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Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby Mean Gene » Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:33 pm

In between painting what I can manage, I did an experiment in the coloring of a hen mallard. The larger G&H is what I have been doing, and the smaller Tanglefree is a variation. Which looks better, or does it really make much of a difference?



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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:45 pm

The smaller decoy's lighter color seems a good match for a live bird's colors. Especially in the Sun's natural lighting.

Which are you leaning toward?
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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby Mean Gene » Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:15 pm

Fsbirdhouse wrote:The smaller decoy's lighter color seems a good match for a live bird's colors. Especially in the Sun's natural lighting.

Which are you leaning toward?


I'm leaning toward the Smaller decoy coloring. However, I think I need to lighten up the underlying head/neck color as well. I'll work on that on the next one. I think the experimental method brings out both the dark and light colors better. Will it make a difference to the duck? Probably not, but when I send out decoys to someone I want them to be as good as I can get them, so I keep playing around trying to make it better. :thumbsup:
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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby kbooger » Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:08 pm

I agree the smaller one looks like it has a tinge of orange to it that live birds have.

I'd say the feathering in the front of the bird looks better on the G&H.
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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:26 pm

Gene,
I'm thinking the head is not bad looking as is. But if anything, the feather pattern may be a bit better on the larger decoy, but that may be boderline nit picking.
You do good work.

When you coming for a visit?
Late Nov, might be a good choice!

BTW: Where do you get those neat looking blanks?
Are they Cans, or Reds/Bluebills?
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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby Mean Gene » Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:25 pm

Fsbirdhouse wrote:Gene,
I'm thinking the head is not bad looking as is. But if anything, the feather pattern may be a bit better on the larger decoy, but that may be boderline nit picking.
You do good work.

When you coming for a visit?
Late Nov, might be a good choice!

BTW: Where do you get those neat looking blanks?
Are they Cans, or Reds/Bluebills?



I think Late November would be a fine choice. That would work out great for me.

The cans in the background are birds I carved for other people. I'm in the process of finishing them. The others are a redhead, a can and 2 teal I'm painting for a guy. Just ordered a bunch of Ronan's oils for those and everything showed up on the doorstep this afternoon. :thumbsup:
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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby REM1100 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:17 am

The smaller one has the right cntast accents. However they both miss the white an blue wing detail.
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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby Mean Gene » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:36 am

REM1100 wrote:The smaller one has the right cntast accents. However they both miss the white an blue wing detail.



I think you'll find the majority of ducks sitting on the water don't show the blue color. Yes, some do, but it seems to be an unnecessary step in the process really.
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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby KRB » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:44 am

Nice work Gene. :thumbsup:
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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby neon58 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:56 am

They both look great imo! The talent a lot of you guys display always amazes me! :beer:
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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:02 pm

Hoping for a little help from the guys that know.
I'm using Rust OLeum paint as an adhesive for my flock, and mixing it to match flock color used in hopes that as it wears, the paint below it will extend times between touch ups.

But here's what I have found in experimenting with it.
If I paint and then apply flock (Which I do by hand over shallow Tub a Ware bin), and then immediately take my air nozzle at 90 PSI at about twenty inches distance from surface, it doesn't smear paint at all, but really drives the flock into the paint for good adhesion, and fattens every fibre down into it so much so that every nuance of feather detail really stands out, while giving a nice even look to the flocking. Wish I'd done it to the green heads on these as well.

My question is....Is this what others do as well?


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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby Mean Gene » Sun Mar 23, 2014 1:45 pm

I've not tried that...but I will. :thumbsup:
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Re: Experiment in colors: hen mallards

Postby coruptone » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:49 pm

I built a flocking gun. I used an air blower and just added a screw top container between the air chuck and the tip. Now i have only flocked goose heads with it and i dont know if you could do any detail work with it, like a airbrush. I think the tip i am using is a 1/4" hole but the flocking will ball up and block the outlet. A little shaking usually frees the clog.
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