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A Day of Experiments

Today was a day of experiments…and frustration.

I felt like I had the Sontarans close enough to finished that I could finish them today.  Yoda felt he had his “I did this, too” model close enough to done to finish today, too. So that was the plan for the day.

I looked up Sontarans to see what kind of base to give them and a lot of them had purple backgrounds, so I was going to paint the bases purple.  Then, my younger son (who will be using one of the Sontarans as a D&D character) said “why not do them silver”…so I had the brilliant idea of doing a silver base with a purple crackle overcoat.  

Unfortunately, the crackle coat did not work well.  I tried several different options.  The crackle nail polish I have was not the color I wanted. 

So, I read the ingredients on the crackle nail polish (isopropyl alcohol and acetone) and tried to make my own.  All THAT did was get runny.  So, I tried ethyl alcohol, instead, and…nope, no go there, either.  Also runny.

When that didn’t work, I looked online and found that people put a layer of glue down, let that mostly dry, and then paint over that and get a crackle effect.  So, I tried that and, while it worked, I didn’t like the effect, the crackle wasn’t as consistent as I wanted.

Giving up on that, I wanted to make the base glittery purple. I thought I could do that by mixing purple paint with the silvery nail polish I had on the base.  That turned into gunky goo that immediately dried out.

Finally, I looked in my nail polish collection and…lo, and behold, I actually had a nice, shimmery, dark purple nail polish.  Just what the Doctor ordered.  So, the Sontarans got their bases (and everything else) painted and sealed.

Yoda also finished his “I did this, too” mini.  THIS is what the crackle paint is supposed to look like.

Hopefully, tomorrow we can get back to our “real” projects.

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Progress! Finally!

 I had a model horse show this past weekend.  Yoda insisted on going and seeing what was involved and why he was painting.

He helped me get one of my models ready for class:

Here he poses with our winnings for the day:

Not too bad for only 18 horses.

Then, today, we finally got some more color on our projects…ALL of our projects.


Lots more work, and not a whole lot of time left for the ponies.  Will see how it goes.


Not My Pony Project

In today’s adventures of “NotMyNaMoPony”, I was cleaning and organizing things and decided to hang a cat.  We have this life-sized, heavy cat sculpture that is supposed to sit above a door-sill. 

We’ve had this thing for about 20 years, give or take.  We had it up at our old house…and had to glue it in place because it wouldn’t stay up otherwise.  So, it had layers of dry wood-glue on the back.

I spent the next hour or so chipping and sanding the old wood glue off. Then I was very generous with the Workshop Velcro on the back and bottom edge of him.

Then, I put him in place.

After I put him in place, I realized he should probably have something under his tail and the dangling front paw to help brace him. I fashioned a couple of pegs with epoxy and stuck them in place. Hopefully, the added support will stay in place and he won’t fall over.

I think he looks rather nice in his new home.

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NaMoPaiMo Painting Party – February 1

I had a NaMoPaiMo painting party at my house today.  Unfortunately, only one friend showed up.  We had a good time, anyway, and progress was made on everyone’s horses.

First, we had to have a quick game of “find the model”. 

Then, once Susan’s model was found, we got to work.  I made some repairs and put the first layer of pigment on my pegasus:

While he was drying, the D&D mini army got a start on their coats of paint.

Then we all decided to go eat brunch.  Yoda included.

Yoda got rather frustrated before brunch.  You see, we originally primered everyone in Army Painter’s Skeleton Bone Primer.  But, when Yoda went to put the first layer of pigment on his model, he realized it wasn’t going to work primered that color.  So, he primered it with Rustoleum Painter’s Touch 2x Primer and Paint in White.  And the result was a mess.  After the first layer of pigments it was obvious that it was not going to work and he needed a whole new model and better primer.

So, he primered the new model with Army Painter’s Matte White.

And, here is a comparison of the two:

The Rustoleum model is all blotchy and just, icky in general.  The color did go on darker, though.

The Army Painter model is much smoother and not blotchy.  Though, it is a bit lighter.

And…by the end, Susan made considerable progress on her model.

All in all, a productive day.

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A Good Night’s Work

Yoda overlooks the evening’s work and smiles. “Tomorrow, come alive, they will.”


And…a setback…

I was getting up to get the superglue for other stuff I’m working on.  Now, it will come in handy for my main horse. 

I was saying he needed a base, I just hadn’t gotten around to working on it, yet.


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Yoda Gets Started

First thing Yoda decided was that his model needed a base.  Which means hunting down the Apoxie Sculpt that I know I have floating around somewhere.

It’s not in this drawer…

Nor in this bin…though, the other customizing tools might be useful:

Aha!  There it is! In the unlabeled drawer above our heads!

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Yoda Joins The Fun

One of the things that has happened over the past couple of years is that various artists are having fun getting their action figures in on the action.  This year, Yoda decided he wanted to paint a micro-mini.

He will be painting a micro-mini Sherman Morgan to a Battlestar Galactica (old school) dun tiger horse.  Asissi, Yo-Teen, and the Sontarans want to help.



Every February, the model horse community comes together in a community building exercise called NaMoPaiMo (National Model horse Writing Month).  Modeled after the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), it’s a chance to have fun painting a model horse, no matter what your skill level.  Often artists will use it to try new techniques…or just have fun without the stress of a commission.

My primary model this year is going to be a Pegasus.  Because I have a tendency to paint fantasy animals.

He will be painted to bay with red-shouldered hawk marking on his wings.