It’s always exciting to reach the priming stage, except for one thing: it lays ALL YOUR SINS BARE. Any mistakes or areas that need reworking will show up more clearly once the surface is a uniform tone. Not to worry, as this gives me a reprieve before painting in order to touch up with putty, then apply PVA to seal and then respray the black primer.
I was actually quite happy with how this stage turned out on its own. After painting with acrylics I gave it a light spray with some outdoor furniture touch-up paint, which gave it a rougher surface and toned down the lighter paint.
The first bronze coat is a roughly 2:1 mix of Burnished Copper and Forest Green, NOT completely blended so there is some randomness to the balance of metallic and green. This too was applied with a ripped sponge without adding water, just lightly dappled and scraped here and there – a little paint goes a long way in this case. In this way some of the previous grey oxidisation layer is preserved and shows through in small patches.
So at this point I was perhaps too liberal with the application of gold – in retrospect I should have dappled it with a lot less on a piece of steel wool, as I wanted more of the previous layer to show through. It does show through partially, but it will be up to further layers to tone down the C-3PO look.
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