This planet has an abundance of water but it is a little cold and most of it is frozen. Very little vegetation grows and it would not be a very pleasant place to visit.
What you need:
What you need:
2.5" Acrylic Planet Kit
Sandy Paste by Vallejo
Burnt Sienna, White, and Tan craft acrylic paints.
Acrylic Glue (ProWeld)
Step 1: Assembly
The kit is easy to put together. Mix a bit of epoxy and liberally apply it to one end of the rod. Then insert that all the way to the top of the sphere. Center the sphere and hold it together till the epoxy gets a good hold. You need a lot to fill the gap between the top of the sphere and the rod. After that cures it will be a really strong joint.
It is best to put the base on after you paint it. Sometimes it gets in the way. However assembling it is easy. Insert the rod into the hole and apply some ProWeld or other glue that will work on acrylic. Do not use super glue as it has a tenancy to cloud acrylic. If your epoxy dies clear you can use that.
Step 2: Texturing
Step 3: Painting
Step 4: Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is just that painting with a dry brush. You don't want a lot of paint for this step. If you have to much then wipe it off on a towel. It is better to have not enough paint then to much in this stage. The video might show it but I made a mistake at this point and got a large glob of white in the middle of the planet. I just blended that into the rest of the planet to try and make it look like a big storm happened or something at that point. This step dries really fast so you can move to the next step after only a few minutes.
Step 5: Magic Wash
What is magic wash? Well it is a combination of water, paint (or ink), and Future Floor wax. The floor wax lowers the viscosity of the water and allows it to flow into areas that water normally would not lay. You can also just use a normal wash at this stage but I found the best results came from brushing on the magic wash.
Magic wash is made by mixing 50% water, 50% Future Floor Wax, and a few drops of acrylic paint. Play with the mix a bit adding more or less water or paint till you get something that looks right. Try it on something generic at first or a small section of the planet. The magic wash tones down the colors and makes everything blend together more from a distance. It might not be a necessary step but if you finish and find it still lacks that look you wanted try the wash.