Let's take a look.
|This week I was able to finish the base for Valdor. The plan all along was to spray the entire base with AK Interactive Ultra Matte varnish and then cover the marble areas with gloss varnish.|
The AK Ultra Matte dulled the entire piece right down, so when the 'ardcoat gloss was added to the marble it made it really pop.
After the gloss was on, I used some weathering pigments to dirty the piece right up and then after sealing the pigments I washed it with Wyldwood Contrast paint and drybrushed the dirt with some browns to lighten it up a bit.
With the dirt done, I used some more AK Ultra Matte and dulled it back down again. This was followed by some more gloss on the marble to bring the color and shine back up. That gloss coat really makes that green marble work. It's almost a shame that it partially covered in dirt.
Now that the base is completely finished, I can get back to work on the man himself.
As of right now, the armor is well on its way to completion. I currently have the legs and chest all painted.
So far I am really liking this way of painting gold and the Vallejo Aluminum Air paint that I picked up last week is doing wonders. I am completely sold that this silver is the greatest spot highlight ever created. Big props to my buddy, Greg, for pointing me in the direction of both the matte and the aluminum air.
I am so pumped on this project at the moment. It's been 2 years in the making, and damn has it been worth it.
I'm glad I didn't try painting this when I first got him. I don't think I'd have been able to do him justice before now.
That's all for now though.
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