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Baranovich01 Mar 2018 10:00 a.m. PST

In advancing my level of modeling and painting I finally advanced to using spray primers and spray paints as basecoats for larger models like terrain pieces.

For the Ophidian Archway, I looked at it and instantly knew that this couldn't be basecoated with a brush-on paint. It would gunk up the detail trying to get in all the cracks and crevices. Only way to properly retain all the detail was to basecoat with sprays.

This was a four-step process. I started with Krylon's Colormaster flat black paint + primer. This was followed by a second thin spray coat of Rustoleum's satin stone gray paint + primer.

After the spray coating was all dry, I took GW's Reikland Flesh Shade and washed the entire model. After that was dry I did a drybrush of GW's Pallid Wych Flesh.

The final result is a nice, layered stony look that is a nice variant from the standard gray that a lot of modelers paint stone in. Since the entire archway is meant to be a stone ruin, you could technically leave it at this point and call it done, it looks great!

I plan to go back in and do some more detailing on some of the carvings, but essentially it's ready for the tabletop right now.

***NOTE!!! When using Rustoleums's spray products, be careful to ONLY buy the "paint+primer" version in either flat or satin, or their straight up flat primers. The satin finish is fine because you can wash and varnish over it with flat finishes any way. But DO NOT get just the straight satin spray paint! Make sure it says "paint+primer". I found out the hard way that just the straight satin spray paint will not cure properly on plastic models.

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Personal logo Thomas Whitten Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2018 10:26 a.m. PST

Very nice, good job.

Oberlindes Sol LIC01 Mar 2018 10:43 a.m. PST

Nice work.

I suppose you could have tried the dip method instead of spray painting.

I've never used it, but in retrospect I wish I had dipped some of my more complex terrain pieces, like a rock formation that required me to stick a very wet brush between the rocks to get everything painted.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2018 11:49 a.m. PST

Very nicely done! Always cool to try a different approach and have it work out well.

Centurio Prime01 Mar 2018 1:12 p.m. PST

great job!

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