mardi 8 novembre 2016

Legging it

After some base-coating and painting, it was time for real-conditions test for the varnish stamp technique. Here are the early results. I had not assembled the minis themselves, as to apply the stamp, you really want to have as much room to maneuver around your piece as you can; even so, you can't always reach all of it. I have not yet decided what to do with the spaces the stamp won't reach. Freehand them? Leave them be? After all, the holo-field on a harlequin's suit doesn't have to cover every inch, does it?

So, when it works (like the thighs of the bottom-left and middle legs), it *really* works. In a couple of seconds you get a beautiful, neat, geometric pattern. When it doesn't (everywhere else), it looks miserable and you might as well repaint the whole area. 

In this first batch I had to repaint most of the lower legs and sometimes all of the legs. Overall, about 2 out of 6 legs were good on the first go, which is not bad for a first "real" attempt.

At this point, I'm thinking I just need to practice and try again until it looks good. Stamping is a particular knack. It has to be done quickly and smoothly, with no corrections mid-stroke (although you can correct a little afterwards with a thin brush and paint or varnish, depending on the area). I figure once I get it down, it will make things considerably easier, quicker and neater. At least that's the hope.

3 commentaires:

  1. Bonjour et bienvenu sur le Blog.
    ca commence fort.
    vivement la suite.
    PS: si tu ne fais rien de tes spaces marines je ne fais rien de mes arlequins.

  2. Merci! Je continue d'avancer, mais maintenant c'est les éclaircissements qui me tracassent :) je n'ai pas de spaces marines (j'ai partagé Death Masque ave un copain ici), mais plus d'arlequins, c'est toujours intéressant ^^

  3. Je pensais à un troc... pas à un don.
    Courage pour les éclaircissements !