Cobra tabletop miniatures: 3 color schemes — 3D printing & Painting

Black, Yellow and Brown cobra mini-figures

I’ve been very happy with this 28mm Cobra model from Thingiverse. Even printed on my low end FDM printer it retains enough texture so that dry brushing works well to accent the scales.   I used a heat gun to rotate the left model’s head 90 degrees in relation to it’s body, and the center model’s tail into a loop so that the three figures look slightly different, but mostly the color choices are the defining differences.

Of the three, I think that the brown one came out the nicest.

I used brown on the scales and golden brown on the interior of the hood, plus a violet wash on the base (later to be covered with sand).

Then I dry-brushed the model using black to bring out the texture.

The only real detail work that is needed is black pits at the front of the nose, and black shadows in the top of the eye sockets, with yellow dots below to suggest eyes. In the following photo you can also see the sand I sprinkled over white glue I painted on the base. Once you clear-coat it with a gloss spray paint, it looks very reptilian.

The “black” snake is actually base-coated with a dark gray with a white inner-hood.

I dry-brushed it using a light gray to bring out the texture.

From a detail standpoint, I used yellow in the mouth and put two red dots for eyes.

For the “yellow” snake, I painted the inside hood yellow, and then dropped some brown paint on top of the leftover yellow. I swirled the paint a very small amount, and then picked up the mottled mixture onto the brush and used it to paint the model.   You can see the colors mix and change over the surface of the model, mostly at random based upon what part of the brush had what mixtures of paint left on it.

Then, I painted the mouth and front of the face area black, added some water to the paint and washed black over the rest of the model to darken up the low/indented areas.

Adding two red dots for eyes and gloss clear coating it completed the model.


And if you are wondering “Are three snakes enough?”…no, no they are not.


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