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Stan S
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I did these rocks with Merlin's Magic, anybody tried this stuff?, I colored them using Dave Frary's acrylic/brush method, never done it this way before, always used thin washes from spray bottles. One advantage of this method is the acrylics cover everything so the sculptamold filled areas between the castings blend in really well, I like it.
Dave has a free video on his site demonstrating the technique, he starts by covering everything with "scenery black"
Here he is: http://www.mrscenery.com/
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Stan,

I have a bunch of grey Merlin's magic that I bought a number of years ago when I was building those gaming tiles/bricks. I've often thought about trying it for rock molds, because it's durable stuff, but I'm concerned about the weight for portable modules. Your pics look good! What did you think about the plaster?

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Thanks Mark, I'm happy with the results too although I think I like the spraying with diluted washes coloring method better that this way, the detail is less crisp this way.
I really like the Merlin's Magic for casting with rubber molds, it hardens faster than plaster of paris and is VERY strong. Not sure how the weight compares to hydrocal or other plasters but the strength might be an advantage for portable modules...
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'other pic, Merlin's Magic rocks painted with straight acrylics mixed right on the pallet.
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I'll have to give it a try, because I have about 20 lbs of the stuff I don't know what to do with!


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