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I have a new website at its aim is to gather all the nature centered websites I have been doing those past few months, 

This is a bit lame, but I need to change the server of this site which is so slooow, and also to reactivate

Latest posts

The green stuff weathered (4th step -inks)

That's right! Ugly Citadel inks! I need some deep highlights on some special part of the green so I made an extra screening on the high highlights using a diluted mix of yellow and green. Believe me the whole colour starts to shine this way, so you want to be careful while using them -better 4 successive inks screening than a big one. It does a very nice shiny metalic feel about the whole, quite pretty :) Actually, the trick with citadel inks...

The green stuff weathered (3d step, my '"drybrush'")

Okay, as you can see from the picture, I used only 3 colours for this, I blend them, and I apply them as a not much diluted screen on the parts that would normally stand out as highlights if being drybrushed. That's it in fact, i never do any real drybrush on my models because the effect is too hard and visually quite crap.

The green stuff weathered (2nd step)

The black run offs on the contrary work pretty well after a single apply. Just wet (not too much) the right place and then -with a steady hand- just draw with very few diluted paint the run offs -the fact that ythe surface is wet will diffuse just a little bit the black paint; And then you can retouch or erase the run offs using your brush.

The green stuff weathered (2nd step)

I then put some lighter shade and diluted paint and proceed to screen the places where I want some lighter colour to appear. Well, screening a light colour over a darker background .. it takes some time and quite a few layers before you end up really seeing something but it works!


Products heads up

Most of the mail I get from this site is about techniques and materials, so I thought it could be nice if I would both show and explain the stuff I use

Various techniques for the Firebird diorama

I have less time now to do SBS in forums or my own site like I used to, but yet i thought I could share some of "my" techniques that i used for the Firebird diorama. product placement? for the most part, say this to my bloody wallet!!    

Pebeo's outliner (Cernes relief)

I was sent that Pebeo Cernes Relief product some time agio and liked it straight away. Its fine tip allows me to make joints between the stuff i embbed in water and the stuff itself like my graves here.

It dries just like regular glossy Acrylic gel that you can find in art shops or Valejo's Water Effect (which is exactly the same stuff)

Flex Pad on horse sculpting

The reason I use those flex-pad instead of other solutions is seen here: I have been owning the same since 4 years and even though mine are in bad shape they still work alright. I love the "blade tip" which allows to sand in the crevices

Metalic pigments from Uschi van der Rosten

That's a hobby sort of posting. I recently bought Uschi van der Rosten's metalic pigments and well, I used to know Alex before he was Uschi you see and this kind of posts can't do him wrong.