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juanrmattos

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Thanks Nigel [smile]


Here is Saturday's progress:


Finished with the Gold (Tamiya TS-27)





Base coat for the stand (Citadel Abaddon Black)





Some highlights for it (Citadel Necron Compound Dry paint)





Glued the Torso & Head





Applied the Green Accents (Tamiya X-15)




Still shaking, but Moving Along!!!  [thumb]

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Juan, this is just so cool...I love that gold.

Why are your hands shaking...this is great work.

If ever you need any help along the way both myself and Mike can help you just ask, at the moment I'm just going to get some popcorn and watch this unfold.

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Thanks Nigel, I'm sure I would drive you and Mike insane with all sorts of questions along the way...  Still looking at the Barge spruce trying to come out with a plan, but I think I'm beginning to understand the basics of building these things.

If you knew me, you would probably think modeling is the last thing I would be involved in, always at 1000RPM, with a cigarette in one hand and a cup of coffee on the other...   Modeling is the one thing that slows me down (Stressing, but a different kind of stress, if there is such a thing), so I shake like a maniac after trying to hold a steady pulse for 30 secs at a time LOL.  

I'll give some time for the glue and green paint to cure and proceed with the wash (Not sure if I should do Black wash over the silver and the light brown over the Gold, or if attacking the whole miniature with the black would be good...  What do you guys think?).   I also want to give more color to the staff, maybe a light gun metal on the shaft and a very shinny chrome to the blade (Reason why I have not glued it).

As far as the pose, I have been trying locating the arm with the blade resting on the ground, if I can clear it diagonally to make the skulls on the base to be visible, it would look really nice!!!...  I want the Christal sphere at face level, sort of like having him casting a spell (Oh gosh, too much TV).
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You're on the right tracks. The resurection orb would be best placed at face level like you say. Try the staff with the blade end slightly tilted forward and to one side, it will open up your base.

The wash for silver you can either use black or a dark blue, both work well.
Gold, on the other hand has to be a warmer shade that will complement the yellows and oranges in the gold colour..so a nice light brown works so well.

One thing I tried to explain to Bobby is that Necrons were rulers of the whole Galaxy and they went into hibernation for millions of years until there was ever a threat. They had the ability to capture C'tans from within stars...they were powerful....so I can't understand how they would construct their army in armour that can rust.

I will leave that thought with you....

....oh the staff....add some colour to the blade.
Take a look at some photos on the web for ideas...go with what you belive you can do and what you like the look of.

Remember this is your model...nobody can say that what you have done is right or wrong...it's your version.
Sometimes simple can look very effective..

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It is glued...  Not totally convinced with the staff positioning but it'll have to do...



Amazing how every single mistake is caught on camera (I can honestly say, this one looks a whole lot better in person).

Now, do I need to seal it before the wash?...  
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really looking good! metal is great!
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Juan, it's a great pose.

Yes, working on things this small really shows up on camera (although I can't see any). To you they probably stick out like a sore thumb.
Why not use the camera as a tool...use digital photos to spot errors and the like...I do it all the time..only thing is these new cameras do like to make things in favour of reds, so be careful.

I really do have to rest now...but I will do my best to reply to any questions.


For Ted...hi my friend, he seems to be doing really well...the force in the young padawan is strong, it is. Fast he runs but learn to walk he must.

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Blah...  Just ruined it!!!   From vivid metallic colors to "dull as poop" finish in 60 seconds

I hated the wash!!!, next time around I will just use a detail brush and go over every nook and cranny [tongue]



Can't deal with the faded colors and poor retouching...  I guess, my Necrons are going to have to be a fully factory refurbished army (Where they all will look neat and shinny).

Let's see how many of these I have to build to get there!!!






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Juan,

Hey, I like it. The wash has defined the "spaces". you could always go back and highlight the high spots? I am sure Nigel will comment and give you direction? Realize that virtually no one will be viewing the figures this closely. seriously, about 18-24" is the distance most people view things from.

I've only attempted one figure--"Satan bust"---LOL, I painted and washed and highlighted that thing over and over trying to get it "right". If it got hit by a tornado, the tornado would be repelled by all the paint and washes and sealing and on and on and on!!!

None of us learned to walk, feed ourselves, dress ourselves, drive, etc in a day or in one attempt, right? As for the coffee/cig routine, I have a son who has an essential tremor in his upper body [kind of like a permanent nervous tic]. His hands and arms shake, and the more stressed he is, the worse the tremor gets. However,........when he draws something [pencil and paper], the shaking calms down briefly and he does highly detailed work. Same with some people who stutter but can sing perfectly.

Personally, I use a lot of techniques to "brace" my hands when I paint. I took a small brick and wrapped it in felt--glued it on. I can rest my forearm, hand on it and steady the piece I am working on with my other hand. I have also used lumps of white tac to stick the edge of the object in to keep it steady. you know--whatever it takes!

When I did massage therapy, I had clients who came to me with ADDHD. All they wanted was for me to create physical sensations [distractions] to help calm their minds. I used a combination of music, random fingertip touch patterns [I called it tracing], and low vocal image cues. One client told me that the only time they could focus was in our sessions. They often fell asleep for 90min to 2 hours as I worked on the scalp and face.

I don't know about you, but this hobby, even when I am frustrated out of my mind with something--it one of the few times during the day and night that I am focused on a single train of thought.I also wear a mask--hospital style from the pharmacy--to calm my breathing and relax more. My mind usually runs wide open with random thoughts gushing in and out--old memories,'what if", indecision, etc. Sometimes I just sit at my bench and stare at everything around me over and over and get myself all worked up!  Best wishes my cyber friend--best wishes.

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Thank you Ted, I completely understand what you are saying and appreciate the words of encouragement (My wife said I was being a cry baby LOL).

The thing already has highlights but with the wash it just turned into a flat-altered color (Like painting with a dirty brush), the LED lights dont help much either...  We can call it OCD, or anything else, but it was not at all what I had in mind...  In any case, is round 2 and I'm coming back with a vengeance!!!



Still have to do some more sanding before I prime, but managed to leave steps 1 and 2 all glued up.

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"coming back with a vengeance"........................I like it!

My GF has OCD......Me? I'm just crazy!!!!...she usually asks,"Did you get to "model" today?" which is better than the past when she asked me if I "played with my toys"....&^%$#!!! and steam coming from both ears!

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Juan....perfect. I love the ancient gold colour you now have.

In some way I think I should have warned you that this would happen. If needed, drybrush the cloak with gold, or silver. Drybushing...with almost no paint on the brush.

To give you encouragement allow me to show you how close my version of this model turned out....I don't like putting my photos on someone else's WIP but in your case I would like to make an exception.



It's a very early photograph so excuse the quality.

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That is very nice Nigel...  

I play a game called The Elder Scrolls (Skyrim & ESO) and within it, there is an ancient race called Dwemer, these are completely Gold, but is the tone I had in my mind for the build, but I didn't have that particular color on the dry paint stock, so tried re-touching with base paint and it became a mess of paint over wash...    In any case, so on the next attempt, I would only apply the wash on selected spots trying to preserve the clean metal look.

This is the final result, please let it be recorded as my very first miniature (I would probably ask to have these words banned in a few months LOL)





Moving along.... 

 
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sorry, but I still like it as it is, but I am not a gamer who sees other versions of these figures so my opinion is just mine. Let it be recorded: "THIS IS JUAN'S FIRST MINIATURE FIGURE"
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I, too, second that Ted....and for a first figure it's really well executed.

I would be happy with this Lord leading my troops on a battle table.

Well done mate.

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