How to Customize a Model Horse – Paint a Bay
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How to Customize a Model Horse – Paint a Bay

August 12, 2019


A well painted bay model horse is a joy to
hold. However, this simple color is not as easy
as it appears. Bays are often the hardest for beginners topaint because they quickly turn muddy…but with the right color recipe, anyone can paint beautiful bays. For this tutorial, you will need to visit
my blog at bluemountainstable.com to mix the right colors of paint. Then save your pre-mixed colors in labeled bottles. Let’s begin! Starting with a prepped and primed horse,
coat it evenly with the shimmery titan buff mixture. Now I’m demonstrating this with an airbrush, but you can use these recipes with any medium. The horse on the left has a complete coat
of the shimmery titan buff mixture. On the right is step two, which has a light
application of the gold mixture. A little bit goes a long way so apply to the
back, the wither, and haunches the most and go very lightly on the other areas. Step three is the caramel mixture. A heavier application of this will create
a richer, or redder bay, such as a blood bay. For step four, add a very light coat of the
red mixture, particularly around the legs and other points like the ears. Step five is the Hershey’s chocolate mixture. This is where you need to be especially careful as this is where most first-time horses turn too muddy. As you can see, just a little bit goes a long way
and the final horse really looks more like a chestnut, rather than chocolate, but that’s okey. That’s how light you want to apply it. If you are doing a blood bay or a mahogany bay horse, you’ll want to run over them again with the red mixture. Now isn’t that looking nice? This was after a light coat, which is plenty
of red for a rich colored but also realistic horse. Step six is applying the raw umber mixture. This where your horse is going to start looking more like a bay and less like a chestnut. See? We’re getting there. Apply to the legs and withers the most and other areas as according to your reference. A second pass of this color is perfect for
mahogany bays. Now let’s make the final color stage, which is applying the blacks. If you are working with an airbrush, you can spray over the points and finish with hand painted details. As with any color, when you are hand-painting, you will want to apply thin coats, allow to dry, and repeat. This avoids brush strokes. Don’t forget to paint the little spot between the mane and the forelock. And there you have it! A basic tutorial that will help you avoid
making overly red or overly muddy horses and instead just beautiful bays. Thank you so much for watching and happy customizing. If you liked this video, be sure to give it
the thumbs up, drop a comment, and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss my newest tutorials. I am also on Facebook and Instagram as Blue Mountain Stable where I regularly share tips with my followers and behind the scenes posts into how I customize. My website is Bluemountainstable.com whereI also blog about customizing and sell my model horses. See you next time!

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