Archive for October, 2011

Raven Costume

My oldest daughter is Raven from the Teen Titans this Halloween.  We’ve been working on various costume parts for the past few weeks.  I dipped into the hobby bag of tricks to create the jeweled medallions for Raven’s belt and cloak.

The Medallions are 2 layers of 3mm Depron foam with a coat of Foam Coat from Hot Wire Foam Factory.  Before the layers were attached, fine gauge wire was inserted to provide a means of anchoring the medallion to the costume.  The waist chain is a 99 cent vinyl belt spray painted gold, and the hand/throat attachments are made using fabric pins.

Now I get to see if my creation can hold up to a day at school followed by some enthusiastic trick or treating.

As an aside – does anyone else find themselves using hobby skills for all sorts of projects?  Are hobby skills just that useful, or is a simple case of using the skills we already have?


Anchor wires

Medallion Belt

Daughter aka Raven



Berber paint plan

Always, always, always record you paint plan.  It’s only been 2 months since I worked on the first Berber unit & I struggled to remember which paints to use where.  The Miniature Design Studio Berbers are wonderful to paint.  The clean lines make for fast work – this latest unit of 24 were completed in less than two weeks (about 10 hours).

Prime White with Rifle Butt (Howard Hues) undercoat.

  • Tunic:  Chalk White (Vallejo) and Dirt (V)
  • Hat:  Astronomican Grey (GW)
  • Robes:  Flat Red (V) undercoat with Beige Red(V) top coat; or French Mir. Blue (V)
  • Spears & boots:  Saddle Brown (V)
  • Shield:  Saddle Brown (V) base coat, Burnt Cad. Red (V) top coat
  • Bow:  Tan Yellow (V)
  • Bow case & Scabbard:  Tan Yellow w/Saddle Brown
  • Arrow fetching: Astronomican Grey
  • Spear tip, shield boss:  Chainmail (GW)
  • Flesh:  Snake Bite Leather (GW)

All except the white robes were washed with Dark Sepia from Secret Weapon.