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About Zethia

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  1. Mini update today! My Vallejo ink set came in the mail, so I tried to make my black rocks as black as they could be, and I'm happy with the result. Most importantly it let me get a bit more contrast between the dark backsides of the rocks and the lava illuminated fronts. I don't know if it's a noticeable difference in the photos, but it kinda feels like comparing black screens on LED and OLED TVs. Just a little less...foggy, I guess? I dunno. Here's some pictures.
  2. I really like your choice of color for the exposed rafters. Makes them look like exposed bits of skeleton. Very nice all around!
  3. Last update for at least a few days, I'm afraid, but I'm happy with the progress I've made over the past week. I didn't take pictures of each step here, but it consisted of some basic touch ups. I did some dry brushing of ash grey followed by a mix of oak brown and dragon red to amplify the OSL effect from the lava, then some deepening of darkness on the rocks with a selectively applied dark tone wash. I'm particularly pleased with how well the dark wash worked on the rim of the base; going the whole way around, right up to but not over the dr
  4. Your whole style here is fantastic! Kinda has an old school animation feel to it, the kind of fantasy videos that would give me nightmares in the best way. I may have to try some sculpting of my own once I finish a few things.
  5. Airbrush day! This project just keeps giving me new things to try, and I love it. I'd been in a plateau for a while, and I FINALLY feel like I'm starting to break through it. On to the fun! This one's gonna be pretty image heavy, so I'll start with the result and post the step-by-step afterwards in the spoiler box. This is just after airbrushing; I'm still gonna touch up the rocks tonight. Click the thingy for the full breakdown!
  6. The wait was excruciating, but after two days the glue was finally dry. (I may have gotten a little carried away with it. Time to prime! I had wondered if two layers of spackling and a thick layer of glue was overkill, but the experiment really paid off. The spackling created a nice level of subtle variation in the lava's surface, and the blue smoothed everything out nicely. I love the oozy, undulating look. At first I was afraid that the rocks were being covered up too much, but I like the impression it gives of the rocks sinking or being swal
  7. Been a bit of a crazy week, but I'm committed to not letting this become another abandoned project. Any little bit of progress is progress, so I did a little basing work yesterday and today. I roughed up my rocks a bit and added another layer of spackling to integrate them into the lava flow. At this point I wasn't quite happy with the flatness of the whole thing, and the second layer of spackling was a bit higher than I anticipated. I did get to play with some sculpting tools to smooth out the surface, which was fun. Lots of 24 hour drying time waits with basing, def
  8. Oooh, that's beautiful! I haven't tried textured paints/pastes yet, but after seeing that I may have to give it a shot.
  9. That is haunting. I can vividly picture a stop-motion animation version of this model and it is freaking me out miserably. I love it.
  10. Well, this project just got a whole lot more complicated. I needed an emotional break from painting...hmm, this dragon needs a name. Gotta work on that. So after yesterday's tinkering, I broke out/up some cork and started kicking some ideas around. The cliff wasn't quite doing it for me, ate up too much of the base and crowded the wizard. I thought about having him on a hill instead, but had trouble choosing a setting. Couldn't figure out what a fire dragon was doing in a forest, didn't really have the space or a clear image in my head for mountains. A little dejected youtubing la
  11. Not much to report today other than I'm starting to brainstorm a bit on basing. It's the area I've the least experience in, so I may as well dive into the deep end. I've always wanted to do a diorama, so what am I waiting for? Playing around a little with some rough drafts. Any thoughts?
  12. Hmm...I like using a flesh wash on my bone and then doing a bit of dry brushing, but Doomsday's palette is maybe a bit on the cool side for that. I've always liked how his earlier appearances had a bit of icy blue on the spikes, which might go well with the OG pants you gave him. Either one of those choices could mean the difference between a modern, earthy Doomsday or a classic, alien, vat-grown look!
  13. This is freaking cool. I love how much detail you were able to get in the spikes. So many planes and angles! Looks fun to paint.
  14. Scary, scary session today. I've never painted this much surface area on a mini before. Made some hard choices, some big decisions. Lots of pictures in the hidey box!
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