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PostSubject: Customizing questions   Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:50 am

The more I look at my poor Safari goldfish with his new Japanese companions, the sadder he looks in comparison. He's the guy on the far left in this photo.
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Sigh and I was so happy last year to find any goldy.

So I am thinking of repainting him and giving him a stand. If only I was confident enough to reshape his malformed tail and anal fins! But, those can be masked somewhat by a base.

First question- what paints are good? I do have some cheap and some very high quality acrylic paints.

Second question- what is recommended for sculpting the stand? I have lots of white Sculpey and a little light grey Apoxie Sculpt. I'm more familiar with the Sculpey, but since it requires baking and the Apoxie Sculpt is air dry, I wonder if it may work better.

As a finishing varnish, I have Krylon clear spray on lacquers in gloss and satin, and a little brush on varnish.

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:53 am

Arrhw ! Poor little goldfish What a Face

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But there are sevral tutorials here : [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] study

Or perhaps your questions are more specific, - I don't know much about making customs Embarassed

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:48 pm

Acrylics will probably work better in this case (over pastels, which is what I use), because of the texture.

You'll want to get a good primer before you start painting - I would recommend Tamiya but I've only found it at Hobby Lobby - do you have one of those near you? Krylon just gets sticky on these types of models, unless you can't find Tamiya then use Krylon and seal it with matte sealer. I use Testors Dullcote but again that's expensive (but fortunately widely available - I've gotten that from Michaels, ACMoore, and Hobby Lobby. Train and other hobby stores should have it too). Treehouse Studios from Hobby Lobby is a good one as is Krylon matte sealer - be careful you don't get Krylon Matte Fixatif, that's not the right one! If you want to go the most cost effective route you'll want Treehouse Studios sealer (or Krylon matte if you don't have a Hobby Lobby near you) and Krylon primer. Hate the 2x coverage Krylon primer though. Don't get that one unless you have to.

If you already have acrylics that's great. Doesn't even have to be a fancy brand, cheapo $1 a bottle works just as well. Squirt a little into a small dixie cup and water it down with a few drops of water. That can be painted over the model on top of the primer. Decide on your base color first and paint that all over the model. It will take several coats to do this, but be patient. It will look "strokey" at first, but the more layers you add the better it gets. I just basecoated two OFP Breyer Classics with this method and it probably took 50-60 coats. Now the horse is much bigger so it takes more coats but you get the idea.

Watering down the paint takes forever to coat the model, but it helps prevent brush strokes, so it's worth it IMHO. If your layers get a little bumpy you can sand it down with sandpaper and paint over it.

Once your base coat is done, add a coat of sealer. This way if you mess up on the next layer you can just wipe it right off and not ruin the base coat.

Always work from a reference. Print out a few photos of the species so you know what colors go where, how the light shines on the animal, what do the eyes look like, et cetera. Apply paint (still watered down) to the model as the reference photos show.

As for a base, whatever you feel like using. Do you want a rocky sculpted base like the other ones? You could also purchase an acrylic rod and glue that an acrylic disc or into the sculpted base so the fish isn't actually touching the base.

Susanne purchased a type of moldable plastic for a base one time, but I can't find the topic scratch


Hope all that blabbering was of some help to you Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:11 pm

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As for a base, whatever you feel like using. Do you want a rocky sculpted base like the other ones? You could also purchase an acrylic rod and glue that an acrylic disc or into the sculpted base so the fish isn't actually touching the base.  

Susanne purchased a type of moldable plastic for a base one time, but I can't find the topic scratch
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It is called Polymorph, the topic is [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:14 pm

Thanks for the helpful ideas! I wondered if I'd need enamels for the plastic, I'm happy to hear I can use the acrylics I already have for painting blanks of the dragons I collect. I like the idea of finding a clear acrylic rod like the Yujin fish are balanced on, I can drill a little hole in his abdomen for it. (I had to do that for one of the Yujins I got today, paint had filled it in) Do you know where they can be found? I'll try and hit Michael's and JoAnn's, will be visiting family in a couple days that have a Hobby Lobby nearby.
I think I'll wait on the base until I decide about the rod.
Embarassed Here's one of the dragons.
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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:18 pm

wow..very beautiful dragon :)

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:41 pm

Did you pay that dragon affraid

It is awesome Applause Applause

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:32 am

Gorgeous dragon! Is that done in all acrylics?

