Unsurprisingly my “perfect weekend of painting” ended up not so perfect. Due to numerous phone calls, chores and other interruptions I lost around 7 hours worth of painting time. I also managed to balls up the application of the larger custom decals – I should have gone with my gut instinct and gloss varnished first. I can “recover” this and the overall effect will be fine, I’m just really annoyed with myself. I think I was trying to rush as I was a bit behind. Oh well, not a lot that can be done now.
I didn’t get any work done on the base at all, but did manage to get gloss varnish on nearly all of the Dreadnought sub-assemblies. I still have the head to do, but want to do the eyes first. Sponge weathering begun this morning (before I left for work) and actually is starting to make the whole thing come together.
My other half has a late night this evening (9pm before she gets in) so I have got a solid chunk of uninterrupted time when I get in.
- Paint eye lenses on head. Green with a yellow spot reflection. Gloss varnish the head.
- Paint the rubbed piping on the Dreadnought body. I’m going to do this Charadon Granite and highlight with dawnstone.
- Finish sponge weathering.
- Touch up metals that have been sponge weathered. This sadly is unavoidable with this technique.
- Light gloss varnish.
- Edge highlights.
- Paint all bone areas (P3 Battlefield Brown > P3 Menoth White Base).
- ‘Golden’ oil wash onto geared elements.
- Glue arms and then head into place.
- Wash metallics?
It is quite a bit of work overall, especially painting the bone which is going to need quite a few smooth layers, but if I get on with it as soon as I get in, I believe it’s achievable.
Tomorrow evening plan (currently):
- Oil weathering on Dreadnought (blu tack onto base to get direction correct).
- Paint fiddly bits on base.
- Touch up grey on base.
- Gloss varnish base.
My biggest concern is that it is my intention to black line and black wash the metal areas with oil paint. Where I may have an issue is that the weathering oils may mingle with this and make it look crap. There are few potential solutions, I could oil weather those bits this evening (adding to work load tonight), I could use regular GW washes or I could take a chance. I’m currently verging towards using GW washes on just the metal areas as I think this would give the effect I want and guarantee the oil paint won’t interfere.