Saturday, December 19, 2015

Angel of the Seas

Time for another experiment!!

Once again, I was able to scrounge up a very old mystery figure that was standing on top of this rock base I had made years ago.  I thought this would be as good a place as any to test out a new technique combining the vallejo/secret weapon glaze colors with the Liquitex Heavy Gel Medium.

In a previous use of the Gel Medium for water, I tried to mix in some 'regular' opaque blueish paint with the Medium to see what would happen.  Unfortunately, I ended up with blue paste which had hardly any transparency to it.  

It is very difficult to tell when you first mix that in with the Gel Medium, since it all very white and opaque anyway before it dries.

I was hoping that if I combined it was something that was already very translucent, I would be able to 'tint' the Gel Medium towards blue, green, etc.

While I had to wait several hours for the results, it all worked out exactly as I had wanted!!!

This opens up all sorts of new possibilities for other types of basing and interactive posing of figures splashing through rivers or swamps.

The most crucial aspect of the test was to see if I could create a style of water that would work with my 1/700 waterline diorama warships.  I think this will be absolutely perfect.  The gel is easy to acquire, so I won't have to worry about running out.

My next test will be to observe what happens when I mix in the fluorescent paints with the Gel Medium.  I might have something that creates lava flows in an instant!!

We shall see..

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