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My 3D printer is in the process of printing out a large equestrian statue of Napoleon. It's from an 1830's casting by Emmanual Fremiet - this ( I think ) is the original
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How big it is, I've no idea - nothing to scale it by...............
As is usual, smaller bronze versions were cast, like this
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The statue is split into 11 parts, to fit on the printer build plate. It's difficullt to put a scale on the as yet incomplete parts, but I think it's around 1/6 ( the base is 300mm long! ).
Now, assuming that I can treat the joint lines, how do I paint this?
Do I paint it Antique Bronze, or weathered like the original? - OR paint it to resemble marble, or even with natural colours ( although my horse painting skills are rudimentary )? - I feel that he'd look too much like a dressed up Action Man if I did that!
Each part is taking on average 7-8 hours to print, so it's quite a long term task.
Anybody any thoughts or experience of painting such a large statue?
This comes from https://fab365.net/items/48 the model itself was free, but only as a reward for buying a Apollo 11 Command and service module - it's a slow to load Korean site, but it has some really interesting models to print - including some Star Wars items ( AT-T, Tie Fighters, X Fighter, R2D2, Millenium Falcon, Mandalorian Razor Crest & others ) which look quite effective, some at quite a huge scale
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I’d paint it a light blue-green-greyish colour and add washes and drybrushings to weather it. Closest I’ve come to painting something like that is this:

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This is a Games Workshop figure, something like 75 mm size for one of their Warhammer-spinoff games, which I decided to use as a piece of terrain for 40K by putting it onto a plinth to make it into statue (“Frater Philippus” refers to the then-president of the game club I was in (and technically still am) when I built it, whose first name is Philip); the bird is from Tamiya, BTW. Fifteen years on, I’m not absolutely sure anymore how I painted it, but it looks like I took a pale green colour, applied a medium green wash, and then drybrushed with a few shades of lighter green. Looking at it now, I wouldn’t use such bright green anymore but tone the overall effect down a bit by using grey-green and/or blue-green instead of only green, which should give an effect much more like the real statue in your photo.
 

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I’d go for the weathered bronze Dave. I’ve done this on a couple of scenery pieces and it’s not that difficult. First step, prime in black. Paint it weathered bronze (several companies make it, but I like Darkstar Molten Metal’s for this colour). Give it a coat of Vallejo verdigris model color wash. When that’s dry you can give it a dilute wash of burnt umber to emphasise the shadows if it’s needed. Going to use a fair bit of paint at that scale though Dave.
 
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The original version looks like the Statue of Liberty, the first time I saw it - the green was quite bright and rather unexpected! ( late 70's, early 80's ).
I'm shading towards an antique bronze finish - which I'm certain I don't have in my paint locker - anyone recommend an Acrylic Metallic Bronze?
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The original version looks like the Statue of Liberty, the first time I saw it - the green was quite bright and rather unexpected! ( late 70's, early 80's ).
I'm shading towards an antique bronze finish - which I'm certain I don't have in my paint locker - anyone recommend an Acrylic Metallic Bronze?
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Think I just did Dave ;) Look at the Darkstar Molten Metal range.
 

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That one……
 

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The original version looks like the Statue of Liberty, the first time I saw it - the green was quite bright and rather unexpected! ( late 70's, early 80's ).
I'm shading towards an antique bronze finish - which I'm certain I don't have in my paint locker - anyone recommend an Acrylic Metallic Bronze?
Dave
Isn’t the Statue of Liberty coated in copper, rather than bronze though? If so it would turn a malachite green, which is a pretty bright green.
 

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That one……
I've just ordered Darkstar Bronze Triad - a set for highlights & modulation
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I did a 'bronze' figure a while back.
All done with Vallejo model color.
Base coat of bronze, highlighted with brass, then a wash in Verde gris. That nice green corrosion you see on copper and bronze.
I no longer gave the figure unfortunately so I can't show it
 

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I've just ordered Darkstar Bronze Triad - a set for highlights & modulation
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You’ll find they are gel paints rather than liquid paint like Vallejo Dave. Just. Treat them the same though and they’ll give good results. I don’t thin mine, by the way, and they dry without obscuring detail. Wash brushes like you would for normal acrylics.
 
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