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PostSubject: Arlequins tutoriel / The domino effect / Step by step   Arlequins tutoriel / The domino effect / Step by step I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 14 2017, 22:12

Hey there.

I already did this trick to improve my solitaire ( the basic miniature gave me the idea, with already some diamonds poping out of the miniature cape ) and for a long time I wanted to do the same to my shadowseer.

Finally got the time and bravery for doing it, and I said to myself, hey, why not doing a tutorial for the guys..
So here it is.


The main goal here is to add (more) diamond shaped parts to a miniature, both on it and 'around' it in order to simulate the domino field effect : shattered light and colors.

It was less time consuming than I expected, took me ~a whole afternoon (5-6 hours).

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Step 1 / Making diamond shapes
First of all, we are gonna make diamond shape so we can use them. I used to paint some in "trompe l'oeil style" (#baguette) but honestly it's a pain.
Here's my alternative :

Take an empty blister box (plastic)..
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.. and cut paralell line into it (simple scissors will do )
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Then cut from another angle roughly less than 45°
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From here, cut parralell lines to produce load of diamonds quickly.
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For a nice effect, I recommand having several sizes (I got big, medium and small)
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Step 2 / Gluing diamond
Now it's time to assemble and glue. I highly recommand using tweezers for precision.
Simply add some superglue (it's easier with gel superglue) to your palette (or any other support, I used my safety tray), take a diamond a 'dip' it in the glue, ~half on one size.

For big ones I also use paperclips to transfer glue in the middle of it.

So, I'd recommand fixing a couple of big ones, preferably in the middle and to the extremities. Don't add much.
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Then add some medium diamonds. Preferably over the top of big ones, but sightly off them.
Just try to go regular arlequins patterns, or whatever pleases you Smile
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Then add the little ones at the edges, same process as before.
If this doesn't speak to you, just go all lemmings and imagine you're building a stair  Razz .
During this process I don't recommand going over 3-4 layers, as it will be really fragile.
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Step 3 / Going hardcorecoat
Yeah I know we shouldn't use plastic and stuff because paint really doesn't stick to it, even primers.
But hey, there's a solution to that : varnish.

Just apply a thin layer (I usually dilute it with 1/3 - half water), wait for it to dry and you'll be good to go.
(Also painted the fabric during this process)
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Step 4 / Painting diamonds, yay
And then it's the usual base / shadow / highlights stuff.
I got several pictures here so I'll put them in spoilers in order to keep things simple and ~short.

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Step 5 (optionnal) / Selective varnish
Go varnish only your diamonds, on a darker background they will pop out even more
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Showcase
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Hope you'll like it.

Edit PS : Note that you can use the blister plastic + 'ardcoat to do pretty decent purity seals too, for other armies. Even better it's kinda flexible and stays in place, for cinematic effects.

Example w. battle sisters Celestine :
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This was really awesome! Thanks fornputtting it together, and nice work, that mini looks fantastic
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PostSubject: Re: Arlequins tutoriel / The domino effect / Step by step   Arlequins tutoriel / The domino effect / Step by step I_icon_minitimeSun Oct 01 2017, 12:41

@LordSplata : thanks for your support Smile
It did take quite some time to do it, but yah I'm pretty happy with the result

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Really neat - may have to steal this idea
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