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Author Topic: Painting a red granite ancient Egyptian statue  (Read 1662 times)

Offline oabee

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Painting a red granite ancient Egyptian statue
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:25:26 PM »
EDIT: My apologies for missing the admonition "NO QUESTIONS" for this board before posting!

I am working on Egyptian scenery for In Her Majesty's Name. The ancient Egyptians used  many materials for statuary and obelisks, among them Aswan red granite, shown below:





Here is an unfinished obelisk still in the Aswan quarry:



I am gaming in 25mm/28mm. I have numerous statuettes ranging from 3" to 6" plus a pair of 8" obelisks. I would especially like to do the obelisks in red granite. I have located a suitable spray paint [Liquitex Professional Spray Paint Raw Sienna 5] for the base color for the red granite. My question is:

How do I get that black stippling effect? Craft paints that recreate stone effects won't work: they have a very coarse finish, way out of scale for my purposes. Besides, most statues were polished and had a smooth glossy surface.

After the base coat, should I do my shading before or after stippling?

My first thought is to lightly spray black paint from a distance over the base-coated statue/obelisk, but I have no experience with this, and little time to experiment. Thus I would greatly appreciate your advice on the matter.

Thanks!

Mike O
« Last Edit: February 17, 2014, 10:00:45 PM by oabee »
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Re: Painting a red granite ancient Egyptian statue
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2014, 10:47:56 PM »
Years ago we used a silk screen held between an airbrush and the subject to get a stipple effect in a larger scale - might be worth experimenting with.
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Re: Painting a red granite ancient Egyptian statue
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 07:17:16 AM »
Ab's world might help.  Hope that helps.
http://gamedecor.com/abasworld/Tricks/painting%20tutorials.htm
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Offline warlord frod

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Re: Painting a red granite ancient Egyptian statue
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2014, 06:06:26 PM »
Ab's world might help.  Hope that helps.
http://gamedecor.com/abasworld/Tricks/painting%20tutorials.htm
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What a great how to site.  :o :o  I've book marked this. Thanks Snitchy

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Re: Painting a red granite ancient Egyptian statue
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014, 05:26:36 AM »
No issues.  Ab is a friend, mentor and fellow traveler who keeps odd hours.   
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