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Post  David Diaz on Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:16 pm

Hello once again. Jenny also asked me about the plaque for my T-34 monument. Here is a small SBS on how I did that. There is also a section on how to weather bronze.

I First I am going to show you how to make a simple text plaque. I started with two small pieces of plastic, one about one millimeter smaller than the other.

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Using my home made punch & die I cut some round corners of the smaller plastic piece.

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Next, I cut a few pieces of 0.3 mm plastic rod in different lengths.

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I glued these rods to the plastic, and using a similar method to the one used to make weld lines I textured the rod pieces to resemble words.

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Four round bolts from Bronco completed the plaque.

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Here it is painted.

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For the large plaque, I started with a souvenir I got some years ago in Europe.

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I got ready to copy the emblem. I used play dough to make an improvised mold casing.

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The silicon rubber was poured and a mold was made.

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Here is the resin copy.

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And after some trimming and painting.

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And finally both of them in place.

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Now as far as painting remember this is only one of the many approaches that can be used to make this effect. I have found this technique easy to use and the results quite convincing. My best suggestion is to go ahead and experiment until you find a technique you are comfortable with.

Here is the list of the colors needed. They are all acrylics.
From Vallejo acrylics:
1.Tinny Tin
2.Brassy Brass
3.Bright Bronze
4.Bronze Green
5.German Fieldgrey WWII
6.Turquoise Glaze (from Citadel Color)

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I will be using this fantasy warrior’s shield to demonstrate the technique.

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I applied a coat of Flat Black primer.

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Next I applied drybrushing using Tinny Tin. Make sure you cover a lot of the raised surfaces with this first drybrush.

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Once dry I applied a wash using Bronze Green. This will represent the characteristic green patina that forms on bronze when it oxidizes.

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Once the wash is dry a second drybrush is applied, this one with Brassy Brass. This coat is lighter than the first drybrush.

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Next is a second wash. This time using German Fieldgrey.

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Once dry the final drybrush was made using Bright Bronze and making sure you pick all the raised areas.

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Finally I applied a thin coat of Turquoise glaze over the piece.

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There you have it. I hope these Sep by Steps can help to answer some of the questions on how I created some effects. If you have any questions don’t be afraid of asking I will do my best to answer them.

Until next time.

Model on!

dave
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Tips & Tricks 2: Plaques and Oxidized Bronze Empty Nice touch David

Post  Panzer on Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:09 pm

Nice touch David.
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Post  Sherman 18 on Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:22 pm

Now thats cool.
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