Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Shop Notes: 2023-02-07 - Red

Tonight I added some red tones to the dragon figure I've been working on for over a month now.  I used an air brush to lightly add some Vallejo Air Red and Light Red paints to the entire dragon.  I sprayed it lightly so the brown I put on last time would still show through underneath, giving that multi-tone effect.   

It seems to be going pretty not that bad.  Most models at this stage of painting tend to look rather bad.  The magic seems to come in the follow up steps where washes and dry brushing helps bring out the details and make them pop.    The head, especially, needs some detail work.  However I think this is a decent start.... maybe.

Sunday, February 05, 2023

Boba Fett In The Mist

It is funny how inspiration strikes when you're not looking for it.

Took this yesterday on my local walking trail. I've walked that trail several dozen times now. When I walk it in the morning the rising sun shines through the trees. I've taken a few janky videos of it, but nothing serious. I never walk the trail with my camera bag, so I just use my cell phone most of the time.

I love walking it in freezing temps - it hardens up the mud, and I love wearing a hoodie with the hood up when I walk, which means the temps have to be cold, else I overheat. Friday evening, just before bed, I was thinking about the next day and how I was looking forward to hitting up the trail: how it was going to be well below freezing, and mostly sunny, so the sunlight in the trees will be excellent. Suddenly this image here formed in my brain, fully baked, with the mist, light, location. Everything.

5 minutes later I had my camera bag packed, and waiting by the door so I wouldn't forget it the next day for my hike.

The above image is the result.

Thursday, February 02, 2023

Shop Notes: 2023-02-02 - Base Coat

I spent the last couple days thinking of a color scheme for my dragon, since, being mythical, there isn't a set color pattern granted by nature.  Annoying! 

 I've settled on something in a brown with red-ish highlights.  Not sure of the entire look, but that will do as a starting point.  Toward that end, this evening I air brushed a coat of brown - Vallejo's Dark Earth to be precise - all over the model.   

Tomorrow after work I hope to travel to the next town over, in which contains several hobby stores, in which I shall purchase some paints for the finer details.  For now, it's solid brown.  It is a beginning.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Shop Notes: 2023-01-31 - Base Painting

This evening I finished painting the base for my massive dragon model.   The base features a rocky archway and stairs to a summit, an idol, that I can't determine is supposed to be carved wood or stone, and a bunch of crystals growing around the edge.  I really don't like the crystals - they don't appear natural like that (mind you, neither do dragons, so I'm not really winning the logical argument here).  However I decided to make the best of then by painting them in blues, reds and purples, as they sometimes appear in geodes and precious stones in nature.

The paint job is a base of grey, with a series of washes and inks of umbers, siennas, and white and burnt ochre pigments.  Followed up with a linen white dry brushing to bring out the highlights.  I like the natural colours of that palette, and the pigments give the base a more realistic texture.   

I am letting the base dry overnight, then I will spray it with a matte clear coat.  I will follow that up with a high gloss clear coat on the crystals to give them a shiny effect.

After that I am moving on to paint the dragon itself.  However the Maple Leafs play the Bruins tomorrow night, so starting on the dragon may be delayed until Thursday.  Go Leafs!

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Shop Notes: 2023-01-28 - Dragon Quest Priming

 Todays goal was to get the dragon model primed.  Normally I prime my figures using an air brush.  However, due to the size of this figure, using spray paint from a rattle can made more sense, both from an economical and a time saving perspective.  I use Krylon Paint + Primer satin black as my preferred paint for this sort of thing. 

Using a spray can requires taking the model outside to spray it, so I don't fill the house with paint fumes.  Fortunately the weather was conducive to that - thats not always the case during winter here in North Carolina.m.  High 50s, and dry.

It took me all afternoon to get the models painted  - spray part of it, literally wait for paint to dry, move it, spray another section, rinse-repeat.  I waited an hour between sprays, and an hour before bringing the model back inside.   I am now letting it sit overnight to ensure the paint+primer hardens properly.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Shop Notes: 2023-01-21 - Dragon Printing Complete

Today, after more than two weeks of solid effort,  I finally finished printing all the parts for the massive dragon model.  The process had several hiccups along the way, including having to acquire a new 3D printer, so it has been more of a hassle than I expected. 

It is good to have this stage of the project behind me. Tomorrow the assembly can begin!

Friday, January 20, 2023

Shop Notes: 2023-01-19 - Dragon Quest Printing Proceeding

Progress is being made on printing out all the parts for the giant dragon model I am currently working on 3D printing.    Right now the last piece of the wings is printing.  After that I have one body piece to re-print (it was printed on the old janky printer and has a big hole in the side), and one part of the base to print. 

Each of the remaining parts takes 10+ hours to print, but I can now see the end of the print phase of this project.

As an aside, I posted a video of a handy trick I had for making 3D printing easier.  That video can be found on my YouTube channel here: