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  1. Base is done with cork. As I told a friend, I think I looked at more coral reef pictures over a 24 hour period working on her than I did in the previous 24 years. Tail is in Createx Airbrush paints (used with my kolinsky, though), blade aside the rest is in the Reaper good stuff. Image linked due to exposed baby feeders
  2. I decided i didn't like the Woodland Senics water effects, for one it would fog/cloud back up to easily with humidity, so I gave this stuff a try and love it. It's thick enough that it's fun to play with what it'll do. vhaidra, you are more than welcome, I wish I could give you the name on that peacock color, but it didn't make it up to Denton with us. And Liquitex is just another of the "fine art" lines. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one he gave such grief to. I can't find yours in a search...... so when do we get to see it? Hmmm?
  3. Thank you Yes, it is wet blends and layering, give that man a prize! The blade is going to be a shortfall to many, myself included, but I had to call it or I was going to work it to death (futzed with this one on and off for over a year). The base blue that I mixed the group for this from started with a peacock blue/green from Liquitex with Golden's heavy body ultramarine blue added a tad at a time (that stuff is STRONG), the stages were done with titanium white. I used the same blue to tint the water. Me too. The base made me very happy. Are you suggesting the future for more gloss? If so, the water is very glossy, but it got lost in setting the lighting for the mini. I use Liquitex Heavy Body Gloss Gel Medium for water effects now, I can color it, blend the colors just like working with my usual paints, and it stays super glossy and rather transparent. It has made doing water SO much easier, even waterfall type effects are easier. Here is a wip of the base, before I white capped the waves and added some more untinted gloss for extra depth, you can see a little more of the gloss on it.
  4. I'm adding my blurb on him because I like it.
  5. Thank you. It's just blended metallics, no interferences, no poly-chromatics. Createx makes the metallics that I like to use, they are made for airbrushing but are divine for "normalbrushing," which is how I use them. It is a buggar to photo because I like vehicles finished in super high gloss, it's a car thing. But here are a couple of the shots I got of it before sending it out: (please pardon the strange red reflections on it, I didn't realize that the sun was coming in through my curtains and putting strange stuff in there )
  6. For free, look at GIMP (gimp.org), my only complaint about it is the resolution limitations, but those are not a problem with photos for the web. She looks good, btw.
  7. Aw shucks. Just for that I re-posted it with a larger image. *waves at enchantra before re-cloaking*
  8. I absolutely adore interferences, but they do not do what this pigment does. Where an interference might give off a couple of colors, this stuff will shift through almost the entire spectum, and sometimes quite dramatically at that, with three contingent colors being predominant (this one's predominants are red, violet, blue), but it will shift further under more extreme angles. Here is a group of photos showing the effect better.
  9. Thanks! The color shift paint is a science lab experiment, pretty much. Wish I could give you an easier answer, but.... I found the color I wanted, in a nail polish. I don't want to paint with nail polish because it's gloppy, toxic, and, clean-up is hard on brushes. I called the manufacturer of the nail polish to find out about the pigment. Company producing pigment only sells in HUGE volume. (that I cannot afford, or I'd make huge batches of the stuff and sell it ) They also said "This pigment will not work in a water based carrier." I did not accept that answer, had to keep digging. Dug around for almost a year before giving up on getting hands on pigment ready to use. Had an epiphany and I Chemically extracted pigment from nail polish and blended into a water based carrier. It works. It has to be a gloss carrier to optimize the effect, but that's fine by me. (I am still hoping for an enterprising mini company who's name begins with REAPER to get that pigment and make these paints, I don't like the pigment extraction process) The only other option I have found yet (and after above experiment, so can't give opinion on product) would be House of Kolor's pigment, pricey, but there.
  10. I know it's been a while, but just hadn't been up to painting..... well, that's over and here's the newest. Her armor is not going to photo worth a poo because it's a color-shift paint, but the rest of her photos alright IMO. Opinions anyone?
  11. I like to get my stuff from Sweetwater Scenery, personally, second only to going out and finding it myself, and they are nice people, too, from my dealings with them. You could also try model RR places, that's whers we get most of our terrain supplies. As far as how long they last, I haven't had to mess with any I've made, but I treat them rather nicely when I handle and store them so your mileage may vary on that. (still need to make me some more of these )
  12. I am assuming that this does not include cropping, but does it include compositing multiple (straight square or rectangular) angles into one image? (think side by sides or CMON style for my question) Thanks.
  13. Thank you SaintRigger!! She is SO beautiful.
  14. I bumped it up a little, hope you don't mind.... Very very nice! You must be a happy camper.
  15. I have to ask..... Will the rider be a totally seperate piece from the pegasus and it's trappings? Please, oh please. I may eventually want it with a rider, but for now I want it without, wow, and can (gently) toss the guy into the bits bin, for something else.
  16. Awww! Congratulations Kit and family!
  17. Ask and... From the outside more of the discoloration is visible, and this is only one corner of it. It made me very glad that I sacrificed a blanket to the window (hung behind my bedsheet curtains ) when I realized that it had that exposure. Can you imagine the effect on the light bill otherwise? For the longest time I thought that something fire related had happened in one of the front buildings of the complex, I guess maybe not. Oh, the rear view drop is a regular rite of summer in Houston, too.
  18. I can truely understand Robin Williams' "It's hot" bit from Good Morning Vietnam today. Last night we came back to the apartment and looked up to check the windows (just a habit) and the mini blinds in one room, the most sun exposed, of course, had melted. I mean "looks there was a fire in the room" type melted. WOW! Glad we just stay indoors as much as possible during daylight hours during the peak of summer.
  19. I haven't been able to get in to check the forums, or anything else, since about 1:30am Central when I tried to pop in. Who knows what's up. we'll just have to wait and see.
  20. Yah, waaaaay to many of these sounded like our old gaming group.
  21. Number 5 is alive! Looks good. Though I have to admit when I saw the thread title all that came to mind was a little albino bat.
  22. So if we DO end up doing this elsewhere, how about calling it RAC in Exile?
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