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Well, I'm finally doing it. I'm going to start painting Ma'al. I think I've gotten enough figured out with Mini Ma'al that I can start. At the very least I'm going to start prepping him for painting...that might take a while. Blue liner and mold line removal are first! Not going to boil him because I can live with the slight bend in the wing(maybe, we'll see how I feel before I liner that wing.) Probably won't post more pictures until after I've linered him. 

 

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Not sure on removing it, but you might be able to smooth it out with green stuff or something similar.

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33 minutes ago, Gargs said:

Not sure on removing it, but you might be able to smooth it out with green stuff or something similar.

 

If a super sharp new xacto blade isn't doing it right, I'd try smoothing it out with gloss resin. 

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1 hour ago, Cyradis said:

 

If a super sharp new xacto blade isn't doing it right, I'd try smoothing it out with gloss resin. 

 

Probably need to change the blade on my xacto. Will try that tomorrow.

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Bones is awful with a dull blade unlike metal which can be burnished. Sharp should help a lot. May still want resin ready to smooth harsh cuts though. 

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48 minutes ago, Cyradis said:

Bones is awful with a dull blade unlike metal which can be burnished. Sharp should help a lot. May still want resin ready to smooth harsh cuts though. 

 

What kind of resin would I need? I've not really had the problem of a mold line like this that I absolutely can't live with.

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16 hours ago, SparrowMarie said:

Any ideas on how to remove this mold line?

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Best tool I found was an electric jewelry rotary tool I found at Michael's. With the right point, you can smooth it out pretty nicely and even resurface other edges. Though admittedly, this wing is a bit more challenging.

 

It's what I used to clean up large pieces like Kaladrax.

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Image result for vallejo paint gloss resin

 

It is thick and will obstruct detail - in this case, use it to smooth out mold lines or harsh trimmed edges. Not perfect, but it has helped a ton. My demoness had a big ol' mold line on her left leg near her crotch that I just couldn't get to with a file or xacto without risking damage, but I was able to smooth it to normalcy with a few layers of this. Then paint on top of it. 

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10 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

I believe that @Guindyloo uses 'Ardcoat or some such to go over the mold line until it's level with everything else, but she'd be able to explain it better than I could.

Yes, I use 'Ardcoat and in fact, used 'Ardcoat for the exact wing moldline in question. I use 'Ardcoat because it is specifically what Jessica Rich suggested to me, but it is my understanding that any thick, glossy brush-on sealer will work.

What you want to do is glob it on along the moldline (but be careful around smaller details that you don't want to obliterate) and then drag it out so that it thins as you get further away. Basically, you want to fill in on either side of the ridge to make a smooth bump. Let it dry for a good 10 minutes, then take whatever your base paint is and paint over it. Let that dry and see how it looks. You will most likely need to repeat the process a few times.

I remember that particular mold line was pretty nasty; I looked back through my 7 day WIP thread to see if I made note of it but it doesn't appear that I did, but I do remember that I was able to take care of it with 'Ardcoat.

 

ETA: I think I brushed on the 'Ardcoat vertically with the ridges for this particular mold line so as not to fill in the spaces in between the ridges. If you build the layers slowly and make your globs very tight up against the moldline itself it will likely take more layers, but you will lose less detail.

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Going to get the base coat on the whole body down before I do another layer of red. Why I decided on yellow over blue liner I couldn't tell you... Still needs a few layers.

 

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I am trying to hide the mold lines, found a few others that could use doing before I continue much more on the body. I swear I boiled that wing...

 

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I planned on painting then assembling but I'm finding son big gaps that I'm not sure I can live with. So I'm working on the base. It'll be pretty simple stone with some mossy bits.

 

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