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"Waylaid By An Enemy" ReaperCon 2019 Diorama

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Great job, I really like the NMM on the swords. Personally I would do something with the wood, it feels too light colored and draws the eye from your beautiful figures.

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21 minutes ago, SGHawkins09 said:

Great job, I really like the NMM on the swords. Personally I would do something with the wood, it feels too light colored and draws the eye from your beautiful figures.

I can't decide between painting it and staining it. I think stain would look better, but I'm not sure...

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1 hour ago, HolkDiggity said:

I can't decide between painting it and staining it. I think stain would look better, but I'm not sure...

 

 I usually paint them black but I think a dark stain would fit your scene better.

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I like the idea of a stain. ( stain > > > jet black paint )

 

Pro tips:

—test the stain for looks first on one of the other bases from “the cheap three pack”.

—get a foam sanding block (220 grit +) and smoothen the base a bit before applying stain7343-030_S.jpg

Foam sanding block 

 

—use a tacky cloth to remove (wipe away) any residual dust after sanding and before staining

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Tacky Cloth (aka tack cloth)

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I would paint it black all though I would prep it much the same as I would if I was staining it. Black will keep everyone focused on the scene and the eye will not drift down to the base. Your other option would be to match one of the greens on the base. Black, however, will make it like its floating. 

 

Is is this a heavily converted piece? Seems more like a diorama entry than an open entry. You might go back to the Reaper Con section and read the threads for open and diorama and look at how the scores are weighted for judging.

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7 hours ago, Heisler said:

I would paint it black all though I would prep it much the same as I would if I was staining it. Black will keep everyone focused on the scene and the eye will not drift down to the base. Your other option would be to match one of the greens on the base. Black, however, will make it like its floating. 

 

Is is this a heavily converted piece? Seems more like a diorama entry than an open entry. You might go back to the Reaper Con section and read the threads for open and diorama and look at how the scores are weighted for judging.

Its definitely a diorama. The whole base is scratch built!

 

I'm going to go with a stain. I have some here, as well as one of those sanding blocks, so I'll test it out and see if it matches.

 

Thanks for all the kind words, everyone!

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  another vote for polyurethane one-step stain and sealer. If it was a scene of mostly stone, pillars, etc. then Black paint might be better, but a dark stain allowing just a tiny bit of the wood grain to  show thru would really set off the greenery IMO. They also offer the stain in black but there's a color called Espresso you might consider, very ,very dark Brown , almost  black.

 

Minwax  PolyShades  is what i used for a home project, easy peezy

 

awesome scene btw, makes you wonder right "who will win this?'

 

Maybe do a follow up scene, one of the combatants gets their head either chopped off or caved in ;)

 

  

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10 minutes ago, Fencig said:

  another vote for polyurethane one-step stain and sealer. If it was a scene of mostly stone, pillars, etc. then Black paint might be better, but a dark stain allowing just a tiny bit of the wood grain to  show thru would really set off the greenery IMO. They also offer the stain in black but there's a color called Espresso you might consider, very ,very dark Brown , almost  black.

 

Minwax  PolyShades  is what i used for a home project, easy peezy

 

awesome scene btw, makes you wonder right "who will win this?'

 

Maybe do a follow up scene, one of the combatants gets their head either chopped off or caved in ;)

 

  

I have some of the dark shade here that I think I'm going to go with. I used it a few Christmases back for gifts for my D&D group. (See image)

 

A follow up would be great! Maybe something way in the future, like this same scene but with snow covering both of their bones and an animal walking by, unaware of the fight that once took place here!

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Great dynamic scene you have created here and the painting also looks fantastic. The nmm turned out great as well as the faces and all other details. Good colour selection and good base on top. Thumbs up!!!

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