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Dragons Don't Share Ruins.. taking the plunge

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Since one of my September goals is to at least start the terrain for Dragons Don't Share, I figured I should get cracking.. I opened the box a couple of weeks ago and after a couple of unsuccessful sessions with boiling / cooling, I resigned myself to basing of some sort.  

I picked up a slab of hobby plywood at the local hardware store and then proceeded to burn my dremel out trying to use it like a jigsaw.  Since we were in between paydays, any further expenses had to wait.  So, in the interim, I glued the top of the tower together and green-stuffed the spaces..

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This morning, I picked up a jigsaw and cut up some pieces.. (you can see the burned wood where I was ruining my dremel)

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As a test, I have glued the smallest piece to the wood - I abortively used Contact Cement, which didn't stop the warpage even after it dried.  A Bunch of superglue later, I was ready for a base layer.

Stormy Grey, followed by a wash of RedStone, followed by a wash of Stormy Grey (to cut the redness somewhat) and a thin wash of Misty Grey.

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After all that, I remembered that I had picked up Stone Wash on a whim a while back (after doing Narthrax's rocks maybe?), so after this mess dries and I get done with the kids for the evening, I'll see what that does to it ..

 

There's a lot of stone here and this is going to take me a good long while to do :)

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For the record, Stone Wash (09311) is *really* dark and hid everything I've done previously...

 

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I blotted the small rock on the lower edge while the Stone Wash was still wet, and now looks somewhat (to my eye at least) like natural grey slate or granite instead of a coal seam ( maybe that's why it's a ruins - learning the hard way that making your castle out of Coal was a bad idea ).

 

I'll spend this afternoon after church redoing the lightening process :D  Thinking another Redstone wash, followed by another Stormy Grey wash and topped with a Misty Grey wash .. then we'll see where we're at.  If that works, I'll simplify the other pieces down to Stormy Grey base-coat, Stone Wash and then repeat what I am doing this afternoon...

 

more to follow

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A Redstone wash and a mixed stormy/misty grey wash later .. and we're nearly back where we were yesterday, although I'm not really sold on this and might still dip it in Simple Green and start over.

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Ehh.. I'll sleep on it and see what I think of it in the morning.

 

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Just now, Glitterwolf said:

@knarthex has a great recipe for stoneworks and @Pochi did a great job on her DDS piece.

Maybe look for how they did it?

Thanks, sparkly one!

 

It just depends on what kind of look you are wanting when you're finished. I wish I could get at least 2 more sets of just the ruins because I have ideas!

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6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

@knarthex has a great recipe for stoneworks and @Pochi did a great job on her DDS piece.

Maybe look for how they did it?

Thanks - I had looked at both of those before, will take another look now that my first try isn't looking good to me.

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So.. I slept on it..

 

Still don't like how it's turning out and the piece is now bathing in Simple Green while I glue a couple of the other pieces to their bases and re-read the @Pochi and @knarthex posts mentioned earlier..

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Finally getting around to retrying this.  

This time around, I'm trying a redstone base and I think it's coming along pretty nicely..

 

I was terrible at getting WIP shots along the way this time,  but here's the foot of the stairs piece.  Based in Redstone, then covered in a Stormy Grey wash, then covered in a Misty Grey wash, then another Redstone wash (mostly to fill the cracks back in and bring a bit more redness back into things), then a light Misty Grey drybrush (my first ever attempt at such a thing!) along the edges and high-points.

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The dragon's perch got the same treatment..

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And on to the next piece - the main stairs.. basecoated this morning (I might need a new bottle of Redstone before this is done...)

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I still haven't decided whether I want a desert-style, winter-style or grassy-style base .. so haven't touched anything on the  'ground' yet..   

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31 minutes ago, Pochi said:

That's a great look on the stonework!

Thanks! I'm liking it, but do think it looks better in person.

 

My kids, of course, think it looks like rust! lol

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A bit more done last night..

Added the Misty Grey wash to the main arches... which promptly pooled up on the large flat surface at the top.. so that might need a complete redo to look right again.. I'll see after I get the last redstone wash on that section.

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And a bit of work on the treasure (not sure I'm satisfied with any of this, so will probably do a bit of rework..)

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I'm not entirely sure what the object in the lower right of the treasure pile is supposed to be, so for now, it's mahogany brown like a misshapen chest or something.. (and I really need more wood colors - Mahogany and Chestnut by themselves aren't cutting it anymore!)

For reference, this is the rock structure that I wanted to sort-of copy.. 

 

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(photo credit: who knows.. is a wallpaper I downloaded years ago!)

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17 hours ago, eldamir said:

A bit more done last night..

Added the Misty Grey wash to the main arches... which promptly pooled up on the large flat surface at the top.. so that might need a complete redo to look right again.. I'll see after I get the last redstone wash on that section.

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And a bit of work on the treasure (not sure I'm satisfied with any of this, so will probably do a bit of rework..)

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I'm not entirely sure what the object in the lower right of the treasure pile is supposed to be, so for now, it's mahogany brown like a misshapen chest or something.. (and I really need more wood colors - Mahogany and Chestnut by themselves aren't cutting it anymore!)

For reference, this is the rock structure that I wanted to sort-of copy.. 

 

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(photo credit: who knows.. is a wallpaper I downloaded years ago!)

It's reading a bit "chalky" but like you said, you haven't washed it with the red wash again. It definitely looks worn!

 

I would suggest using a wash on the treasure. It will define the coins and other bits better. I use Army Painter Soft Tone but you can make your own wash easily enough.

 

The object that you are questioning is an armor chest piece. There are also books, tiny chests and boxes, scrolls, swords, bags, pouches, beads, and a magic lamp. The treasure was fun to paint with all of the goodies!

 

I like the reddish stone look you have going. Can't wait to see more!

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