Saturday, April 18, 2015

Iron Painter WIP III

I didn't get quite as far as I expected over the last couple of days, but I feel like I'll still make the Sunday night deadline.

I added more pumice to the top of the rock outcropping so that it would look more like a trail of integrated soil and less like bark.


Finally added the models!  It was almost impossible to drill these models for pinning.  I had left a piece of the slotta-tab on the bottom of their foot, which I could use to give more surface area for the 5-minute epoxy.  Even so, the purchase is weak, and I had to support the models with cork and allow the glue to set for a day.




Primed.  I can finally begin painting!



The sight lines turned out decent.  I hope this will be one angle I can use for the final photography.


Meanwhile, continuing to work on the jester's scepter.  I attached the head, and I had to reinforce the attachment point to the rod.  I experimented with a mix of Milliput and 5-minute epoxy, and the join finally feels like it's going to hold.


Trying to smooth out the piece with Milliput, followed by sanding with emery paper.  It needed 2 or 3 more layers, but I'm beginning to get impatient...



Airbrushed the "stage".  This was fun.


Some color prep and some pattern-work.  This is the first time I've attempted a harlequin diamond-pattern.  It was harder than I thought it was going to be, and it took more time than I expected.


I enjoyed painting the squig.  I used a lot of my "comfort-zone" watercolor-style wash technique, combined with some wet-blending and opaque highlighting.


This is where I'll leave it for the evening.  I like the color schemes of the individual models, but I'm not crazy how they all go together as a whole.  I may need to fuss with it more.

Only one day left to complete painting the figures, complete painting the base; enhance the base with foliage, sand, and pigments; and take photographs and attempt to make a collage.  Down to the wire!


2 comments:

  1. Aren't deadlines great motivators? Lots to do but you can pull it off! I really like the look of this piece. You've created a fun scene and story. I'm glad I'm not competing against you!

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  2. Thanks, David! And I'm glad I'm not competing against you! Although...we might end up with figures in the same cabinet at NOVA Open 2015.....

    I saw your Arena Rex figure. Love the helmet!

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