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    ANyone have any good tips on how to weather a plastic skull? (Now with the result!)

    I picked up this sweet plastic skull today, with movable jaw and detachable top of head for still lives, but its a little too plastical, so Id like to weather it down abit. Ive sanded it so to get a more matte surface, and my plan was to go over it with a very thin wash of yellow ocher and liquin (oils) ant dirtying it down later wioth some burnt umber, also sparingly. anyone have a better suggestion? Its just a little on the plastic white side at the moment.
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    I'd suggest drybrushing it. Might become very time consuming however.

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    watch the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Special features. They show you what they do.... maybe I'll watch and find out.

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    What you describe is exactly how I did mine (no Liquin though).
    I recommend rubbing an umber into the sutures, and then use a rag to wipe off all the excess.
    It will settle into all the cracks nicely.
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    Haha, thanks Dan thats what i did, a burnt umber in the cracks! worked real nice. Here are some shots. And snarfews, that workjed real well with the drybrushing too! Damn it, too late to watch the LOTR! I thankee!
    Open shot is how white he was before. Let me know if i went overboard.

    Next time ill remember to use CIRCULAR motions in the sanding.. oh well, I guess he went through alot! That was 36 bucks well spent! I found this excellent propsshop called abracadabra, loads of cool stuff to try and paint in there.
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    Whoa, this is really cool.

    What street is this store on? I gotta go check it out now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chobomaster View Post
    Whoa, this is really cool.

    What street is this store on? I gotta go check it out now!
    It's on 21st Street,
    between 6th and Broad.
    Amazingly cool shop.
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    I have exactly the same skull! I might try that, with acrylics however, as I don't own oils.

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    Yea go for it, I'm sure the results will be similar. Now please don't tell me you picked yours up for a 20...

    Im gettin a female vibe off mine, how about you?
    Or have I been single far too long?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSillustration View Post
    It's on 21st Street,
    between 6th and Broad.
    Amazingly cool shop.
    Thank you good sir!

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    Got the same skull aswell, seems to be popular eh? Bought mine off Dick Blick's art supplies over the internet. Cost about 22 bucks + shipping to Finland. Was relatively cheap tho The weathering down looks cool and handy, i'll consider doing it myself!

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    cool palette (third picture)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sept13 View Post
    Got the same skull aswell, seems to be popular eh? Bought mine off Dick Blick's art supplies over the internet. Cost about 22 bucks + shipping to Finland. Was relatively cheap tho The weathering down looks cool and handy, i'll consider doing it myself!
    Damn it! A

    nd yes, that IS a cool pallate. Although an Alien skull would be even sweeter.
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    Leave it in the garden for a month (if you have one) and hopefully nature will bash it up a bit. I'm guessing you want a quick solution though right?
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    Maybe burying it in fresh cow manure and letting it sit in there for a bit will do the trick, eh?

    That skull sounds like a good deal. I already have a real one, but it's missing a lot of teeth and skullcap, and scribbles all over. I inherited it from someone at work, so it now it's sitting on my shelf reminding me of how mortal we are.

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    I have the same one. It's awesome!
    I've got to weather mine now...
    Jake

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowwing View Post
    Maybe burying it in fresh cow manure and letting it sit in there for a bit will do the trick, eh?

    That skull sounds like a good deal. I already have a real one, but it's missing a lot of teeth and skullcap, and scribbles all over. I inherited it from someone at work, so it now it's sitting on my shelf reminding me of how mortal we are.
    ...
    i hope to *hell* when i die... somebody doesnt just scribble all over my skull.

    timpaatkins: great job! looks damn good! only thing i can see... is that on my monitor it looks a little too yellow in places... like inside the nose cavity and around the mandible... or is that just an effect from the photo? I have an entire plastic skeleton that i bought from an elementary school (only missing a forearm/hand)... i should totally do this. cheers!

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    Hey I looked all through my LotR dvd and I couldn't find the extra. I have the extended edition of RotK. Is it on there?
    There was a thing where they talked about making the skulls for the lands of the dead but they didn't say how.
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