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So I'm about to enter a small painting contest and while I think I'm *ok* I have a few specific questions on how to achieve a certain look.  

 

I want to paint my bones Kaladrax from the original kickstarter.  And I want him to be either guarding a candy horde OR be made of candy.  Maybe both.  

 

My question is, what's the best way to get a nice chocolaty finish?  I figure the leathery part of his wings can be something like sour-patch-kids texture, his claws can be 'candy coated' which is semiglossy, but his bones could just be chocolate.  I just want to make sure I get that sheen right.  

 

Also is there a good way to paint something to look transparent?  Any tutorials would be super helpful.  I thought maybe I'd do a few bits as "twizzler" or gummy or jolly rancher.  I want to give those areas the translucent look without doing too make conversions (I just want to paint, ideally, since I'm already doing a big mini with a big of a diorama.  Conversions seem even more over-the-top.)  

 

The other option would be to give him a 'sugar skull' look.  He's already a skeleton so that might be pretty.  And I could still surround him with candy.  Or maybe just do his skull that way?  Any opinions would be welcome.  

 

Oh also I have a 3d printer so I could print some fake candy to add to his base and cover the rocks and stuff a little.  and also some REAL candy, because why not.

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Sounds fun!  As for transparency, check out gemstone-painting tutorials.  Search for "miniature painting gemstones."  You'll get good images and several video tutes detailing the process.

 

Real candy would be easiest if it works with your scale.  Maybe experiment with a few pieces to figure out what glue works and what sealer won't melt it.

 

For the chocolate, you should find some good images, or even a real piece, of chocolates and work it from there.

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52 minutes ago, BLZeebub said:

Sounds fun!  As for transparency, check out gemstone-painting tutorials.  Search for "miniature painting gemstones."  You'll get good images and several video tutes detailing the process.

 

Real candy would be easiest if it works with your scale.  Maybe experiment with a few pieces to figure out what glue works and what sealer won't melt it.

 

For the chocolate, you should find some good images, or even a real piece, of chocolates and work it from there.

 

 

Thanks, the gemstone thing is a great suggestion, I'll look into that.  

 

I did a little googling and saw someone saying their army looked like it was made out of chocolate after being primed in brown, and I actually have some brown primer so I'll try that on the limbs since they're separate.  Hopefully it'll look right without much work.  

 

I might use actual candy and seal it but I think it'd be better to avoid that when possible just for the longevity of the mini.  But I'm not above doing that if needed.  

 

Thanks!

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Just for reference, a friend has a coffee table with gummy bears supporting the glass (like 100 bears).  Nothing sealing them.  Sugar does not degrade with time in any real way.  The only thing that can happen to it is getting eaten or eroded.  As long as it's covered (protected from ants), candy corn for instance will last easily as any modelling material.

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There is a product called Triple Thick that makes things incredibly glossy, and even more so if you use a few coats. I would try that over a light wash of color for the hard candy. Make sure to post some pics when you can, Id love to see how it all turns out. 

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20 hours ago, Jocierk said:

There is a product called Triple Thick that makes things incredibly glossy, and even more so if you use a few coats. I would try that over a light wash of color for the hard candy. Make sure to post some pics when you can, Id love to see how it all turns out. 

 

Ooo that sounds cool.  Though it actually made me realize I have some clear nail polish that might achieve a similar effect.  Hopefully that works ok.  Thanks!

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6 minutes ago, Highlander said:

Why chocolate?  Assuming a brown, how will that mesh will the rainbow of the other candies?  Not saying you can't, or it won't, but I'm curious.

 

Any candy cane effects? 

 

Picture a chocolate donut with sprinkles!  It'll work, I think.  Neutral colors with bright colors look great, it'll make them pop.  

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Making progress.  The brown primer really made it look like chocolate, but I felt like I needed to shade those areas rather than leaving them solid.. Probably a mistake, but the part I tried it on has the complete wrong finish for chocolate so we'll see what I do next.  I have some spray that's glossy and some that's matte.  I think I'll try glossy first...  we'll see!  

 

The skull is "done enough for me," the claws are good though the chocolate still needs shading to match the body now...  And I just got some white sand that'll work perfect as sugar coating for the wing leather.  

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