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From all at Space Craft
That’s right – we have been painting dinosaurs! And as if a 1/35 Brachiosaurus isn’t big enough; we painted an entire shop window to house it. Meet Bertie, our new mascot!
Run Bertie, run!
We started this project towards the end of 2018. And yes, it has taken us over a year to finish!
“Well, what took you so long?” we hear an intrigued reader asks. We’re not sure either, but you see Rome wasn’t built in a day.
“Of course not! But you’re not building Rome, are you?” You must be the smartest person we’ve spoken with today because, yes, we have been building
This saga began when we decided to build this Pax Romana kit. It consisted of a Roman villa, and Roman and Celtic figures.
The Roman villa is made from laser cut MDF and card.
The laser cut parts fitted together superbly and was assembled it in no time.
It is one thing to know that there are 109 figures in the kit, and another to see what 109 figures look like in flesh. We were very tempted to put the figures back in the box and pretend we never opened it.
After getting over the shock of seeing the number of figures there are to paint, we got to work. We glued the weapons and shields to the figures and arranged them onto cardboard ready for priming.
Once primed and painted, the figures were varnished with a layer of dark wash. Here is a before-and-after picture. The figure on the left is without the dark varnish, and the figure on the right shows what it looks like after varnishing. The same colours were used for the two figures except for their hair and swords.
Here is another before-and-after picture. The same colours were used for both figures except for their hair.
Another before-and-after picture. Same colours were used on both figures except for the shields.
On completing the figures, we went on to design the layout of our battle scene. Once we marked out the location for roads, garden, and a river, we built the individual elements.
Here is the river. We first painted some textures onto the base before adding simulated water.
Next, we made some sheep. We have seen a few “you must be crazy” faces when we told customers that these are supposed to be sheep.
Here are the finished version. We still get a few “you must be crazy” faces when we say these are sheep.
Finally, all 109 figures were added to the battle scene.