as molasses, but that will come in time. I'm going to work on basing him tonight and then I'll post up some comparisons with the "dipped" levy I did previously.