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3D Print Painting Part 4

December 11, 2017

It looks like 3D print painting is going to be a whole series of posts. So from now on I’ll just number them!

The previous three installments can be found here: FirstSecondThird

All of the models featured below were designed by the very talented, Jukka Sappänen (Kijai).

The STL’s are free to download from My Mini Factory, and I have included links to each of them individually.

I haven’t used a lot of model finishing supplies on this batch, however the ones I have used are from Serious Play.

Before I start on the models though, I’m going to give you a photo of my paints. Tah Dah!

I’ve been getting a few emails and messages recently about which paints I use. This is my painting box, (nothing fancy) contained within are lots of tubes and bottles of acrylic paint which I’ve paid between £1 and £3 for. I have accumulated far more paint than I need, so it’s possible to get by with far less, but I still mix a lot of my own colors and layer my models with washes and dry brushed highlights to get them looking the way they do when I’m finally finished with them. It’s all a process of trial and error.

Also, random tip:  I like to use Pringles lids as palates for paint and PVA because I can reuse them over and over and they’re flexible so the leftovers pretty much peel right off once dried.

Anyway, onto the models!

The first two doors can be downloaded HERE.

They are fairly plain, but they incorporate some great textures, print up flawlessly and leave a lot of room for creativity. I’ve only got the two so far, but we’re planning to print more for our daughters to decorate as they’re ideal for kids crafts as well!

As always I primed them both with a thin layer of brushed on acrylic paint, and let that dry completely. Then I painted the stone frames on both doors by applying far more paint than I needed and mixing it right on the surface using a flat brush to raise peaks. I use this technique a lot… and call it “gloping”, though there is probably a better name for it somewhere … it takes a while to dry, but creates great texture! (At some point I may make a video)

On one door I used black and white to create grey stones and on the other door, I went for something a bit different applying a peachy color with a purple to get the light colored stones.

When the stones were dried I applied a light grey dry brush to the grey stones to bring out some highlights on the new texture I’d created, and a black wash to deepen the crevices between stones. For the light colored stones I just applied a violet wash all over do deepen the crevices and add some shading.

On the door with the steps I chose to leave the steps very smooth rather than trying to apply my own texture as they remind me of the stone steps in castle ruins that have been worn unnaturally smooth from hundreds of years of use. They’re dark grey with the same violet wash applied to deepen the shadows as on the door frame stones.

I was very indecisive on the window frame on the window door…. Ideally I would have made that a bit more colourful, but I ended up liking brown best :)

Next I painted the wood on the doors. I went for brown on both. When that was dry I applied multiple black and dark brown washes to give them a weathered look, and after that was completed I dry brushed on highlights with a lighter shade of brown to bring out the peaks of the wood texture.

I probably make this all sound a bit more simple than it is procedure-wise… I end up going back and forth a lot with multiple washes and making sure that the edges are clean. (It takes me a lot of hours to finish painting a batch of prints) For example between the wood of the door and the stones. Paint is sneaky, and no matter how steady my hand is, it still seems to get into places I don’t intend… but mistakes are usually very easy to paint over :D

The last details I painted in on both doors were the doorknobs and the metal detail. After they were dry I added in some finishing touches with tumbled Amethyst and quartz as well as static grass, flocking powder, model clump foliage and lichen.

Now for the third door! Which isn’t really a fairy door… but I suppose it could be… for some sort of Lovecraftian, cosmically evil fairy… it’s the “Cthulhu Gate”! The STL can be downloaded HERE.

Tentacles everywhere <3

This door has a LOT of wonderful details worked into it and I like it very much, but I underestimated all of the surface area so it took me longer to paint than I had anticipated.

I primed the whole thing, then once it was dry I applied the base colors to all parts of the model. The Elder Signs above the doors are raised, so I was able to highlight them easily with a dry brush, however the symbols on the doors themselves are carved into the model which made them easier to define with washes. This model is printed at about 60% (I think) of its full size which means the details got squashed quite a bit, but even so, it came out pretty great. If it was printed full size, the door symbols would have been much easier to bring out.

The rough bits on the stone pillars highlighted especially well dry brushed with some white. I did a few layers of that before I got it where I wanted.

After all of that was dry, I highlighted the tentacles with some metallic green and added some very carefully applied dark grey washes in all of the shadowy places.

Click on any of the thumbnails below to view the full size images.


Now Invasion of the sandworms!

There are three separate files for these impressively detailed worms and Dune fans have been coming out of the woodwork for them. The download can be found HERE.

The three different worm pieces (two head pieces and one tunneling body segment) are covered in wonderful, textures. They are a bit challenging to paint at the point that worm meets hole, but not impossible. :)

I’ve seen these printed in a variety of sizes and the larger prints do hold more details, however due to a variety of reasons, I do tend to scale things down. So I just wanted to note that they could have looked even better if I printed them larger, and for reference, my tallest worm worm is 110mm tall.

My favorite part about these, besides the detail, is in the worm segment piece where it’s clearly directional with one half burrowing and the other half bursting out of the ground. <3

So, about the painting!

I primed them and when that was dried I painted the worm bodies a worm fleshy color and I laid down a base color of raw sienna on the sand parts. For the inside of the mouths I mixed a metallic copper with a metallic red, because I wanted the inside of the mouth to catch the light.

For shading I used several brown washes on the worms bodies. I dry(ish) brushed a burnt umber onto the widest parts of the bases.

For finishing effects I very very carefully painted the teeth white then went back in several times with the red mix to cover up anywhere the paint didn’t quite go where I wanted it to) and I dry brushed some white on the worm bodies to highlight them. I used a metallic gold color to dry brush on the sand ridges so that they would catch the light, and that’s really about it.

My original plan for the worms was to actually cover the bases in real sand, but they are textured so nicely already, I really just wanted a chance to paint them and see what happened so that’s why there aren’t any additional model finishing supplies used on these worms.

Click on any of the thumbnails below to view the full sized images.


I would also like to note, as i have in previous posts that my husband prints all of the models for me, and my understanding of the printing process is fairly limited, (I’m learning, slowly) so that is why I don’t get into the technical details of the printing side here, however if you have any questions about that, just note them in the comments or send us a message and he will get back to you.

These are all of the finished models I have for now, however I’ve got several more printed and in various stages of completion, so expect another installment of 3D print painting soon :)


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