December 1, 2006: Back on track after being "busy"
for the past couple of weeks. Working on a couple of Dark Elf commissions.
The fittings are decent, but there are some issues with some pin holes
and small areas that need to be repaired. Quite a difference from working
on the original. But hopefully once I'm done, you won't be able to tell
the difference between the recasts and the original.
December 28, 2006: Update on commission progression. Sanding down and
discovering tiny pinholes that I opened up with the hobby knife, then
filled with epoxy putty. One figure is getting pretty close to sanding
completion, and I pinned another dark elf.
January 22, 2007: Finished fixing all the issues and sanded everything
down. Soaked all the parts for a few days to clean them, ran the parts
through my ultrasonic cleaner and the sprayed on the first layer of primer.
Once this cures by tomorrow, I can go back and check for any spots I missed
and fix them.
January 24, 2007: Sprayed primer on both kits. Checked for defects and
made the necessary fixes, wet sanded everything, and they are now ready
for another priming session. Hopefully I got all the defects and then
I just have to wet sand and then get into the painting session.
January 30, 2007: Wet sanded the final primer layer and sprayed on the
base skin tone as well as the highlight tone. Going to let this cure for
a night, then spray the flat coat tomorrow night.
Feburary 4, 2007: Applied the flat coat and then finished masking one
of the elves. While masking the other, I got some paint lift so I had
to re-sand, re-prime, and re-paint. I still need to re-flat coat it before
I continue finishing the masking, but I need to allow the paint to cure
before moving on. A little bit of a set back but this stuff happens. Best
to keep patient with things and work through them. The rest of the second
figure has been masked.
Feburary 6, 2007: The flat coat cured for the above part and I was able
to finish masking that part. Once done, I sprayed on the custom purple
mix of Silk Red and Wolf Blue by finisher's paints. I will need to let
this cure for a few days before moving on to masking for the gold trim.
March 4, 2007:
July 22, 2007: Finally an update to this project. I ran into a few issues when removing the masking tape where some
paint chipped. So I had to sand down the chipped areas and carefully repaint the parts. There are some detail painting that still needs to be
taken care of which will be completed this week, and then it's off to shipping the two kits out to their respective owners. Again, I'm greatly
appreciative of the customer's patience. What should be been completed in early Feburary, has taken far too long and for this I apologize. Hopefully
the quality of the job will make up for the time.
July 26, 2007: And they're done.