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Yes... that I actually did different was use the "two white dots" technique instead of placing the black dot, because I was having trouble with getting that little black off my brush.

 

My main problem was paint release off the brush. As I said I need to try a larger brush (so that paint does not start drying on the brush) and adding some extra flow improver or dry retardant.

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Hello everybody!   I am enjoying so much this little project (triggered by Jasper's SciFi Challenge!) that I decided it would be better to make it a spin-off thread of my main compiled WIP thread.

Saturday update:   Masking and priming white (airbrush):   First blue coat, airbrush:   Darker blue and lighter blue with airbrush, to set the tone and gradients:   Colors used at this s

Update pic.   If anybody has questions, I can elaborate.  

How did I not know about this?? Amazing work so far. The girl who waited is looking wonderful!

 

Thanks Baugi. I was not happy about her a week ago, but yesterday I touched up her hair and boots, and decided she was "good enough".

 

freaking love how the stones are going.

 

Thanks dontfear. They have been airbrushed in different tones, then heavily washed in sepias and black (for cracks), then picked up some stones with washes (her side is more red, the Doctor's more grey-blue), then drew in the edges and scratched with a lighter color, then glazed the whole thing in a dark sea grey to tie it up and mute the highlight... but don't really know where to go from there. 

 

It is nice enough, I think... but could do better. Don't know exactly how...

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She looks great!  You did sheer stockings on her which is such a difficult technique to master. Yes, the extra work on those boots paid off-the highlights are perfect.  How are you going to put the standard notice on the TARDIS door?

 

It was my first try at it, and I think it came out fine enough to sell the effect, so I am very very happy! And if you also like it, I am over the moon  :blush:

 

There was a small surface defect on her left leg I had to disguise with a rip, and I think it came out fine too!

 

About the notice, I am going to print and glue the POLICE BOX sign on all four sides. Amy's on the "back" door, so no phone sign and door; but I will paint that too on the Doctor's side. I'll see if I can pull it off; if not I will have to freehand the letters... I know I can do it, but it would take a lot of time and not be as precise as printing.

 

That model looks great, I think that you really nailed the stockings. 

 

Glad you like it!

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Oh her stockings turned out fantastic, Willen! Definitely a good call on turning the leg defect into a rip - it looks perfectly natural there and adds a bit of interest! The jacket also looks perfect now! She looks wonderful overall!

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Thanks Guindyloo!

 

I am thinking about how to integrate more "story" into the piece... as you see, there is no much room to add any villain (I am thinking in a "defend the TARDIS!" scene or something like that), I even gave some thought into scratchbuilding a couple Daleks... but there is simply no room there.

 

Suggestions?

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How about, instead of building 3D villains, you make a 2D background and curve it around half of the base the way they make backgrounds in museum dioramas?

 

Thay way you could paint or draw an army of Daleks going to the horizon, but it only takes up an arc around part of the base.

 

EDIT: 1/3 might be better than 1/2.

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Thanks Guindyloo!

 

I am thinking about how to integrate more "story" into the piece... as you see, there is no much room to add any villain (I am thinking in a "defend the TARDIS!" scene or something like that), I even gave some thought into scratchbuilding a couple Daleks... but there is simply no room there.

 

Suggestions?

An ominous shadow on the brickwork from off-base?

 

Excellent job, btw. And FWIW, I love Eccleston as an actor ("Shallow Grave", anyone?) but I am unimpressed with him as the Doctor. Overall, the writing improves under Moffat, IMO and Matt Smith is my favorite of the new Drs. Tom Baker is always the Doctor to me, though.

 

YMMV, IMHO, etc.  :;):

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How about, instead of building 3D villains, you make a 2D background and curve it around half of the base the way they make backgrounds in museum dioramas?

 

Thay way you could paint or draw an army of Daleks going to the horizon, but it only takes up an arc around part of the base.

 

EDIT: 1/3 might be better than 1/2.

 

Problem is that the base and Diorama is designed to be viewed from two directions, 180° off each other, with Amy on one side of the TARDIS, and the Doctor on the other side... like guarding each other's backs... so a curved background would hinder view... unless I reposition the figures. They are not glued yet, so it might be done.

 

 

Thanks Guindyloo!

 

I am thinking about how to integrate more "story" into the piece... as you see, there is no much room to add any villain (I am thinking in a "defend the TARDIS!" scene or something like that), I even gave some thought into scratchbuilding a couple Daleks... but there is simply no room there.

 

Suggestions?

An ominous shadow on the brickwork from off-base?

 

Excellent job, btw. And FWIW, I love Eccleston as an actor ("Shallow Grave", anyone?) but I am unimpressed with him as the Doctor. Overall, the writing improves under Moffat, IMO and Matt Smith is my favorite of the new Drs. Tom Baker is always the Doctor to me, though.

 

YMMV, IMHO, etc.  :;):

 

 

Shadows is what I've been thinking about since last month, but didn't want to mention it first so I got fresher ideas. Like off-base monsters looming over them! But then I need to decide... shadow only on the brickwork? Shadows extending over the minis (I am unsure to pull that one off)? How big? How small? How would this play with the assumed zenital lightning in the paintjob (since a strong shadow looming would mean a strong light source... should I also then paint shadows for the Doctor, Amy and the TARDIS??

 

What do you think?

 

PS: Eccleston... I quite like him in the Leftovers, which my wife is making me watch  :;):

PS2: Doctor Who World Tour, anyone? I am making plans to be at the tour end in Rio... the kid is loving the idea, the wife also (plus, Copacabana beaches), and I could use a weekend off  :devil:

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