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I agree with you, and were he destined for something greater I would give it a try.  Instead he gets to go in a drawer so I can pull him out in 20 years when people start reminiscing about Bones. :;):

 

Today's project: decor!  This time I'll try to do it in a WIP manner and actually post a few images before it's completed.  For the Well I'll even try and be overly detailed, just in case there are some steps I haven't yet realized I'm doing wrong.  Before breakfast it gets a basecoat.  It only took me one mini to join the "thin your paints" club, and now I do for everything, even Bones.

 

1st pass                                                                                2nd pass

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I suppose making the next post before anyone even has a chance to read the previous one still isn't much better than posting it all at once, but time's a wasting between loads of laundry.

 

A wash to bring out some detail:

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And some heavy drybrushing to mostly restore the base color.  Drybrushing isn't something that I do a whole lot of so I still sometime end up with to much paint on the brush.

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Next up light drybrushing with a light grey, and then finally pure white at a few select points.  I still want the stone to be fairly dark in the end.
 
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At this point I realized that I had started painting with no color scheme in mind.  So... pinkish purple it is.

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After a little more contemplating I decided to go with jade for the fountain carving thing. I'm sure it has a proper name.  Bas-relief?

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oooooh that gold really brings out the colours of the jade and purple. Very very nice.

 

Thanks.  I had briefly considered silver, but thought that gold would work better.

 

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Next up, I purchased some water effects to try out.  The little basin on the well will be my first attempt.  I'll have to check the instructions, but I imagine it will need some time to set, making this my last update of the day.

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Are you using the pourable stuff that's in a liquid or the other stuff that's in a creamy paste? I have Woodland Scenics "Water Effects" and "Realistic Water" the realistic water is the pourable stuff, it'll take like 8-10 hours to dry and when it does it contracts, so depending on the level you want to pour this stuff it can take you between 1-3 days to get it to the depth you want and looking good. Just have to be patient (also keep it covered so you don't get dust, hair, pet fur in it).

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Are you using the pourable stuff that's in a liquid or the other stuff that's in a creamy paste? I have Woodland Scenics "Water Effects" and "Realistic Water" the realistic water is the pourable stuff, it'll take like 8-10 hours to dry and when it does it contracts, so depending on the level you want to pour this stuff it can take you between 1-3 days to get it to the depth you want and looking good. Just have to be patient (also keep it covered so you don't get dust, hair, pet fur in it).

I purchased a Woodland Scenics kit.  Patience won't be an issue for me since I'm working the weekend and won't be doing any painting.  If it looks like it needs some more water in the morning I can add it and then see how it looks once I get back.  Repeat as necessary. 

 

Thanks for the advice.

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Yep, that's the stuff. Just pour in like 1/8 inch increments or so, let it cure/contract, rinse/repeat. I'd say it'll take you 3-4 pours to be happy. You can also add a few drops of paint to the stuff if you want a different colored water in the well.

 

Another tidbit that I haven't tried out, but have heard is pretty neat is if you want bubbles to open one of those silicon packets (that come with clothes/electronics for keeping humidity out of the product) and add a few to the mix.

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I was trying to decide what to paint next when I noticed the new Beauty Contest that was up.  I haven't tried building a scenic base yet or entered a contest, so its like two for one.  First up, finding things:

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Not that I'm going to use it all, but I found it.  The bag has kitty litter in it.  Sorry kitty.

 

Putting things together.

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At first the boards were going together a little too well.  I wanted it to look like it was sturdy, but also built quickly enough that not everything was cut to a perfect fit.  So I slid them around a little bit before the glue dried.  I had also cut everything so I could put it together in a perfect rectangle, but decided it would look more interesting if the planks were staggered a bit on the edges.

 

Next up, stairs.  I cut some tabs for stability (dado maybe?  I'm not a woodworker) since they would be floating. Just eyeball it.  Measuring is too much work. ^_^

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And finally everything so far stacked together to see how it all looks.  Next up, some railings or something.

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For the last update of the night, the start of the base.  We've got a few rocks that were just far enough out of the way that no one bothered to move them and some pine needle clumps attached with greenstuff.  They are too fragile to use on a gaming piece, but should be ok here.  I'm not sure what they're supposed to be, but I'm sure there's some plant-thing in the desert southwest that's close enough for the mind to accept them.  Next up, covering the base in grit.

 

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I decided not to go with the kitty litter, having already used that on another base, and instead tried something new (for me); coffee grounds.  It's actually two layers of grounds as the first layer didn't cover well enough for my tastes.

 

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While the glue was drying on the base, I went ahead and painted up the wood.  It ended up darker than I had intended, but I'm leery of attempting to lighten it in its entirety.  I will try to add in some highlights before I call it done.

 

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