Sunday, June 30, 2013

Painting your Ruined Egyptian temple base

OK!  The base has been carved, so that means it's time to paint it!  As I have been doing more and more lately, I brought out the acrylic craft paint which I have been using to paint my terrain pieces.

It works quite nicely with very absorbent surfaces such as sculpey and gravel/sand.  It continues to flow very well, and has good adherence.

I did take some regular miniature paints to get some darker/cooler spots in certain areas.

I started to mix a variety of tan colors, and semi-dry brushed them across the upper surfaces.  Not too dry, as I didn't want to get that rough appearance to the paint.

Into that tan mix, I added lighter flesh tones, light seafoam green, and so on, to lighten the overall appearance and bring out the carved glyphs.

Lighter still...

Once I have all the lightest colors established, it is time to start shading and tinting this darker.  I used the same Secret Weapon washes that I normally use for this task.

You can see already how the first applications on the right hand side of the base make such a big difference!  I also keep some tissue or paper towel handy to wipe away excess amounts.  This is very similar to some of my old watercolor techniques.

All of the glazes applied, so I will work back in some of the lighter mid tones.

As I work in this part of the 'value scale', I like to mix some of the wash colors in with my regular paint.  This keeps them in the same family, but creates a little more interest.

Once I am satisfied with how those mid tones are looking, I add some more dramatic highlights, and also paint in some finer cracks, etc.

I have some photos of the finished bases in another post!  Stay tuned...

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