Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Friday, December 31, 2010

Painting Horses

To paint the horses I chose colours that would represent a Bay well.  First I painted white primer on these O Scale Resin Aspen Models.  Then I painted a Base coat of Vallejo Red Black.  The mussel, tail, mane and lower legs were painted with Vallejo Black Brown.  I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.  Next I painted the harness with Vallejo Black Brown followed by a wash of Vallejo Leather.  The metal was done with Vallejo Steel and Warhammer Cidedel mytheral silver.

As you can see there is quite a sheen on the horses.  This is a result of adding Citadel mahogany ink wash over the horses coat.  This is indeed a realistic look as most Bay horse coats shine.

 I then took some bone white and painted the blaze on the forehead and the fetters of one horse.

 I also dry brushed the tail and mane with a mix of Vallejo new wood and black brown
 In the shadow areas of the horse I applied a thin wash of Citadel Brown ink.  This increases the dimensions.  Also provided this application into the recesses of the mane, tail, mussel and fetters
 The final step was to take some burnt sienna bragdon powder and lightly brush it on the model to tone down the sheen.
A little black ink wash was also applied over the silver to reduce the shine a bit.  Now all Ron has to do is build some wagons and buggies for these guys.


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