Painting Dwarven Forge Cavern Pieces – 8

1 March, 2015


Dry brushed the stone.

I attempted a crackle effect with PVA glue, but it didn’t do what I wanted. Happily, I was able to wash it all off before it set.

Instead, I varnished the lava with a bit more gloss medium. Some tiles look better than others, bit overall, its ok.

Tried to do the black on the shoreline texture, as per the various videos, but it didn’t work with the surrounding stone. So instead I painted solid yellow over the thin bits. This created a solid lemon yellow border around the lava, which I didn’t like, so I miked up some yellow-white and put some dabs in.

Not the result I was expecting, but it doesn’t look totally crap, which is a win if you ask me. Looks quite a bit better IRL than in this photo. There are some bits that aren’t blended well, and the result looks a ittle sqare – but that’s inevitable.

Job done, I think.

Next, I will just do a f-ton more standard pieces as per my previous posts.

Painting Dwarven Forge Cavern Pieces – 7

1 March, 2015

Well. This is what we have.

I used a lot of medium. 2:1 . I’m hoping that the colours will bleed into each other, and that it will reduce in bulk as it dries.

Gave up on the idea of brushing a texture into it, obviously. Dabbed it with a finger to blend the colours, the main thing being to be mindful of which colour is on which finger. The masking tape was so that I could handle the pieces without getting lava all over the rock.

The paint is thick enough that there is no point touching it again until tomorrow.

Painting Dwarven Forge Cavern Pieces – 6

1 March, 2015


I am going to attempt the lava. I feel puckish, I feel overconfident, and if I fuck it up then that’s a thing, because I didn’t pay for these things all by myself.

Couple of YouTube videos later, and these are some experiments.

The two on the right seem to work. The rightmost used a much thinner wash for the final red.

First step is the base coat on the floor, and a primer coat on the lava.

The floor is not the charred black basaltic look, but is coloured to match the other tiles.

The primer is straight yellow with some gloss medium. Absolutely necessary. One of the things my experiment uncovered is that paint won’t stick to flat dwarvenite without a little encouragement. Main thing is to stipple at least some primer into the little pools beside the river bank.

(I’ll have to water it down for the wash, hope doing that doesn’t run the gloss effect).

Note the third example in the first picture above. Because the final colours go on runny, brush-marks matter. Which is great, because you can give the lava some texture. So I am using a pattern that – hopefully – creates a roiling sea. Maybe. This undercoat probably won’t affect the final result, but I may as well start as I mean to continue.

The next step will be to ink wash the bank. Slopping a little lava onto the bank is fine: getting muddy brown-black onto the lava will not work.

Painting Dwarven Forge Cavern Pieces – 4

24 February, 2015

Ok. I bought some “dark tone” ink, which I felt was not dark enough once I diluted it a bit. So I added some black inkjet printer ink. Then I redid just the base of the pieces.

Better, I think. But the ink doesn’t cling to the cracks as I would like it to. Perhaps it needs some paint, rather than being just ink and water. Paint, and I need to brush it off the surface and let it set for a moment before drying it.

In any case, I am finished dicking around with step 4. Step 5 – the drybrush – is next, and it will lighten the floors and walls and make them look heaps better.

Painting Dwarven Forge Cavern Pieces – 1

22 February, 2015


Here are some (heavily compressed) pics of these cavern pieces, step 1 and 2. I’ll blog painting this, and I don’t know how they’ll turn out, so before following what I do check the end pics and decide if you like the result or not 🙂 .

Step 1. Background wall.

Blob of white, about half that of yellow oxide, a drop of raw umber to darken it.

I think of cave formations as being yellow, because they are usually lit with tungsten lights. Calcite is actually white. But meh – it will get sorted out. The yellow oxide gomes out a little greenish, but that might be the light I am using.

I do the walls first because the are heavily textured, and you get paint all over your hands doing them. Stiff cut-down brush, plenty of paint on it, get rough with it. 95% coverage is good enough, because the deeper cracks will get darkened anyway, and the dwarvenite is a dark gray.

Main thing is not to go to heavy and clag up the detail. Oh – on the standard wall pieces, paint tends to collect under that top scalloped bit of flowstone in the middle. Give it an extra stroke with the brush to clean it out.

Step 2. Floors.

This took me a lot of faffing around with to get a mud brown. The main thing is burnt sienna. I would have liked a burnt umber to keep the palate simple, but meh. Reddish brown, a little yellow makes it a rich chocolate, Atelier ‘brown black’ to darken it, white to lighten it and reduce the saturation. Eventually I got a colour I liked – kinda.

Broad cut-down brush to do most of the floor, then a finer brush to get to the edge between the floor and the wall. Main thing to watch for is paint on the fingers, so after that first step of painting most of the base wash hands and take a little more care. You’ll note that a lot of the dwarvenite colour shows though, and the lighter mud shade has collected in the cracks, which is not the effect I want. Hopefully, the dark wash will fix it.

I don’t know if darkening the sides of the pieces (where they touch one another when assembled) was a good idea or not. The problem is that the edge around the base definitely needs to be dark, but there’s no logical place to stop when doing those side edges. So meh. When painting those edges, you get a little slop onto the wall surface – which you don’t want. Wipe it away.

After this gets tacky dry, some spot clean-ups with the wall colour and a fine brush. At the very least, clean up the worst of the finger marks.