Well, it’s October and my summer hiatus is over. I am now starting work on PKking’s wonderful sculpt, the Balance of the Nine Skies Sturgeon King. I am really curious to see what I can do with this. There are interesting facets of PKking’s sculpture that lead to creative ideas, although I am not going to experiment too much on this one as it is my first build of one of his models.
For example, we have a serpent, two lovely figures, a massive clear resin base, and all sorts of complexity in the surface details that can be brought out.
The following picture shows the shipping box and some of the parts. I was fortunate in that the fragile and complex clear resin base arrived without damage, all the way from Taiwan. My thanks to the Postal Gods!
Oh, as an aside, I taught Computer Science at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, which is why I have a souvenier in my workshop. The US State University system is lots of fun and much different from what we see in Canada!
I decided to start with the transparent base. The base is in two parts. One is small and the second is huge. I am not exactly sure how it was cast? You can see two massive casting sprues on the left side of the base, but there don’t seem to be any other sprues anywhere else.
The following picture is a closer look at the center piece where one of the figures sits. See all the detail in the piece? All of PKkings work is of this level of complexity. There will be some interesting effects possible through dry brushing or other painting techniques. Oh, if you look closely you can also see that there is a large air bubble hole in the clear resin spash wave in the background. This was one of the very few flaws I found in the massive cast.
When I have worked with clear resin in the past, for a clear finish it needs to be sanded with a very fine paper, almost 1200 to 1800 grit if possible, before coating with a clear gloss paint. If you do this you can get the surface as clear as glass. For Sturgeon King sanding the whole model to this level will be impractical, but I did try to improve the clarity of the wave splashes. You can see in the picture below how I sanded the piece. I used a series of Scotch-Brite radial bristle jeweler sanding discs of various grits on my Dremel tool, down to a very fine 6 micron polish. When you first start sanding with coarse grits the piece becomes quite cloudy, but as you progress to finer grits it becomes clearer.
When the pieces were sanded they need to be clear coated for a proper transparent finish. I used Future acrylic floor wax for my clear coat as this is an inexpensive acrylic paint. You can also see that I am planning on using Tamiya clear blue paint to color these pieces.
The next step is to apply the color. This is done with the air brush in a few coats, shading appropriately. When the base is dry it is clear coated again to obtain a brilliant reflection.
On my next post I plan to set these pieces into a base and adding some LED’s for internal lighting. Stay tuned! Comments are welcome.