Saturday, May 30, 2015

WIP: The Great Cyclopean Gemstone Heist! - Reworking the Base & Framing the Painting.

Mini-update on the Museum piece.

While working on the Ravenloft painting, I kept looking at the base for the Great Cyclopean Gemstone Heist and thinking that it was too large. I blocked it off to look smaller and knew that I needed to cut it down.

So I bit the bullet and cut the base and wall down on both sides. 

It was kind of tricky to do, because I didn't realize my tablesaw's blade was that dull. And it knocked loose some of the flooring, so I have to repair that now. It also cut into the sides a little funny, which means I need to gap fill or sand pieces down.

Worst case scenario, I have to build a new base piece.

Now that the base is resized, I could frame the John Carter of Mars painting. I had bought some dollhouse trim from Hobby Lobby months ago, just for that purpose. With a little bit of miter work and adjustments, the frame was easily made and ready for paint.

I decided on a gold frame and after a prime of black I started with Vallejo Old Gold, followed by a wash of Nuin Oil and drybrushings of Vallejo Old Gold, Gold and GW Runefang Steel. It turned out pretty well, though I did need to knock down the silver of the Runefang Steel in some spots.

The frame was attached to the wall with a single peg and superglue around it. It took a bit of work to get it to lay flat, thanks to the paper of the painting being warped due to wet paint and water. But it looks great and it's even better on the wall with the base in place.

Since I had to refocus the base, that means I have no use for the Ravenloft painting, which sits on the table half painted. Maybe I can find a use for it in a castle scene or something later on?