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 Post subject: The Birth of Dracula
PostPosted: September 22nd, 2020, 3:02 am 
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This is another terrific kit from TKS- Terrible Kid Stuff from Italy. It's really call Elizabeta: Birth of Dracula. But I like the shorter name better. It's 75mm in gray resin, and has 7 parts.
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Seeing the red armor in the Coppolla movie, my plan was to paint his armor chrome and then add V's Transparent Red over the top.
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While the Chrome was drying I knew I was going to add a background, so I just mixed some red and black and painted the cape with that. The fur collar started dark brown and then a few dry brush highlights. Elizabeta was painted all Beige Red. I remember, again from the movie that she lept into the moat or river... and I was going to paint the gown sheer in parts.

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Adding the transparent Red to the chrome just turn the armor pink. Many layers later and it still wasn't what I was thinking. I needed to do something else. As I painted his face I had to keep checking with the arm since it wasn't attached to see how much would and wouldn't show.

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Elizabeta gown was painted in V's Azure Blue. Darker where the material looked thicker, leaving the Beige Red where it didn't. I also painted the skin with a mix of Pale Skin and Light Gray as she was supposed to be dead, and wanted to to contrast her from Vlad's skin tone.
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 Post subject: Re: The Birth of Dracula
PostPosted: September 22nd, 2020, 3:04 am 
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I took a break from all the painting and started in on the base. I had these 4X4' blocks hanging around and decided to use that. The base supplied was just one layer but it had 2 or three layers that couldn't be seen to make it a little taller. I thought would be enough, but the base was smaller than the block, I cut out similar sized blocks out of foam to add around the base.

I then had the idea that I would used Green Stuff World's Crackle Paint to make cracks and I planed on painting the cracks yellow and red as if the Devil was making his way up to Vlad. Long story short the crackle paint didn't really work out. :(

I always wanted to add a back drop so I just kept cutting foam to make them. I didn't have my cutter and doing them by hand I ended up with a few different sizes. Oh well. When they were all cut I glued them together with Gorilla Glue .When that dried I cover the whole thing in my Black paint/Mod Podge mix. This will protect the foam from paints and super glues.

Turning back to Dracula's armor I simply applied Nocturna's Sanctuary Red over everything and then a couple of coats of V's Metallic Gloss. That's it, I was done. Since the wood base is rather big I will get a little name plate for it. Thanks for looking.

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 Post subject: Re: The Birth of Dracula
PostPosted: September 23rd, 2020, 12:09 pm 
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That is super cool. Really like the base, the different sizes give it a more "real" and imperfect plausibility. Very cool.

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 Post subject: Re: The Birth of Dracula
PostPosted: September 23rd, 2020, 8:39 pm 
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Well done! Lotta detail in such a small piece. I really like the base - simple but effective.

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 Post subject: Re: The Birth of Dracula
PostPosted: September 24th, 2020, 3:13 am 
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Thanks!
Looking back at the base I’m kinda glad the crackle didn’t work. I think that would have been way to much.

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 Post subject: Re: The Birth of Dracula
PostPosted: September 30th, 2020, 1:11 pm 
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Very striking piece. Captures the emotion of the event. Great work on the cloth painting! :D


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 Post subject: Re: The Birth of Dracula
PostPosted: October 9th, 2020, 9:18 pm 
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So what happened to his main squeeze, she drink too much Diet Coke? :mrgreen:

Good job on another 'mini' Kev.

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