Friday, November 7, 2008

Finished Parrot Men Hut


So, I finished the first Parrot Men hut today. This was a mixed success and I'm not entirely happy with the finished product, but it's good for a first go. After four drybrushing starting with an even dry brushing of brown and straw colors over the black and then with a mottling drybrushing of a darker straw color and a mossy green color, the coloration and shading seemed natural enough. I also drybrushed a bit of a light brown color across the nest portion to add a bit of depth and weathering to the nest.

What I am not happy with on this build is that I overlooked the bottom edge of the thatched roof so it comes off too uniform. Also, I was not able to accomplish the radiation perch pole veranda that I wanted to add to the outside of the nest. Hopefully this will be easy to fix on future versions of the hut.

The hut is not attached to the branch (found just before I snapped the pic in the sopping rain outside) so it can be placed as needed with whatever terrain I'm using. I left a length of wire attached to the bottom of the hut so that it could be wired into place on branches. I decided not to make the first hut a hanging nest hut and may decide against doing one of those at all.

Hope you like it,



  1. I think it looks pretty nice. You're right, though, a more ragged edge to the roof would be better, ,and I am sure you'll lick that perch problem. Then, all you have to do is teach me how to do it for my parrotmen!

    I tell ya, Venus will never be the same!

  2. Thanks.

    The edge thing was more of an oversite in construction than design. I simply forgot to overhang the towel material.

    As far as teaching you how to do it, what would you like to know?


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