What a great craft. I'll have to remember to use masking tape next time I'm gluing wood together. I might need that for when I make an outhouse, which has gone to the top of my 'must make' list. I need an access point to the Otyugh encounter. (Guess what word I just added to the dictionary on my computer.)
The V-gouge is wood carving chisel that creates a "V" shaped cut(groove) in the wood. It comes standard in any wood carving chisel set. It looks like this:
I just run the V-gouge up and down the craft stick, holding it at varying angles and at different pressures to make grooves of varying sizes and depths. It is extremely fast and easy to do. Each craft takes about 10-20 seconds to cut grooves in.
A note about wood carving chisels: this is one of those times that quality absolutely matters! The chisels I use came in a set of 5 and cost about $45USD. They are from Lee Valley, and they are of fantastic quality. They come out of the box ready to use and stay sharp. Before I bought them, I had purchased several sets of chisels from different companies and NOT one set could be used right out of the box. I spent hours grinding, filing, and honing to get them to a point I could use them....and even then they didn't hold an edge for vary long. Dollar store, Harbor Freight, and other 'cheap' chisels are made from junk steel and I find that you will spend all of your time sharpening and swearing and being in a permanent state of frustration that it just isn't worth it.
I originally bought the chisels to do relief carvings on sword and knife handles, but quickly realized that they make great looking wood grain texture for miniatures. I have never had to sharpen the V-gouge and I have cut tons and tons of wood grain texture. The small list:
As far as painting goes: I only dry-brush. I have never done a 'wash' in my life. I dry brush all of my wood pieces the same way.
1. Base coat with black spray paint. 2. Dry brush a dark brown. I use Burnt Umber. 3. Dry brush a lighter brown. I use Terra Cotta. (It is actually a sort of orangey brown) 4. Dry brush an even lighter brown. I use Cocoa.
The paints are just the cheap acrylic paints that come in the small 2oz bottles from Michaels, or another craft store. I hope this helps. Let me know if there is anything else I need to add or clarify.
It didn't work, but it gave us ideas, took us in new directions. Things we would've never thought of. -Miles Dyson
kinda lost, so the technique would be great to hear about. but wouldn't drybrushing 3 times simply remove the previous dry brush ? i mean isn't dry brushing picking only highlights. just curious because for me i had no choice but to paint the thing completely first then dry brushing otherwise the black was showing too much.
so i'm curious as to how you got that kinda of colors just dry brushing.
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sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
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sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
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sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
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erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
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margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
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nightshade: Been away for a bit ,back now
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nightshade: Made it to Gencon on Sunday, mainly vendor/ purchasing day. Found my gral, a copy of TSRs Escape from New York boar dgame!
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dafrca: Why does my mind kick into overdrive just as I lay down for the night?
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erho: Same here, bed time, I finally remember where I put those molds
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erho: Happy Holidays y'all!
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