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So I decided to base my grave wraith on one of those cool tea lights run off a 2032 battery. I will be adding some basing and then decide how to best paint this one. I have heard some people throw a varnish on it then do a nice wash, would hitting it with a can of testors dullcote then using a wash work? any suggestions is appreciated:) 

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And I thought I was in the WIP forum:( can a MOD please move it:) sorry

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I'm one of the people who've used the Tamiya Clear paints to what I like to think is good effect - lemme pull up my Grave Wraith so you can see what it looks like.  This is basically a coat of Tamiya Clear Green to give definition.





If doing a wash and varnish, I've found ink washes work a lot better on the translucent bones than standard paints, and I'd thin the wash with acrylic medium.

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So not real happy how it turned out (especially the base), but here's the wraith all dry-brushed and base painted. I just need some drybrush on the base and details on the skull and I am calling it done:( Not happy, but my wife says i'm too hard on myself, especially since this is my fully completed miniature in like 15 years:( 595d46dd7b6fb_77097gravewraithdrybrushfrontreaper.jpg.b04e2ca7af0e6d77c2f8a606f61d2b4e.jpg595d46fbe91c7_77097gravewraithdrybrushbackreaper.jpg.ef2ebba3af22a0f2ae879a5e5703017f.jpg

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You're definitely being too hard on yourself. You'll feel a lot better about the base once you've cleaned up the white part. Painting it solid black would be your best choice (non-scenic, necessary parts of the base are almost always painted black so that they fade away) but if you wanted to leave it white, I'd just paint over the parts where the brown got on it so that it's uniform. Cleaning that up will quickly make it look a lot better.


I would consider putting a dark wash on the base before drybrushing to get more definition and contrast and also just to darken that area up in general so that it's your wraith that stands out more. I would then go very easy on the drybrushing.


Some very subtle highlighting on the wraith itself would make things pop. I would start with a green just a little bit brighter than what your overall colour has wound up being and you could take it all the way up to yellow if you wanted... but even just doing something just subtly greener I think would make a big difference.


@OneBoot when you have a minute, can you please move this thread to the WIP forum?

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Leave this one as is, it looks great.  I agree the paint will finish it.  The other option is to turn the base into part of the mini.  Paint or attach bits to make it look like a  pillar or grave marker.  Add some ominous runes maybe.


As your next light up project: if you feel ambitious, the Reaper bases are big enough to hold a flat "watch" battery.  With some fiddling around you can make a light up model on a regular base.


but...be warned it will likely take more time than painting the model.  I bought a bunch of LEDs with the intention of having glowing balls of fire...stopped after one because I found if fiddly.

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That's probably what I'll do, just been too busy to finish it:) As for doing the LED into a base, I decided NOT to go that route after I saw this:


Was easier to just keep the tealight base:) Next time, if and when, I do the wraith again I will make sure to center the fender washer so I can drill straight up into it so more of the light will illuminate. Better yet, maybe just drill wraith first THEN base it!

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Wow that is an over-engineered way to do it.


I used thin card to break the curcuit with the wires wrapped around the battery.  I made the bottom wire stick out a tiny bit so you completed the circuit (turned it on) by putting it down flat.


I agree that drilling before anything else is the best thing to do.  I also experimented with breaking the housing on the LED. By making it flat the light shone upwards more and diffused better.

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