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Sunday, August 20, 2017

The canal - Intro

As I was navigating through the NET, I discovered this photo:
 This gave me inspiration for my next diorama. Although no matter how much I tried to find that place or the origin of the photo for additional info, I wasn't successful. So I made a little sketch as a starting point to see how things will go. My 1st intention was to build it at N scale on a lid as a base but after buying some proper sized photo frames, I decided for 1/87. A lot of scratchbuilding will be required, from the derelict boat(s) to the building facade and the handrails.
Till next time.....

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Eat your veggies" retouched

Due to this diorama was made in a rush for participating in the annual IPMS contest back in 2015, there were a lot of things that I didn't like about it: The ground color, some color spots on the road, the same color and exaggerating dusting of every bush etc. etc. Although I don't touch a model after it's finished, I made an exception here. I corrected literally everything, from the highlights and shadows on the figures to the asphalt color and the variety and color of vegetation. Some more streaking on the ad. , more dust on the car surfaces, better ground color variation ( I hated that ochre tone ), changed the places of the figures, added a road sign, made darker the left overs of the eaten bodies and so on.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Part 3 - Final

I painted the bird and used white wood glue as a medium gel to create the light wrinkles that imitate a soft breeze over the lake. It took more than 2 passes to achieve the effect I wanted and a lot of experimentation about how thick would be the glue. Different ratios with water and different brushes create different effects. The new tree armature was made , painted and gained some foliage. 

And the final dio. Thanks for watching.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2nd part

After the basic colors I added the buildings permanently so I could
decide where the trees and the the folliage fit better. As always I use
an appropriate oil color ( green here ) as a base for the grass and the buses.

I wasn't satisfied with the roofs of the buildings so I took them apart
and recreated them. At that stage I also painted the boat and altered
some colors   ( i.e. the rocks ) to add some variety and contrast.

During the roof removal the tree took some damage so I had
to rebuild a fresh one. This is the second, a 3d was made to satisfy me.

I even made a wild goose with wire, wood putty and
paper to add a living element in the scene.

Next comes the water, some details and the tree remake.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

1st part

I decided to use my "wooden" shack and the covered warehouse from Res. Evil dio to create a small scene by the lake. Inspiration came from many images of the North American lakes. The motivation is from a Nirvana ice cream lid that will be the base of the dio.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Creating Scale concrete.

As many people ask me how I make and paint my concrete, I made a post to explain it.

First of all the materials and the basic colors : I use wall putty and lately wood putty over cardboard or cork sheets to create some texture.

 This is the texture I 'm talking about. Expect some warping due to moisture.

 You can scratch the surface with a modelling knife before applying the putty to add variety and make some damage. If it gets too rough you can sand it to places.

There is no perfect color for cement and I use Tamiya acrylic XF-12 J.N. Grey that I believe is very close to the actual thing ( there is a green tint in it ).

Highly dilluted with alcohol or straight from the jar, this type of "painting" is the 1st step also for weathering. Here we prefer brush than airbrush so the coverage of the putty is different from spot to spot.

With white oil that rested on a cardboard for a day or more I make highlights with a rubbing motion ( poor brushes!! )....

 ...and then the same tactic with Naples Yellow Hue oil to give a light tint of yellow at spots. The oils become transparent as they dry so you can correct or add more.

We protect the surface with matt varnish so we can add Raw umber oil wash on spots all around and blend it accordingly. If it turns very dark you can correct it with white again. Each layer you add gives depth to the model. You can add a light wash of Naples yellow on spots that accumulate dust. Here I splashed some dots of raw umber oil and blended some of them that looked too dark.

                                                     How I treat the material: 
                                   We cut 1.5 mm cardboard in stripes to create the stairs.

    White glue.

Creating cracks and damage. Adding "cement" lines at the sides.

                                                  After wood putty and sanding.

 This cement was painted in that way. I used cork instead of cardboard and wood putty to make it smoother. A green filter was needed to match to color of the cement stairs, as the latter was made months ago.