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#13226
Painting advice needed 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
OK, so I've been faced with a painting challenge.

I really dig the new Pirates of the Caribbean toys out by Zizzle, small and cheap pirate action figures and accessories for the new movie this summer. The figures are 3 3/4" tall, and the accessories include a playset of a small fort.

(picture here: www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ZIZ00120#LargeImage)

So -- I like this fort, but it has problems. First, it's not painted -- just cast in grey plastic. It doesn't even look as good as the picture, and the picture doesn't make it look THAT good.

Still, while it is flawed, it's only $30, it is large, it is a great backdrop for the figures, and it's a fun pirate playset. What it really needs is a paintjob.

Now, the stonework is easy enough. A coat of black primer, some drybrushing, it'll be fine. I can even add some moss etc., it will look fantastic.

BUT -- there's a lot of wood here. There are beams, and there's that huge wheel. And while the stone has SOME texture, the wood is just smooth plastic.

And so we get -- finally -- to the point. What recommendations do you have for painting smooth plastic to create a good wooden appearance?

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#13227
Painting advice needed 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
All i have to say is Yipppie... 3 and 3/4 inch Pirates... now I can have Pirate and Jedi Fights :P


Who cares about Ninjas vs. Pirates i can do Pirates vs. Jedi becuase these are ths same scale as SW figures...

Avast ye scurvy Jedi...
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#13228
Painting advice needed 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
L -

1.) Grab your razor saw, or a coarse to medium hacksaw blade.
2.) Drag the blade sideways along the beams to create a wood grain.
3.) Prime 'em in black or very dark brown.
4.) Main coat is anywhere from walnut to teak; remember, these beams are NOT brand new wood; they've been heavily weathered.
5.) Highlight them in a lighter brown, somewhere from teak to light oak - it is drybrushed Highlights ONLY.
6.) A light wash of maroon ink.

If you are comfortable with it, do everything but the drybrushing and the wash with an airbrush; it will reduce the thickness of each coat, believe it or not.

7.) Post LOTS OF PICS WHEN FINISHED!!!
8.) Gloat and bask in the knowledge that you did it, now all of US have to match or beat your glorious paint job!!

See ya!

Jim
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#13229
Painting advice needed 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
Thanks for the tips! I'll definitely have to try this. I was thinking about how to score the plastic, but I was afraid it wouldn't look right -- that it would look like scratched plastic more than wood grain. But this sounds like a promising plan....

Oh, and as for the 3 3/4" pirates, GS? They are incredibly fun. A little overpriced at $7 a pop, they feel more like $5 items. But they have a good amount of detail, they are somewhat articulated, and there is a good variety of figures available (right now they seem to be showing, slowly around the country, only at Target). The real kicker for me is the extensiveness of the accessories -- I'm an old-school kid, grew up with Star Wars, where every figure had his own car, his own home, his own STUFF. The new POTC line has figures, but it also has rowboats, cannons, a big Black Pearl playset, this playset I want to repaint, and a few others. It's not super-high quality in sculpt and paint like McFarlane stuff, but it's cheap, it will soon be plentiful, and there hasn't really been a cheap action figure line for pirates in...well, ever. Highly recommended.

Now, whether or not the MOVIE will be any good. . .

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#13230
Painting advice needed 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Pics up in the Cool Photos section -- not quite done yet, but getting there!

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#13231
Painting advice needed 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
For a good wood grain texture buy a wire brush in your local hardware store and drag it across the surface a couple times. It works great for giving an uneven wood grain texture to wood and plastic.
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#13232
Painting advice needed 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
L -

I saw the Pics; they looked pretty damn good!

See? I TOLD you you could do it.

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