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77008: Garrick the Bold: Xiwo Xerase's time trial #1

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Originally, there wasn't going to be a WIP thread for this since I expected to finish in a single evening.  That didn't happen.  And I've been sick this week.


With "20" miniatures waiting to be painted (not to include Bones 4 coming next month), I need to decrease the amount of time it takes to paint a miniature, defined as going from "primered" to "ready to be sealed".  For this and the next few time trials, I will be focusing on basecoat/wash/drybrush and then neatening up as required, aiming for tabletop quality.


After about three and a half hours, Garrick has been basecoated and washed.  (The black paint for the base will be done last.)  The colors are intended to be the same as for 14352: Unforgiven, Crusader Grunt.



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Two things to improve so far:

  • Basecoating took so long because the paints were overthinned, meaning it took more than two coats to get good coverage.  The only paint that didn't have this issue is the Polished Leather used for his belt.
  • The buildup of the base around the integrated base was done using Liquitex blended fibers texture gel, which I found to be less than desirable.  I had hoped the texture gel would yield a texture similar to the broccoli base.  The blended fibers texture gel shrinks a lot when it dries though.  What's seen here is the result after two or three coats.  I would probably have needed another four or five to actually get a rounded hill.  I don't plan to use it again, unless I have a lot more time or I build up a substrate under it first.  I plan to primarily use stamped greenstuff for bases in the future.


Things left to do:

  • Drybrush.
  • Line.
  • Deepen some shadows, bring out some highlights.
  • Glaze the armor to add more shadow and knock down the reflectivity.  (Note to self: Take a TMM class at ReaperCon this year, if possible.)


Constructive comments appreciated.

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Another two hours of works brings us to this:


(as always, click on the images to see larger ones)


Since the last pictures, I drybrushed, lined, and edge-highlighted the sword blade.  I also tried making the ornament in the hilt into something like a pearl (although I'm concerned it's just a touch too bright).


Does anyone have some suggestions for small things to be done before I call this one done?


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2 minutes ago, Xiwo Xerase said:

I wasn’t planning on it. I haven’t had good experiences with flock so far.


When I use sand / flock, I glue it on with PVA, when dry I spray a little antishine varnish on it.

It sticks well after that.


If you're going to leave the base as is, then I recommend painting it in an earth tone to stand out from the armor.

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53 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

When I use sand / flock, I glue it on with PVA, when dry I spray a little antishine varnish on it.

It sticks well after that.


If you're going to leave the base as is, then I recommend painting it in an earth tone to stand out from the armor.

My issue with flock is that it tends to get everywhere, including small bits with PVA glue attached.  I agree that flock or maybe small tufts would break up the seam around the integrated base.


I'd like to keep the base looking like stone, which is what I'm trying to go for.  I suppose I could try heavily drybrushing a red-gray (e.g. Redstone) or light brown (e.g. Tanned Leather) so it looks more varied.

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I didn't bother to time this.


I drybrushed the base with Basic Dirt, Redstone, Redstone Highlight, and Linen White (on top of the existing Stone Grey and Linen White) and added a tuft of grass, cloven in twain.



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After the glue is dry, should I go back and trim some of the fray blades of grass or leave them as is?


Anything else to do before calling Sir Forscale finished?

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