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McGann Paintjob

Started by pod, Mar 27, 2009, 02:12 pm

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pod

Mar 27, 2009, 02:12 pm Last Edit: Oct 22, 2012, 02:34 pm by Scarfwearer
Does anybody know how the production team from the 96 TV movie achieved the unique paint effect on the Hudolin box? It looks to me like it's been painted, then partially heatgunned, sanded back, then painted again? I really like the effect, however they did it ...

greatwazoo42

Mar 28, 2009, 02:44 am #1 Last Edit: Jan 17, 2010, 11:13 am by scarfwearer
I love it.  It looks age worn and well traveled.

DoctorWho8

Mar 27, 2009, 03:33 pm #2 Last Edit: Feb 09, 2010, 11:52 am by scarfwearer
I think they used some sort of texture like the original TARDIS prop had, but I can remember the name.  Artex or something like that?  I've got a large poster of McCoy and McGann standing in front of it and you can see the texture.  Looks like several coats of paints were then applied, similar to Oxford Blue with a dark and slightly purplish tone.
Bill Rudloff

terrasolo

Mar 27, 2009, 05:49 pm #3 Last Edit: Feb 09, 2010, 11:52 am by scarfwearer
Bet it was just lead paint that chipped off and was eaten over the years by small children. Kidding ;)

You weren't kidding when you said you would ask about this paint job asap. I would be very interested in knowing how they did this too.

purpleblancmange

Mar 27, 2009, 06:00 pm #4 Last Edit: Feb 09, 2010, 11:52 am by scarfwearer
I used this prop's texturing as the inspiration for that done on my build and did it in pretty much the same way.  You can see the initial texture tests that I did in my build thread:

http://www.tardisbuildersforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=memberbuilds1&action=display&thread=64

It may be of some use to you, but I haven't got as far as adding in the rest of my build with the final texture application procedure - I guess I should do a catch up session at some point.

terrasolo

Mar 27, 2009, 06:56 pm #5 Last Edit: Feb 09, 2010, 11:53 am by scarfwearer
I do remember reading that post before Purple, and to be honest I always remembered the McGann box looking more like chipped paint then concrete but you are right judging by this pic, so thanks for sharing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/gallery/tvmovie/images/1024/dw51.html

Also, I always loved this box when I saw it but now I feel those sign box letters are HUGE. Anyone know what paint color was used on this box?

mordrogyn

So does anyone know the actual color of this prop, it's not Oxford Blue.... is it?
I'm miles away from this point yet but its always good to know these things ;)
(http://i50.tinypic.com/20kan9v.jpg)

davidnagel

So to resurrect this thread and the fact that Purple's post is long gone with that forum, what IS the best way to produce that McGann paintjob? The texturing is confusing me on how to achieve.

Thoughts?
Kind Regards,

David

www.spiffinglyniceguy.co.uk

ionsith

Oct 08, 2015, 03:41 pm #8 Last Edit: Oct 08, 2015, 03:45 pm by ionsith
I've just 3D modelled this box and the biggest headache I had was trying to work out the paint colour. In publicity shots it looks very dark navy, but in daylight shots it looks like a middling blue. I went for the latter as I felt that was more consistent.

  As far as texturing is concerned, maybe artex? There is a good close up of the door where the Master is escaping through the keyhole... That might help?

Volpone

Oct 09, 2015, 01:58 am #9 Last Edit: Oct 09, 2015, 03:15 am by volpone
Bah. I was going to make some suggestions, but looking at the photo, none of them would come close to the effect they've got.  It really looks like its got 40 years worth of paint on it that has been scraped down and repainted every few years.  

I wonder if you could apply a material like oil or wax (or just dirt)--maybe talcum powder, as that would settle into the cracks--that paint won't stick to well, and then really slap on a heavy coat of paint and then scrape it to get an effect like this.  

Hudolin does some really nice adaptation work.  He did the reboot of Battlestar Galactica as well as the TV series version of Stargate in addition to Dr. Who.

[edit: Actually, you may want to check out Matt Sanders' build thread.  He's making a fiberglass replica of the Crich museum police box that is OCD level accurate.  He's got some very nice effects like this cast into his fiberglass.  He may have some ideas how to do this:  http://tardisbuilders.com/index.php?topic=5555.0 ]
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.

galacticprobe

Oct 09, 2015, 07:10 am #10 Last Edit: Oct 09, 2015, 07:18 am by galacticprobe
Quote from: volpone on Oct 09, 2015, 01:58 am
Hudolin does some really nice adaptation work.  He did the reboot of Battlestar Galactica as well as the TV series version of Stargate in addition to Dr. Who.


He also worked on 'Eureka'. That's three out of four shows he's worked on that were on the SyFy Channel. And I've seen his name on other shows as well:

Painkiller Jane (SyFy)
Caprica (SyFy)
Dead Like Me (Showtime)
Arrow (CW Network)

And a whole lot more. The man gets around! (But when you're that good, you do!)

Dino.
"What's wrong with being childish?! I like being childish." -3rd Doctor, "Terror of the Autons"

davidnagel

Matt's thread I have been reading intently, much like the rest of the forum members, and I have looked at his approach to creating the fibreglass cement texture for his build. I may follow suit but yes, artex is sort of the way I was thinking about but then thought, oh its usually only available in white - I've already painted some of the box blue lol

I wonder if I can mix artex with my blue paint ...
Kind Regards,

David

www.spiffinglyniceguy.co.uk

Volpone

That isn't necessarily a bad thing.  I mean, if you're going for dead-on screen accurate McGann, then maybe it is, but if you just want general TARDIS, it can actually be good. 

Because when you paint over it, the blue will be slightly off from the base coat.  Then you just work that out and blend it in.  Add some weathering on top and you get a wonderfully old TARDIS look.  I desperately want to work on my TARDIS, because I've got a theory that a spray bottle (like for glass cleaner or whatever) full of a black/dark grey wood stain will make a wonderful aging/weathering wash. 
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.