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Auberon Finally Starts Painting One of His Garage Kits

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Thanks, but I currently have airbrush envy. If I had one it should be quite the time-saver on these big models. So instead of painting I'm looking at spending money, but even after narrowing it down there are still a lot of options.

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OK, I still painted something.  This is a bit tricky.  Not only is her head turned to the side, it is also tilted a few degrees.  As you look at it the light should be coming from right to left so that is how I placed the highlights.  Unfortunately this is one of those times where I won't be able to tell if they're correct or not until after she's assembled.  The good news is that as long as they're close I should be able to just glaze on some shadows to adjust.  Given that I'm going to set this aside until later.





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It was cold when I got up this morning so I decided to go buy ingredients to make chili. Of course, now it's like 60 out but I bought it so I'm making it.  The nice thing about chili though is once it's going it cooks itself leaving the cook free... to paint.


1st up, the Auberon version of jade green.  The highlighting is almost NMM style but the shading isn't.  I guess I couldn't decide on what I wanted in the middle of painting.




Next her lips got some color.  As someone whose never worn lipstick or really paid that close of attention, this made me decide there will be some image searches in the near future. 




And now it's time to check the food.  At this point I need to bite the bullet and finish the skin on her face so I can start calling parts of her done. 

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I always say, if you're going to have insomnia you might as well have productive insomnia.  Fortunately that's not normally an issue for me so I don't have to say it very often. First I took some time to glaze the skin and smooth a few spots out.  You probably can't tell from the pics; I can't tell much in person but it makes me feel better.  Also, ochre became gold.




Then I decided to make her gemstones ruby.  Turns out shading tiny gemstones doesn't really show up very well at her scale so instead I went over her earrings with a vibrant red to try and make them stand out at 3 feet. Not super successful there either.  There are some larger gems elsewhere that I'll give proper shading to. 




All of that was done during normal waking hours, which brings us to the last three hours of mini magic.  She needs some more accessories that are not included in her kit.  First off the giant spikey thing that frames her head (does that piece of costume even have a proper name?) needs to have a chain in the front.  I tried the smallest ultra-cheap chain I found at the local store, but it was still slightly off scale.  Thus, it is time to make some.  Below I have some tiny tiny wire, 0.16mm or some such, and some tiny glass beads, around 1.5mm in size.  I used one of my bits to size the loops.  At the very far left you can see one section I made without a bead.  Not much use here, but maybe later.  The loops on the bottom are some braided wire that I made and then turned into loops.  There is an in-process section on the bit.




The sections were connected by the braided loops for assembly and placed in front of the piece to make sure I had enough.  I though 4 would do it andddddddd.... I was correct.




After all that we may as well see how it looks.  Turns out I had to handle everything so much to hook the chain on that I'm tempted to leave it in place and paint around it.  I might rub paint off if I reassemble at the end.




OK, really done for the night now.  I shall make the effort to sleep.

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And I did paint something.  I painted a shoe, or at least started one.  The TMM is in-progress, with a sloppy shadow wash over the metallic base.  Some of the wash ended up too thick, so I may need to mix some DMM to fix it quickly.




The shoe wasn't all I worked on.  The plan is to finish up the background piece while I'm working on her other piece of footwear.




There is also a pointless gem on the back.  I say pointless because I doubt anyone will ever see it, but I guess I'll go ahead and paint it.  I think I'll save up a few of these so I only have to get those paints out for one session.




There will definitely be no painting tomorrow, but maybe some TMM will happen Tuesday.


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My planned paint session turned into oh, I forgot to clean one of my brushes last time so I better clean that first.  After that I did a bit of painting, but the metallic alone isn't covering some of the misplaced shadows very well.  Looks like I will need to mix some DMM next time.



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