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Dangermouse

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Whilst I let the rest of the model a chance to settle down and dry, I will make a start on the War Eagle.
So a primer of grey and a thinned base coat of leather for the body and magic blue for the foremost wings.



This is going to take some blending so I need to set up a wet palette for this bird.

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First blend done...leave to dry overnight.




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AWESOME..
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http://www.pinterest.com/intrstinpintrst/awesome-scale-models/


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Thanks Ted....it's nice to get back into doing figures again.
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ok so you just can't make a base look like marble and NOT tell us how you did it! Looks fantastic!
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Okay Neil...just for you...

Undercoat primer of grey, followed by a good coat of Tamiya Black Green.
Once this is fully dry I selected a Dark Green, Medium Green, Lime Green and Dead White Acrylic. I tend to favour Vallejo Game Colors. These must be thinned with water.
The first thing I did was dabbed on pure water to the base with a normal washing up sponge, cut to a manageable size.
The next part has to be random and you must work fast to keep the paint wet...this is very important as you want the next steps to bleed into one another. Apply the Dark Green over the base, but do not cover it all. Still using the same sponge load the next colour, only this time keep it to selected areas, repeat with the Lime Green. Use a slightly damp brush to mix them on the base....keep it messy!
Whilst it is still wet load a fine pointed brush with white and scribble some viens on the Lime green. Hold the brush by the very end of the handle and be quick and light.
Allow this to dry a little....the time it would take you to wash out the larger brush and made it dry with a kitchen towel. Brush the area so that the white slightly fades in with the other colors but does not disappear. Use a dry piece of sponge if you need to.
Next step....STOP. Let it dry.
Always remeber no two pieces of marble are the same...so no one can say yours is wrong!

Once dry use a very high gloss to seal it all up. You can tone it down later by using a Satin Varnish if you wish.

Remember Nature sometimes makes mistakes....so yours will always be good.....who can say otherwise.

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Okay so we all make mistakes now and then....totally wrong effect for the bird (thanks Andy for pointing that one out).

Best thing to do...own up, my mistake...wipe clean...start again...



Another question that came up was what brushes do I use. Strange that some people are afraid to ask that question.
For this model I've used the following brushes...

...yeah, a Humbrol /Airfix brush, or two...nothing great....I like these brushes and I know how they will perform.

Sometimes I do need to use something like a 0 or 00, and I use these...


€6 for 6 sable, half size brushes...no brainer...they are good. Where did I get them?

Try The Works shop, yes that arty shop for Scrapbooking ladies.

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Latest update:

With other projects on the go, and many visits to hospital, I've managed to get back to doing a lot more to this model.
Sorry if there are not many photos, but if questions come to mind please don't hesitate to ask.

Finally I'm near to completing the base, and I have the arms with bow completed.





Just need to finish re-painting the bird of prey and those massive wings.
Thanks for looking.

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This is really nice Nigel. First of all it's a fantastic looking figure but the paint job is coming along beautifully and that's a really deep rich gold you have on the armour ( it's lovely )

The marble effect is very clever and I will be keeping that in the old brain bank as the technique really does give a plain base a lift. But I have to say I'm really liking the little bit of terrain you have made at the foot of the figure, not only is there a ton of things going on that draw the eye but it looks very natural too

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Thanks for those kind words, I'm glad you like it.
I must admit the base does look good. The twisted barren tree is actually a piece of dried root from a weed, and when added withe Earl Grey makes it look natural and in scale.
I use this effect quite a lot now...



...bases for Malifaux figures.

Cheers.

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Those bases are excellent the colours really pop. Using earl grey tea leaves is a great idea too and one I will definitely be pinching lol.

I saw those Malifaux minis on the other thread and they are very nice. As I mentioned I have some metal Malifaux figures and didn't realise they made plastic ones too, but the details are not as crisp in mine as ther are on those plastic ones.

I'm still amazed at how much detail is possible with injection moulded plastic figures these days, they are much better than the white metal ones

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Those bases are excellent the colours really pop. Using earl grey tea leaves is a great idea too and one I will definitely be pinching lol.

I saw those Malifaux minis on the other thread and they are very nice. As I mentioned I have some metal Malifaux figures and didn't realise they made plastic ones too, but the details are not as crisp in mine as ther are on those plastic ones.

I'm still amazed at how much detail is possible with injection moulded plastic figures these days, they are much better than the white metal ones

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I would agree..to a point. I'm not quite sure what type of plastic they use and it took quite a long time for Tamiya Cement to weld the parts together. A lot of other modellers have found that Gorilla Glue is much better, and I've just found out that Art & Hobby Stores stock it this side of the pond.
I bet the metal one you have has a base tab, so you can attach it to the slotta base, which makes it more durable for gaming. The plastic ones have to be pinned, but unfortunately the female feet are so small that you can not pin them....big problem.
It's a pity that they didn't mould them with pins, or a tab.

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Latest update...

I will let the photos show what's been done (sorry if they are slightly out of focus....I little bit like I feel at the mo [wink] ).






Thank you for looking.

Hope you like it.

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Latest Update :

Final stage is to complete the wings...



...still need to tidy up a bit and a few more thin coats of gold.

I think this needs a bit more warmth, so I've added a few jewels to make this more Regal...



My next update will be the final reveal.

Thank you for following along.

Link to Final Reveal http://genessis-models.websitetoolbox.com/post/gw-knight-venator-8189341?pid=1292933296

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