Thursday, March 26, 2015

Water Wierd Translucent from Bones II

     This week I also completed the blue translucent Water Weird figure from Bones II.  I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying.  I then glued it to a 1" black-primed fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and glued the washers to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer's White Glue.
     First, I gave the "creature" part of the figure a heavy wash with Iron Wind Metals "Dark Blue" ink.  I used a brush I had dipped in water, to help thin the ink slightly.
       When the ink was good and dry, I drybrushed the figure with plain white. I then painted the vessel and washer with Apple Barrel "Rock Grey".
     When the grey paint was thoroughly dry, I gave the vessel a wash with thinned Black ink. When the ink was dry, I gave the vessel a good drybrushing with the base "Rock Grey", and then some lighter highlights with Americana "Dove Grey".
     The next morning I gave the figure a coat of  Ceramcoat "Mate Varnish".  The following day, I sprayed the figure with "Testor's Dullcote".  After the Dullcote had had  a day to dry, I painted the "water" part with Americana "DuraClear Gloss Varnish".
    I'm really pleased with how this figure turned out.  I really like the texture juxtaposition between the wet water and the gritty old vessel.


  1. Fine work. Does the dullcote reduce the translucence too much?

    1. I wouldn't say "too much", but it does reduce it a little. However, on a figure like this, where I painted back over the Dullcote with a gloss varnish, really helped restore the translucence.
      You can see the reduction better on the Haunts and Fire translucent figures, where the effect is a light frosting of the surface.