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  1. I let this one sit for a while, and then I figured out the belly scales: I did shadows in blue from the blue side, then green from the green side, and blended in the middle. I'm really happy with how they came out in the end! (This one feels a bit NSFW somehow, lol. Warning for naked dragon?) She is feeling close to done for me. Any suggestions of any kind welcome before I wrap her up! (Also suggestions appreciated on how to photograph her, beyond "get her off your horrible mess of a crafting table and into some decent light" :P)
  2. This was the must-have from Bones 4 for me! I cut off and modded the legs and created the base with apoxie sculpt so the hut can be placed on its own or on the legs. The paint scheme is "chicken" ;) I can't even remember all the colors I used on this thing, it was a mad mix of Reaper browns and golds, Pokorny terracotta, homemade washes, and I pretty much just kept going at it until I was happy. I hit everything with a matte varnish except several coats of gloss varnish on the window glass.
  3. FWIW, I tried the hot water treatment twice. In both cases I got the hut into a good position, it seemed to be staying, and then over the course of a few days, it sagged back over again. I have now cut off the legs, using the method described in the video. One of them wasn't fully glued and popped right out after I cut just a little, on the other one the leg was completely fused. That one did not take me under a minute. :) Soak the join for at least 30 seconds, have a new sharp blade (I used a utility knife), try and make sure that your blade actually penetrates into the hollow s
  4. Wings! I used the same Pokorny paints with a drop of liquitex slow-dri and some pledge and just kept painting wet on wet until I was happy. Next will be a wash for the wings and then on to the details. :D Still not happy with the transition between the underbelly and the scales, any suggestions welcome...
  5. Several layers of drybrushing and tints on! I think this is where the bodies will mostly end up: spikes and claws and mouths next, then the wings. I'm not entirely satisfied with the underbelly when I look at it close up, but I like the overall effect when looking at the model as a whole, so for now I'm sticking with it. Paints: Still mostly using Pokorny colors. Red: drybrushing from deep lava through lava orange up to schoolbus yellow. Blue: drybrushing from base grey + bubbles blue through bubbles blue to sysuul silver. Green: tinted sc
  6. Next step, a heavy and rough washing all around, all hand-mixed with floor wax: Black dragon: Pokorny black White: Pokorny white + Pokorny black Blue: Reaper Corporeal Shadow Green: Pokorny Moss Green for a bit of a radioactive glowy quality The red I did after photographing these, and it got a wash of Reaper Gothic Crimson with a touch of Pokorny black. I'm trying to make a virtue of the lack of control and so I deliberately extended each wash a bit into the neighboring areas to extend the blending effect.
  7. Note to self: next time look at some other people's painting posts and/or videos for inspiration BEFORE you assemble and fill the gigantic miniature that literally every other person has very sensibly painted IN PARTS. Anyway, so I can already tell there are going to be some details that I just give up on, because I can't get to them without something between a juggling routine and cradling this extremely spiky dragon like a baby, and I can't hold it for long, but oh well! It will still be fun. I more or less want something evoking the much loved D&D Cartoon, but
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