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This is likely to become a very long and slow thread since I only have the main Nativity Set and one Wise man yet... 

 

Anyway, onto the wood 'stable'... 

Since I just got the Vallejo Old & New wood effect paint set, I decided to use that.

(Actually, I got the set for this mini)

 

First I primed it with IDF Israeli Sand Primer:

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Then I coated with 71.131 Concrete. The star is based with Reaper's Palomino Gold, of course.

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Then Sand Grey happened...

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A wash of Model Wash 76.517 Dark Grey, highlights of RAL1001 Elfenbein 71.075, and some Reaper Bones Dragon Gold on the star.

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I think it's mostly ready now, just need a bit of cleanup here and there, some varnish, and a base... 

 

Yeah, I gotta think about that... 

(It needs to be able to hold all the Nativity minis after all)

 

Also, because of the instructions, I think that paint set is worth the price, and with a bit more experience with it I should be able to produce some really nice results.

(I used a crappy #1 synthetic for everything but the star, where I used a crappy #0. None of the woodwork requires a good brush, really.)

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Very nice!

 

I painted that set, and I will give it to my girl's parents next week..

 

Loads of fun!

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If you need a firm base to put all the minis on (metal I presume?) I'd buy a circular 3mm thick disc of mdf. Shellac it to seal the mdf and to prevent warping. You can also bevel the sides with a rotary tool or sanding paper.

 

If you want to depict straw I would recommend some sisal rope. Just open the rope up and cut it into small pieces. Glue those in palce and apply a number of washes with Vallejo Umber shade (thinned about 1:1 with water) until you achieve a nice realistic straw tone.

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The baby Jesus is in a crib with straw poking out everywhere, so I don't need to make more. I just need to find the correct colour for it.

And yeah, it's all metal.

 

I'm still considering my options for the base.

 

The crib, and the staff in Josephs hands are being prepared for the 'new wood effects' in the Vallejo instructions.

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What did you use for base?

 

Any tips for straw colour?

 

Take a look at my WIP and Show Off.

Maybe you can steal some ideas..

 

 

 

http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69198-nativity-scene-as-a-gift-by-xherman1964/

 

http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/70842-nativity-set-xherman1964/?hl=mary#entry1437375

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Had some time to work on it... finally...

 

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The crib was mostly Vallejo Wood effects, this time the 'new and weathered' version.

The blanket is Bleached Linen.

The straw also started out with Bleached Linen, but was dry-brushed with Golden Blonde.

I may try adding a bit of wash later, or maybe not.

 

Mary...

 

She was primed in a grey primer, except for hands and face that got the same primer as the wood.

The dress is a ligt blue. Can't recall which one, unfortunately.

Her cape was also first attempted with Bleached Linen, but it was pretty obvious that it was the wrong colour.

I ended up with a mix of Linen White(6 drops) with a drop of Golden Blonde to give it a bit of warmth.

I'm pretty happy with that choice.

 

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Unfortunately, the paint reveals all the flaws in her cape...

 

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I think I need to give that mini a relaxing bath in something Green, or possibly nail-polish remover, do a bit of sanding and possibly try a filling primer I have laying about.

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