The use of SS as a reference is a comparison that is constantly requested, and was to be also included in PSennet's ShootOut "by request" as one of the "references" by which to compare "everyone's" mixes by. Why does the use of it in that manner suddenly become an issue?
A very many people..., in fact 100 times more people have tried it over anything any one of us with more complex mixes have offered, and swear it's a perfectly good application, so it is a good comparison to make against ANY mix, if only to show others exactly how much a difference something designed to compliment a PJ and the environment can be.
Yes, it's a Gray Paint. You know....the type of stuff that is said to be just as good and effective as a muti-hued mix like Black Flame. :rolleyes: It mixes up Gray, it looks Gray on the wall/board, so it IS Gray. It achieves it Gray appearance by using only a few components. But your right...being "just" a Gray, it will never equal a well put together DIY solution that "looks" Gray, but is more complex, and whose individual components work together and individually to do so much more than any neutral or adjusted Gray can.
In all fairness, it most likely could have show a better level of contrast than the Gray Sample in my shots, but nowhere near as much detail.
SS is a One Can" wonder, much the same as Misty Evening was, and though it has yet to be delegated to "also ran" status as the ME has been, it's has been slowly evolving onto something a little different.
I suggested almost 3 months ago on BCortez's SS thread the addition of the MinWax Poly, along with some of the newer SM paint, and the results for some were a marked improvement of the stock Paint. Prior to that, the people who thinned SS with MMud, or UPW, UPW Eggshell, and other adulterants also found that it served well as a Base for such experimentations. BCortez didn't seem to object as long as the focus stayed on the use of SS as the main component.
It only seems a unfair comparison if you choose to dwell on the disputed aspect that the comparison is being made specifically because it would benefit the "Comparer". I chose to show some of my recent comparisons using a average Lumen output PJ, and while flooding the screen area with more direct "Sunlight" that anybody ever has. As well as show that there is a difference between a "Gray" and Black Flame, even if the Black Flame is not a darker hue variety, or receiving the amount of light most benifical to it's potential.
We are comparing, and discussing things on this thread, not defending or justifying. Well, perhaps my posted comparisons do show themselves to be a tad bit heavy in the 'justification' department, but by keeping the level of compensation needed higher than was shown, I hope the comparisons show a evenhandedness about them that some feel many of my "eye candy" Screenies do not.
To respond to the question posed by Schooner, if the addition of Poly, SM, and/or Pearl was all that was needed to equal or surpass Black Flame, then there would have been no reason at all for the gradation beyond RS_MaxxMudd and it's variables. But there was a need, and it was accomplished. Can it be done more simply? Perhaps, but it will not do as good a job.