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My Thomarillion stuff arrived! 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
I ordered a massive amount of stuff -- mostly bookshelves, but also some armoir-type stuff, a glass display case, and that massive organ.

I'm going to paint these up along with the Skaven Doomwheel as soon as I can (which is a real limitation, since most of my time is divided between taking care of the kids or studying for the bar). I probably will hold off on painting the organ until I decide on a good color scheme for it. But the rest, I'm drooling over. I really love the bookshelf system Thomarillion uses.

Soon my constant barrage of cavern pics may be replaced by MBS pics...
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#39070
Re:My Thomarillion stuff arrived! 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
You should try using minwax polyshades wood varnish on the wood parts after base coating them brown. Its a cool effect (a bit shiny though) and it protects them pretty well. I start with a base coat of brown then the minwax and finally a matte finish clear coat(which takes down the shine) and they don't chip near as easily with all that.
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#39071
Re:My Thomarillion stuff arrived! 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Thanks for the tip! I'll see. I have to admit, I'm reluctant to give them a glossy sheen, because I went to a great deal of trouble to keep them matte. But I do see the advantage of a coat of sealant. I have to admit I'm frustrated by the chipping. In general, while I love the look of these pieces, I probably wouldn't return for more, because of the following:

1) Expense. Shipping from Europe was an arm and a leg.

2) Chipping. One of the great virtues of DF is its durability, and the fact that this stuff feels closer to Hirst Arts in terms of fragility is a serious issue to me. I dropped one piece after painting it, and now I have to touch it up.

3) Painting. I wasn't really in the mood to paint -- the muse hadn't struck, I guess -- but I figured that wouldn't be an issue. Normally, painting accessories like this doesn't require inspiration. It's pretty mechanical drybrushing. But this time, ugh, it was a nightmare. First, the stuff doesn't take spray paint very well. The cracks and crevasses are just slightly too tight, I think. Second, the design does not lend itself to drybrushing well. At each vein in the faux wood grain, there's a lip -- an area that rises above the crack before returning to "sea level." That means that when you pass a drybrush over it, instead of painting the surface brown and leaving the cracks dark, producing a nice woodgrain effect, your brush gets caught on the lip, and comes down too far ahead. The resulting effect is messy, sort of a cross between unfinished (because some surface remains unpainted), and a photo-negative (because the lip next to the crack gets highlighted, which in the end kinda looks like the cracks are lighter than the surface instead of darker)

It just was looking wrong, and I feel like I'm a pretty decent painter with some decent experience. It was frustrating.

I like how they came out in the end, but... ugh. Headache to paint.

They aren't completely done, I still have detail work to do. But I do like them.

I may be feeling particularly negative right now -- if I truly fall in love with these, and I could, I may decide I want to go back to pick up the grandfather clock and piano.....

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Re:My Thomarillion stuff arrived! 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
I'd love to see your finished work L. I've always wanted the Vermy stuff but I dislke painting fiddly bits and the pieces I wanted are exactly that.

Tell you what, if you don't like your finished product I would probably buy the stuff off you. :)
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