Viper WIP - update (commission)
Painted the boots using Angelus leather paint in Avocado. It’s my first time using this brand, but Nu-Life didn’t have the shade of green I wanted. Seeing it against the current suit color, I think I’m going to run a dye bath to work with the fabric hue a bit, so it falls a bit better into the overall tonal feel of the cosplay.
Unlike Nu-Life, Angelus is an actual paint vs a spraycan. It’s my first time with it, so I’m not sure how much of an expert I am, but I used a round stipple sponge brush I happened to have on hand, which cut down on the brush strokes. I did light layers and then kind of tapped it across the boot with a light coat to blur the brush stroke effect problem. I still plan to follow it up with a sealer.
I’m usually good working with Nu-Life, though I tend to get impatient and sometimes overspray, causing that sad drip effect. The key to using either is definitely using a stripper first (I used Nu-Life Color Preparer) as it really kills off any leftover dyes, waxes, polishes, etc, so the aint can adhere directly to the boot.
I’m told you can use Angelus in an airbrush set up but I’ve never used one, so I don’t know. And while I’d love to be absolutely flawless in my application technique, I’m thinking that unless you’ve got some boot fetish/worship going on, not a lot of people are going to notice a small paint stroke :)
Oh, and always up your guess as to how much paint you’ll need. I bought the 4oz bottle, and I used close to half of it, so the rest will be used on the belt.