Daily Archives: July 4, 2016

Mariel Twinspar, Female Pirate: Figure 228 of 266

Chris Palmer

  This past week I started the Pirates set and painted the Mariel Twinspar, Female Pirate figure.
     I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then I gave it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsed and dried it.  Next, I glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.

 I began by painting the skin with a mix of Americana “Shading Flesh” and GW “Bronze Flesh”.  When that was dry, I gave it a wash with GW “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.  When the wash was dry, I then painted her top with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, and her pants with Americana “Zinc”

      Next, I painted the lining of her coat, and facings with Accent “Mustard Seed”.  Then I did the outside of the coat with Crafter’s Acrylic “African Violet”.  I then did her gauntlets with Folk Art “Barn Wood”.

     Painting the boots, belt, and pouch with Black was next.  Then I painted her hair with Ceramcoat “Maple Sugar Tan”; and when that was dry, I gave it, and her gauntlets,  a wash with the “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.  Next, I did initial highlights on her top with Americana “Dove Grey”.

      I then did final highlights on her top with White.  Then I did highlights on her coat lining and facings, first with Accent “Golden Harvest, and then with Crafter’s Acrylic "Bright Yellow”.  Next, I did the highlights on her pants, first with Americana “Neutral Grey”, followed with the “Storm Cloud Grey”.

     I then turned to highlighting her coat, using a mix of the “African Violet "and Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender”.  I then painted her epaulettes and the handle of the sword with the “Mustard Seed”, and the scabbard with the “Zinc”. Next I painted her hat and eyepatch with Black.  I then painted the feathers in her hat with the “Golden Harvest”.

     Next, I painted her eye, and I painted her pupil/iris with the “African Violet”, I then mixed a little of the “African Violet” with some of the “Shading Flesh”, and added a bit of eye shadow.  I painted her lips with a mix of the “Shading Flesh” and Americana “Opaque Red”.  I then highlighted her skin; beginning with a mix of the “Bronze Flesh"and the "Shading Flesh”, and then I added a little Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh” to the mix, and lastly I added a little White to the mix.  I then highlighted all the Black parts by mixing a little Ceramcoat “Denim Blue” with the Black.
   I turned now to highlighting the plume on her hat using first the “Bright Yellow”, then some Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”.  I felt it still needed a little definition, so I gave it a light wash with the “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.   Next, I worked on her hair, using first the base “Maple Syrup Tan”, and then using Americana “Buttermilk”, and lastly some White.
    Next, I worked on the metallics, painting her sword hilt, scabbard fittings, and epaulettes with, first, Ceramcoat “Bronze”, and then with Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.  I then painted her scabbard, and belt buckle with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”, followed by highlights with Folk Art “Silver Sterling”.
   At this point I decided I wanted to get a little fancy, and decided to do some free hand floral designs on her coat.  I first painted small stems across the coat using Americana “Olive Green”; I then went over the stems again to give them dimension, using Crafter’s Acrylic “Holiday Green”.  Next, I painted half a flower bud with Crafter’s Acrylic “Bright Yellow”, and the other half with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow.”
     Lastly, I painted he base with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.  Since my pirates usually fight on board ships, or in taverns, I usually don’t flock them.    After the figure had overnight to dry, I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.   The next morning I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

     I’m very pleased with how this pirate turned out.  I’m glad I made the extra effort to decorate her coat, though in retrospect I wish I had taken a little more time with it, and concentrated on spacing and uniformity of the designs more.

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Sally 4th Corner Shops


Sally 4th Corner Shops, completed

Sally 4th Corner Shops, completed

During my very enjoyable experience at Partizan in June, I had a chance to look at the buildings from Sally 4th with the photo-realistic covers applied to them.  I picked up the corner shops, part of the Normandy range, and brought it home.  I had begun construction a couple of weeks ago, but life got in the way.  I had a chance over the three-day weekend to finish it.  Bottom line:  I am extremely pleased with this kit and will be getting more of them.

