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  • #1577549

    Nightcrow
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    These are good questions to ask before starting!

    For myself, I generally basecoat based on dark/light – if I’m doing a dark color for the main color, I use a dark basecoat under all the areas that will have the main color; if I’m doing a light color over most of the piece, I use a light basecoat, usually white (but at least once I used light grey). For dark pieces, if there are lighter patches or markings, I’d basecoat those spots in white, but not vice-versa; small dark areas can be done on top of a light basecoat without needing a separate basecoat. In general, it’s always easier to work from lighter to darker – applying a dark color over a light one will be no problem, or just need a couple extra coats on those spots, while trying to apply light colors over a dark one can dull or muddy your light color.

    Paint-blending… honestly, I don’t know? I just do it. πŸ™‚ Mess around with cheap paints and see what you like. One thing I do find useful is a “test swatch” – I took a strip of white cardstock and painted a square of every metallic paint I own onto it, in rainbow order. It’s helpful for me to have something I can hold up against a basecoat or another color and “match up” what would blend best with it (or have the most contrast!) before I put that next color on the piece. Paint often looks a little different when dry, too, so it can be hard to judge just by looking at the contents of the paint bottle whether, say, “Deep Blue” or “Marine Blue” is the right choice.

    Experiment with different shapes and dampnesses of brush on some textured paper to get a feel for your paint. A wet brush will apply paint very differently than a dry brush! The thickness of your paint will matter, too. Try a thick paint, then water it down and try it again with the same brush. Be aware of direction as you paint, too! Windstone pieces are usually highly textured, and your brush can leave tiny bubbles in the paint if you’re not careful. I try to always work with the lines of texture instead of across it (i.e. painting down the vane of the feather or the shaft of the hair) when I’m aiming for smooth application. (Drybrushing across a smooth basecoat with a metallic color can produce some neat effects!)

    Definitely use some kind of topcoat/sealer after your piece is painted! In general, there are three choices: matte finish, satin or semigloss finish, and gloss finish. Matte is least noticeable; it will not add much extra shine. Satin/semigloss are shinier; you will definitely notice some sheen to it. (I like satin finish for PYOs with fur – it looks to me like the natural sheen of a hair coat, softly shining without looking lacquered.) Gloss is the shiniest; things sealed with gloss coat will have an extra shiny layer over their paint that is visible; they may look like glazed china, or lacquered furniture. All this is going to vary by brand of sealer, and by your application technique, though! I have managed to get a satin-like finish with a matte sealer, either because the brand was just a little glossier than I expected or because of how thickly/thinly I applied it, or perhaps just because of some quirk of the paint color contrasting with the sealer.

    Good luck on your painting adventures!

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    #1577270

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    Great job, drag0n!

    That first picture I was all, “where’s the problem?” And then the next picture I realized that he didn’t have a rippling cape on the right, that was a broken edge. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    #1577196

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    Ohhh! Love your GB kitty. They all look so good together…the two c/s cats that look blue, are they the same?
    You must have an updated Lap conga?!?!

    Not quite the same! One is the blue/purple colorshift, the other is the green/purple colorshift. Blue/purple is on the middle shelf, but you really can’t tell in this light; you almost have to be moving in order to catch the “shifting” that reveals the colors.

    I do need to take updated Lap Conga pictures! I was waiting for the grail Lap I had a lead on, but it’s looking more and more like that’s a bust; I haven’t heard from her in two months, so I guess I should just bite the bullet and take pics without it.

    The trouble is finding a place to take pictures of them all! Last time I took up half the kitchen floor, and just barely squeezed them all in. πŸ˜€ Short of taking everything outside and photographing them in the driveway, or shoving all the living room furniture up against the walls, I’m short of photo space! When they have a family reunion, it takes a large venue. πŸ˜€

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    #1577195

    Nightcrow
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    β€œBantam” makes me think of roosters / chickens / birds, I haven’t run across that word in other connotations to expand its meaning in my head. I think it would be a cool name for a gryphon style, but might be confusing on a dragon. β€œSage” is a nice name, but I still like a β€œsmall” name, like Squire or Page or Prince.

    I think of two things: chickens, and boxing. πŸ™‚ So I could see this little dragon as a ‘bantamweight’ warrior! But I do still like Squire a lot, too.

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

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    #1577074

    Nightcrow
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    Thank you!

    I feel kinda bad for Pinky , who’s definitely the odd cat out in this grouping. πŸ™‚ Maybe next time there’s a grab bag I’ll hope for something in a rainbow scheme, to give him company.

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

    Also seeking Breyer SM Swaps bodies in poor to fair condition for customizing.

    #1577073

    Nightcrow
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    Oohh, what cool ideas for the bantam dragon kickstarter!

    I would absolutely love to see him a rich jewel-toned blue, with metallic teal or silver eyes. A silver-and-black combo would be awesome, too!

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

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    #1577005

    Nightcrow
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    The kitty conga has increased by one! Time for a new picture. πŸ™‚

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

    Also seeking Breyer SM Swaps bodies in poor to fair condition for customizing.

    #1577003

    Nightcrow
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    Did anybody go to BreyerFest this year?

    I didn’t get to go, but from all accounts it was a crazy time, with special releases everywhere! I was lucky enough to find someone on the Blab forums willing to pick up the “Rico” model for me, so I now officially have a Silver conga. πŸ™‚

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

    Also seeking Breyer SM Swaps bodies in poor to fair condition for customizing.

    #1577002

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    Congratulations on the money-tree blooming and the grail purchase, Angelika_Zen!

    Do you think Miracle Grow would do the trick for mine? πŸ™‚

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

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    #1576537

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    Wow, Angelika_Zen, that is a gorgeous cougar! Looks like a sunset; I love it. πŸ™‚ But then, there were a whole lot in this batch that I loved, heh. Melody did such an amazing job on every one of them!

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

    Also seeking Breyer SM Swaps bodies in poor to fair condition for customizing.

    #1576281

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    Your dawn cougar is amazing, Zelda! I love the horizontal shading combined with the branches; it really does look like the sun coming up at the edge of a wood.

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

    Also seeking Breyer SM Swaps bodies in poor to fair condition for customizing.

    #1576154

    Nightcrow
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    Congrats Nightcrow!!!

    Thank you! I sent you a PM, too. πŸ™‚

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

    Also seeking Breyer SM Swaps bodies in poor to fair condition for customizing.

    #1576152

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    Aaaaaaaaaahhhh, my cougar arrived today and he is wonderful!! One of my top picks, and up close I am even more in love with the fine details on this feline!

    This cougar is definitely a keep-purr. <3

    Editing to add: the photos look a little more blue on my monitor. In person his color is definitely on the green end of the teal spectrum.

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

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    #1575335

    Nightcrow
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    Oh, so many beautiful cats!

    Grape Vines looks great with the color-shift Cougar pair! And the rainbow leopard and some of the silhouettes are so colorful!

    I’m screaming inside that I have to wait till Monday to see mine. Go faster, UPS, I need it right now!

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

    Also seeking Breyer SM Swaps bodies in poor to fair condition for customizing.

    #1575334

    Nightcrow
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    Oh, Landipan, I can hardly wait! The kittygriff might be my favorite PYO sculpt of them all, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how this one turns out. Fancy eyes? Even better!

    Interested in buying or trading for: GB Pebble Sitting Red Fox in grey, Lap Dragon Test Paints (Pearl Steel Blue, Mystic Umber, Pastel Rainbow, others), & production Lap Dragons with minor to moderate damage!

    Also seeking Breyer SM Swaps bodies in poor to fair condition for customizing.

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