A quick photo from last week showing the ground work done on my rifle. Backgrounds taken down and smoothed. The next step is modelling the carving, or putting in the three dimensional detail, although this pattern is pretty simple and in keeping with the spirit of the rifles on which it is based.
The rifle now, at present, is carved and has it's asphaltum stain on, and the first coat of oil. Will add photos soon. The asphaltum was a success, but very very BROWN. No reddish cast at all, so I augmented with a little red stained oil. Very nice so far.