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 Post subject: ANH gunmetal--- masked off first, or just paint freehand?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:05 pm 
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Which of the two methods, is the best way to do this?


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 Post subject: Re: ANH gunmetal--- masked off first, or just paint freehand
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:36 pm 
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There are certain points that you want to mask like the demarcation line along the side of the nose but I paint freehand.

The other thing I would emphasize is DON'T try to emphasize the brush strokes to make it look hand painted. That appearance will come naturally through the characteristics of the paint combined with the brushwork. Too many people try to make the helmet look drybrushed and emphasize the brush strokes and, with respect to their efforts, it looks totally wrong.

My $.02

Cheers and good luck!

Dave


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 Post subject: Re: ANH gunmetal--- masked off first, or just paint freehand
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:18 pm 
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Totally agree with Dave on this.

Another tip is to use good quality brushes that do not leave behind their bristles in the finish.


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 Post subject: Re: ANH gunmetal--- masked off first, or just paint freehand
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:52 pm 
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Thanks guys. My next problem is trying to find a gunmetal that wont react with the acrylic enamel black I used for the black.

I went the unfortunate route of using a Duplicolor the last time and crackle-city... I didn't research enough... oops.


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 Post subject: Re: ANH gunmetal--- masked off first, or just paint freehand
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:50 am 
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muad'dib wrote:
Thanks guys. My next problem is trying to find a gunmetal that wont react with the acrylic enamel black I used for the black.

I went the unfortunate route of using a Duplicolor the last time and crackle-city... I didn't research enough... oops.



Then why not try acrylic enamel gunmetal on acrylic enamel black?


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