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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3 thoughts on “Mariel Twinspar, Female Pirate: Figure 228 of 266

  1. Unbelievable detail, especially for the cloak and the feather. Always enjoy your work, thanks for sharing.

    Your comment about fighting on ships and bases intrigued me as I did a half-orc pirate for my daughter Ellen (who I believe you met last year at Barrage). Anyways, I used matchsticks (bought in 1987 in Germany no less) that I sized up to create a base for her that resembled a ship’s deck – here is the link to see if this would work for you (there are two female half-orcs but one is a pirate):

    https://markamorin.com/2016/01/24/reaper-dark-heaven-legends-female-half-orcs-for-my-daughter-ellen-morin/

    What do you think?

    • cnjpalmer says:

      Thanks, Mark!

      That base you did (as well as the two figures!) is really great. I don’t know if I have the patience for such tedious work; especially if it’s for more than one figure! But it certainly is a trick I will file away for just the right time. Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

  2. Appreciate the nice comments – it (deck making on bases) actually went faster than other project tasks that I have done – I ended up splitting the matchsticks in half lengthwise, and sizing up to the base, and using tweezers and wood glue. Of course Carson glasses help immensely!

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