The current trend in the hobby is to paint highly detailed hooves with both horizontal growth rings and vertical stripes. When this is done well (ala Jennifer Danza) it looks wonderful. Unfortunately a lot of times it isn't done well, and now I know why. Oh, this is hard!
I think I'm getting there, though.Well, back to sanding and painting--these ponies have been languishing on the shelf long enough. It's time to get them finished!
Little Experiment has a new hairdo...
and a fresh coat of primer.
At this stage, the primer is a customizing aid not a base for paint. I spray it on, let it dry and then begin sanding. Although his barrel had looked perfectly smooth, I can now see that there were several low spots.
A bit further into the process. Experiment's barrel is smooth but there's still a lot of work to do his belly and hindquarters. The last picture is not an update but a "backdate." This Regan's Alyssa/Elissa (I still don't know which one is right!) as she looked in 1994. Not half bad but I have no doubt she'll look even better when her makeover is complete!