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77006 Maledrakh' s Shai-Hulud WIP

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Very good idea! Reminds me of Paul Atreides riding the dunes of Arrakis on a gigantic sandworm. The time will come for him to lay claim his crown... Don't fret he's strong and he'll make a stand, against evil and fire that spreads through the land, he has the power to make it all end.

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Just a short update.


Base: a simple 60mm old akrylic flying base with some green stuff on. This is the first layer. I will be trying for a sand-dune look without the rocks that are around the bottom of the figure. I will either carve them off the figure or build the sand higher. Or both.




Army painter paints do not stick to the worm, even after washing. So I will need to spray it. Which is a problem seeing as it currently is about as cold as in my deep freezer outside, and I do not have any place indoors where I can use a spraycan. I will try an old brush-on primer I have lying about. You can see where I tried a bit of brown, and had to wipe it off as the plastic rejected the paint.

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Yes, i did. I tried some citadel on the other side, it seemed to stick ok. It might just be the specific shade of army painterbrown i tried. I will do some more experiments.

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Do use use a one of the washes of army painter? If you use a wash or ink directly on the plastic, it could be possible that it don't hold on the miniature.


First paint it with normal paint or use a primer before using a wash/ink.

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Yes, i did. I tried some citadel on the other side, it seemed to stick ok. It might just be the specific shade of army painterbrown i tried. I will do some more experiments.

anything that's watered down Will do that on bones, there's two things you can do, switch to something that isn't cut or you can keep washing it and letting it dry between coats, each wash acts as a small layer of primer and after some time you will get a layer down and you could paint as normal.

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It has been slow going with the Shai-Hulud. Not much time for minis these last couple of weeks.

and also struggling with the base for the Shai-Hulud. And then – inspiration. A dune.



so a rough dune done in green stuff.


A CD was used as the base of the base, as I did not have anything better handy.

Big mistake. CDs are made of akrylic (I think), a hard and brittle plastic. And really horrible to cut. Ages of scoring followed by —the scissors.

Do not try to cut a CD with scissors if you want a clean cut. Agonizing breakagesn and flying shards ensued. Should have used a saw of some kind. Oh well.


Also, green stuff really is too expensive to be used for large base-filling such as this. One uses what is at hand and regrets it later.


It is all to be covered in fine sand anyways.

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