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Making rocks
Joined: December 07, 2013
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Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:25 PM GMT+7
I don't know if this was posted before, but I read about using barbecue charcoal for diorama rocks, so I decided to give a try after a BBQ evening several days ago .
It's simple-pick up some charcoal pieces, spraying a primer (in my case Vallejo polyurethane one), then base color depending on the desired rocks and then with dry brush lighter tones.
I think the result is very cool and realistic, and the coal is more lightweight than real rocks, which is advantage

Arkansas, United States
Joined: June 29, 2009
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Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:46 PM GMT+7
Very realistic. Thanks for sharing.
British Columbia, Canada
Joined: September 03, 2009
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Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 12:10 PM GMT+7
I made this little scene out of Styrofoam covered in Durham's Water Putty.
Virginia, United States
Joined: May 18, 2008
KitMaker: 231 posts
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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 07:04 AM GMT+7
Nice little dio! Would have been super-cool to see some bloody critter hanging out of one of the raptor's mouths.

How thick of a layer of the putty did you use? did you have any problem with the putty getting absorbed into the styrofoam, and causing an uneven surface?
Washington, United States
Joined: March 15, 2009
KitMaker: 1,498 posts
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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:22 AM GMT+7
For those living in North America-- the BBQ rocks Venelin is using (great idea by the way) are not the same as the "Charcoal Briquets" we commonly use here in N. America for outdoor grilling. They are more akin to the ceramic extruded "hot rocks" heat retention rock that we use here in natural gas fireplaces and some natural gas BBQs. I wouldn't try using the "Charcoal Briquets" variety for this-- as they are pretty fragile after use, and before use they are soaked in flammable Kerosene or a like material that can off-gas indoors.
VR, Russ