Wedding Gift

Here’s the completed display. I really wanted more time on the plinth, but sometimes you get what life gives you. The models represent the bride and groom along with their dog Bailey. The display ‘plinth’ is from a small tree taken on my property, I’m kind of known for my love of splitting wood so that injects something of the giver into the gift.

When I saw the pirate king, I knew right away I was going to paint it as the person it represents. Then I painted the queen as my friend the children’s librarian, who often goes purple as a reward for the summer reading program. And the dog….I originally wanted a dog-sized dog, but when I saw this model I knew it clinched the scene. Couple posing for a wedding photo as the dog goes charging past and they look on bemused.






Pirate Queen WIP 7

Sorry it’s been so long without some new pics! I picked out what I think I’ll use for the base and started sanding it, trying to figure out how to mount things. Today is another round of sanding and also I’m going to set up an adhesive test block. Hopefully also get the three minis drilled and pinned.

Meanwhile, since I did have the flag glued into the Queen’s model, I painted it up following Schubert’s post about wood grains (and also using his brown palette, muahaha). I cleaned and filed the base again, but it looks like she won’t be standing on her own until she’s on the display mount.


Shaft is Walnut based. Mid is a mix of Woodstain Brown and Chestnut Gold. High is a mix of the mid plus some Stained Ivory. End is Chestnut Gold with some Stained Ivory highlight. I know, it’s woodgrain and not bark but I wanted to try that effect. Artistic license!

Pirate Queen WIP 5

The Queen nears completion. I liked the look of the muted boots in hand under lights, but I think seeing the pics I might go back in with some more highlights as originally planned, using the recipe from Ororo’s leathers. So that and a few touch-ups and she’s pretty much done, have to keep this train moving!


Tough to see the color in the bottom of the gem from this angle, but it’s Ultramarine Shadow, then some Ultramarine Highlight with a little white. Boots following Ororo’s leathers recipe, first highlight is 2:1 Military Grey:Twilight Blue. NMM is still following kit 3 recipe, feeling rusty when painting it.