Dwarfs + Gobbos + Elfs


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Post Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:14 pm

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Awesome looking bridge. Love the broken rail and detailing of the straps (jointing pieces) etc.

I agree that a decent grey/brown is the way to start with older, well worn timber. I would probably pull out my VMC Olive Drab, highlight up by adding paler neutral colours (old GW Komando Khahki or equivalent works really well) and build up depth with a variety of brown, black and even blue washes.Being by a river you could work green, algal growth in as well using ink + gloss medium.
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Post Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:06 am

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Excellent work - this is looking really good!

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Post Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:54 pm

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So after much experiment I've decided to replace the balsa wood with a plasticard alternative. This is mainly due to the porous nature of the wood which has really screwed up my attempts to paint it. So while waiting for more supplies I got on with painting the base. My normal approach to stone is grey with some drybrushing and then a few washes of black/grey and maybe a wash or two of brown/green. With this I spent extra time painting each stone a mixture of grey and either a yellow/green/brown colour just to break up the overall area. I'm planning on adding the water so it just reaches below where the tufts have been placed.

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Post Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:04 pm

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Lovely stones! Have you tried giving the wooden bridge a varnish spray to seal it and then working on top of that? A matt is best.
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Post Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:55 pm

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For painting onto balsa you need to seal the surface first. The stuff I use, Perkins Hi-Grade Sanding Sealer, (UK example) is marketed for model makers, but if you pick some sanding sealer up at a hardware shop make sure it doesn't contain wax - those are for providing a polish-able finish and won't hold paint!

Also, being cellulose based it dries fast and doesn't raise the grain to the same extent that water based products would - I've tried using cheap WHSmith's acrylics before and it gets a little soggy and messy.
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Post Sun May 03, 2015 10:52 am

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Thanks for the balsa wood suggestions but I ended up going for plasticard as I knew what I could do with that.

So I had actually painted up the wood pillars and began to pour the Still Water but sadly it ended in disaster. Not only did I pour too much in causing it to crack but it also seeped into the sand and filler base turning it in to a gloopy mess. So I've had to scrape away the water and some of the base and re-do it !!! So its now second time lucky. I've redone all the work and thought I'd post some pictures before I try the pour again.

A quick thanks to 'ardyer' for the suggestion of paint for wood very helpful.

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Obviously I still need to paint up the top of bridge but its ready for the water. This time I've decided to try woodlandscenics E-Z water as it can be poured in one go compared to the Still Water which can only be done in 2mm depths.
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Post Sun May 03, 2015 5:32 pm

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Write, those looks great! Love the rusty effects.

And I'm glad you liked bastion grey :D

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Post Sun May 03, 2015 7:50 pm

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Really cool, like them.
But you do know that Hashut is the only real dwarf god???
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Post Fri May 15, 2015 3:32 pm

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So I tried E-Z water next but I was concerned with the fact you had to heat it to turn it into a liquid, I was worried it might melt my plastic. Also you could only colour it with dry fabric dye so not ideal for me. After more searching I found a product called Deluxe Materials Solid Water which is a 2 part resin. Its more expensive and I only got 90ml which was just enough for my needs, but I was able to add paint to create a nice green/brown water. On to the results.

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You can see in the second picture lots of small air bubbles in the resin I think this was down to me mixing it too roughly so I would definitely do this differently next time around. Another area is along the top where I ended you having to remove a lip of the resin, I don't think this was down to shrinking but to the fact that after I poured in the resin it started to slowly leak in several places, which resulted in the overall level dropping slightly coursing the lip. Next time I would not only try to do a better job of stopping any leaks but I would also cut the barrier to the height I wanted the resin to be that way I could pour right to the top and hopefully that would stop this happening.
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Post Fri May 15, 2015 4:20 pm

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Despite the minor issues you noted it still looks fantastic!

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