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I have these plastic LotR mini busts for practice before going to a fancy one. Got 10 for $15 or so on Ebay a while back. The material is gummy, unlike Bones, and even a sharp Xacto doesn't take off mold lines. But hey, cheap practice! 

 

Work so far on Elrond.

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I tried doing the doodly trim on the shirt in True Silver. Decided that the resolution on the figure is too crummy for that, and also that metallics are a pain in the butt for scrolling (expected that, but tested). Covered the metallic and redid the purple shading. Going to NMM the doodles and the headband because metallics are goopy. Also base coated the coat. 

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I was able to super duper sloppy wet blend it. Humidity helped, then I put drying retardant in with my glazes. The bigger surface meant that I could fuzz transitions really well. Slap some paint on, rinse brush, poke it with damp brush a bit. Totally couldn't do that back in CO!

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Doodles done on the tunic. They are part of the sculpt but have terrible resolution. I'd do more work if either it was true freehand, or it had decent resolution. As-is, it isn't worth doing more on it I think. 

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