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  1. Thanks to an afternoon with CMPA, I have the fin repainted in yellow and the wing "fingers" in khaki. Thanks to Cyradis for a color tip for body shading; I see the way forward.
  2. If my execution matches my vision, this will be fun! I'm starting to really look forward to seeing progress in the details.
  3. Well, base coat is done. I kept it to the three allowed colors, and wasn't terribly finicky about things like wing rib, back sail, and horn/teeth/nail colors. I abandoned the #4 brush for a #0 and won't be going back there again. Maybe I'll go as high as #2 some day, but I don't know what that will do...
  4. New lighting in my basement - very good for painting! Lemon Yellow paint - not so good for basecoating; between limited opacity and the plastic's extra hydrophobic reaction to the paint, I wouldn't recommend it as a regular basecoat. Body basecoat is pretty much done (mouth excepted). Wings are undergoing extra basecoat layers to get good coverage and tone. Pictures of full basecoat by the end of the weekend. PS - as this is my first large figure and dragon, might I say that even with a #4 brush, it takes forever to paint... If it's possible, I now have even more respect for anyone who does a 7-day dragon challenge.
  5. Real Life got in my way for a bit - namely my garage painting space falling below the 40 degree mark. After a bit of experimentation (thanks to an Orc Marauder and Mangu Timur for the stand-in work for Brown and Gray Liners, respectively) I decided not to use the liners for priming. And while there are some mold lines, they aren't bad enough to trust my skills with a knife to make them better. So today I've finally managed to get most of a Khaki base coat on the body. Pictures when the base coat is done...
  6. I've been using glass stones from Michael's; platic spoons sounds even better!
  7. As this will be my first GS experience I'll be on the lookout for hardened bits in the midle now; thanks for the heads-up. I haven't primed yet, and will be testing before applying anything specifically because of the yellow, but thanks for the confirmation of my fears. On the bright side, I don't want a whole lot of the yellow to be strictly as-is Lemon. If I can pull it off there will be a lot of shading on the wings, though brown-yellow is not in the plan. I need something before the yellow for what I plan and my older eyes - enough to bring out the details on the wings for later; perhaps thinning of the liner will be in order.
  8. September 21: Through a series of strange transactions not entirely clear to me, the subject has arrived at my workshop. I am not certain that he is a willing participant, as he arrived by post rather than by carriage, and well sealed in boxes and some kind of display package. Tomorrow I shall take him to be cleaned and prepared for the work ahead. I fear that the brush and scalpel are not the most comforting, but the subject must be neat before I can begin. A light embalming with the near-magical Brown Liner will help guide my work. The reagents I plan to employ I have had to gather from across the continents. While most come from my trusted local supplier, I have had to reach out to the source for one, and have scoured the Amazon for another. Through the good graces of science they have all now arrived along with the subject. I am finally ready...
  9. 77306: Translucent Slimes (Gallery Glass)

    Here's an image I took of the original two slimes plus another set I painted again using Gallery Glass and floor polish. The two new ones are on the right - an Immortal Ichor and a Gray Ooze. The Gray Ooze is exactly like the Crystal Ooze but without the Pearl paint mixed in. The Immortal Ichor is mostly Amethyst, but with some Rose Pink added in to lighten spots from the underside (toward the front) and some Magenta to add variation on some of the blobules. Both of these are more transparent than the first set; I hit both of them with a light coat of anti-gloss again - the shiny without something to bring it down is just too much for me. Apologize for the lighting and perhaps the color non-clarity against the calibration chart; some day I'll get out my real camera and flash unit, but technically they're for taking photos for profit.
  10. 77306: Translucent Slimes (Gallery Glass)

    That's in part due to the finishing choices, I suspect. Before I started I did some test runs on some frosted glass stones I got in a cheap pack of mixed stones at Michael's. The Gallery Glass paints alone are a bit thick and didn't coat evenly; these paints are designed to be applied thickly, are a bit texturable, and look only semi-transparent - like real stained glass. Hence the floor polish. The result was pretty gummy looking, perhaps not as shiny or clear as the Tamiya pics I've seen, and much less dense in pigmentation than a hobby paint, requiring several coats for even a mid-level color. The non-transluscent ink on the Ochre and the anti-gloss on the Crystal brought the shiny (and the transparency) down a notch in the end. I suspect you could do the same to the Tamiya Clears and get a similar change.
  11. Ebonwrath - and my Pure White paint - are on their way. Pure Black coming as part of LTP 1 from Amazon. Acquired a not-exacto knife for tackling mold lines. Anyone locally know where I can acquire greenstuff?
  12. Ack! Looks like I lost something vital while editing the original post. I will be doing this as a Star 3 challenge.
  13. Today was spent re-boxing some of my old rocks, in fact. And getting stuff for this challenge. Hope to meet you and everyone soon.
  14. I live in the mountains above Golden. I found out - from some of your posts - about CMPA on Saturday night after a day at the rock shows, too late to stop by. Good to see there's a such a talented support group in the area for this addiction.
  15. Layer Up

    Looks good! I'm working through this kit right now - skin is painted on the pirate, but I think I might go back and do a bit more shadow layering after seeing yours. Your eyes have come out much better than mine, too. Your shaky hands are apparently nowhere near as lousy as mine.