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Thanks everyone for the kindness. I was pulling my hair out for a few days trying to figure out what on earth the light would do around that skull in the lantern, and how to paint skull shadows onto the base. I almost painted it as if the lantern panes were crystal, including the skull, to explain how the light was uniform coming out. In the end, I did as you said and remembered an old stand up skit about "if a problem comes along, *splack* just spackle it!" So, I puttied out the skull to preserve my sanity.

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