I order my acrylic rods from a seller on MH$P, that's the only place I know to get them scratch Perhaps eBay?

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:22 am

Thank you for the complements! You've brightened my day! I love you

It is all acrylic- white primer and colors mixed, thinned with retarder and layered on. Some details get dry brushed, and I think they look better antiqued. The company produces a lot of one-offs and strongly discourages repainting of their figures, so they produce a line of blanks for people to express themselves on instead. You should see some of the artists! Some do use pastels, but I haven't dared. The company recommends acrylics.

This is the first one I did, actually the first figure I ever painted. I can see things I would do different now lol. This was a portrait so done from photos, the dragons are done as I go.
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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:32 am

They're incredible! Shocked I would have thought they were done in Pearlex, never would have crossed my mind they were done in acrylics. I would love to see more! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:13 am

Oh wow! The dragon and winged husky are awesome! Beautiful done!
I also would love to see more Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:41 am

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Oh wow! The dragon and winged husky are awesome! Beautiful done!
I also would love to see more Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:43 pm

Did you actually paint the dragon and that husky ? affraid
They are fabulous Applause
Realy great job ...I looooove that husky..wowww
You have very big talent.

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:14 am

Thank you for the complements! Embarassed It is making me want to try my hand at some animal figures. Maybe get a bunch of dogs and do portraits, or something (I used to paint pet portrait Christmas ornaments). Or some dinos and just go wild.

These are the other Windstones I've painted, except for 2 which I didn't photograph. I love painting them, but they're expensive so not something I can do on a whim. There are several available which I haven't tried yet.

The husky was the first one I painted, this griffin was the second. I liked the raptor part well enough, but didn't like the cat part. I need to practice spots.
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This foo puppy was a gift- they also make male and mother (much more regal and leonine) foos, but the pup is the only one I did.
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This little dragon was also a gift.
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I'm thinking of getting a small griffin they have and painting it like a chickadee and tabby. Only thing is, its raptor beak!
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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:48 am

I love your job with all of them. Applause
You have very nice sence of colors and good technique for painting them. :)

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:57 am

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You have very nice sence of colors and good technique for painting them. :)

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........ Or some dinos and just go wild.

Yes ! Yes ! cheers
Many dino models BEG for wonderful racecar-colours bounce bounce lol!

Look at the many colours of birds, - why should dinos have been brown or dark green ? Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Sat Mar 28, 2015 4:32 am

As soon as I can get the photos off my camera, I've made a base to hold 2 of the little Safari goldies. It would work for the Yujin fish also I think, since some of them look kind of unbalanced on theirs. I've repainted the two Safari goldies also.

I brought 4 dinos that are extras from the old play lot of my daughter's with me- I'll see what I can do with them.
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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:33 am

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As soon as I can get the photos off my camera, I've made a base to hold 2 of the little Safari goldies. It would work for the Yujin fish also I think, since some of them look kind of unbalanced on theirs. I've repainted the two Safari goldies also.

I brought 4 dinos that are extras from the old play lot of my daughter's with me- I'll see what I can do with them.

That sound enormously exiting ! You have certainly been industrious cheers

I look very much forward to see it all Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:30 pm

Here's the first pictures of the base, before it was finished. I twisted a piece of wire, and put Sculpey over it. I poked the bottom with a pencil; figured that with darker paint and shadows in the hole it might be like sand. The driftwood is smoothed with a few shallow grooves to hold shadows. There is a small plastic peg at the top to hold one of the goldies- I drilled a hole in it to fit the peg. There are add ons to the base- some pieces of plastic aquarium plant, a tiny seashell turned into a snail, and a couple pebbles. I imprinted them into the base, then left off the plants until it was baked. They were removed then for painting.
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It seems that it would work for at least a few of the Yujin fish.
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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:36 pm

Here it is with the additions.
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The Yujin fish still fits.
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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:48 pm

Here it is with the Safari goldies it was made for. I repainted them (and touched them up after these photos, they didn't come out so well).
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With a Yujin fish/base for comparison.
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And with both the Yujin fish and the new Wing Mau ones.
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And finally with a Yujin fish in a group shot.
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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:58 pm

Oh it looks awesome! I really like it with the aquarium plants on it.

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PostSubject: Re: Customizing questions   Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:55 pm

This is awesome! I haven't seen a setup with fish' like this before! Great ! Applause
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