Corner shops prior to the application of photo-realistic cover sheets

Corner shops prior to the application of photo-realistic cover sheets

The basic building as an MDF kit, not unlike others.  There are a couple of unique features that I really like.  First the buildings have interior walls.  Second, all the windows and doors come with clear plastic pieces, so they look like real windows.  Finally, I really like the way the roof is constructed.  The outside, visible portion is part of the exterior of the walls.  The support for the roof fits inside the peaked portions of the walls.  This gives a very nice look with full roof support.  The MDF is thick and sturdy and does not warp.

Applying the photo-realistic covers tot he dormer windows

Applying the photo-realistic covers tot he dormer windows

I also found the step-by-step instructions easy to follow.  Each step included a color illustration.  This was the first of the Sally 4th buildings I have constructed, and am no good with paper models, but this kit went together like a dream, and the final product is terrific.

Some of the exteriors applied

Some of the exteriors applied

You can purchase the professionally printed photo-realistic covers on thick card or you can download the cover sheets and print them yourself.  In this case, I opted to purchase the cover sheets while I was at Partizan.  I figured that the pre-printed sheets on card were cheaper than me printing them at home and would look better.

Beginning to apply the photo-realistic cover sheets

Beginning to apply the photo-realistic cover sheets

The scary part for me was beginning to apply the photo-realistic covers.  Up to this point, any mistakes could be easily corrected.  Once I started cutting paper, mistakes would be harder to correct.  Since I didn’t print the covers myself, I thought that reprinting any mistakes on my home printer might not match those I purchased.  The photo-covers come in several sheets and are easily cut out with an X-acto or scissors.  The registration was perfect.  When I cut out the sheets, including cutting out the windows, and laid them against the MDF, they lined up perfectly.

The next step. You can see that there are photo-realistic covers for the top portion of the brick wall around the terrace.

The next step. You can see that there are photo-realistic covers for the top portion of the brick wall around the terrace.

The windows and doors were a three-step process.  The glazing is glued to the clear plastic and then glued into the openings.  Then the brick frames of the windows and doors are glued into place.  The effect is really nice.

This view shows the interior of the second floor, which lifts out.

This view shows the interior of the second floor, which lifts out easily.

You can see that the interiors are detailed with interior walls.  Sally 4th offers optional wallpaper for the building interiors and optional interior stairwells.  In the picture above, you can see where the stairways would fit.  They also sell optional bombed out roof sections to replace the nice ones that come with the kit.  I saw these at Partizan, and thought they looked great!

Nearing completion -- the exterior is mostly done

Nearing completion – the exterior is mostly done

In the picture above you can see the awnings and the color instruction booklet.  I have elected not to attach the awnings to make the buildings easier to store, but it is nice that you have that options.

Nearing completing -- the side view

Nearing completing – the side view

At this point, I had not picked up a paint brush.  All of this work was done with an X-acto, scissors, and Elmer’s blue.  I later applied a little dark gray paint to the tops of the chimneys and painted the shutters for the windows, but that was all.

Almost done -- the front

Almost done – the front

The cylinders coming out of the chimneys were meant to be rolls of paper.  Demonstrating my poor skill with paper models, I muffed the first one and decided to cut bits of black straws instead.  My straws don’t look as good as the paper ones shown on the Sally 4th Web page.

Done -- the side

Completed side of the building with some 28mm figures for scale

As I said earlier, despite a couple of rookie mistakes, this building went together with little muss or fuss.  I like the way the kit includes corner brickwork that hides the seams between the cover sheets on the walls and roof.  I have already ordered the Norman church — which comes with three different steeple tops for different eras.  I will likely order a couple more of the Normandy buildings in the near future.

Done -- the back terrace

Done – the back terrace

If you are at Historicon, I will be using this building in one of my Saturday Combat Patrol™ games.  Come by and take a look.

Before I discovered Sally 4th, I had been ordering one or two of the Crescent Root buildings each month.  The Sally 4th and Crescent Root buildings will mix nicely.

Again, I highly recommend this kit and the others in the series.  It took me no longer to complete this building than any similarly-sized MDF building, but the final product looks nicer than I would have achieved by painting it instead of using the photo-realistic covers.

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