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PostPosted: September 25th, 2020, 4:21 am 
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This kit brings back a LOT of memories as I did a few of them in my early teen years. I remember at the time, that I thought it was the best paint job I ever did - most likely with those gloppy Testor enamel paints.

Anyway this was re-released by Round 2 and is 1:12 scale. Comes with a few sprues of parts and then the deck planking in 2 big sheets. I also comes with a large sheet of decals.

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Starting right in I gave all the parts a coat of Stynylrez tan primer. There was some flash and the deck and box parts had a slight warp to them, but nothing serious. Things went so smoothly I even used the primer as the base color and started in with some Vallejo Dark Brown Wash.

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My first mistake was painting the skeletons so dark. I knew I wanted them aged. But this was too much. Took a lot to get them to a dark ivory or sand color.

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The seam down the two sides of the cannon was tough to get rid of. So I solved the problem by dabbing on some Tamiya putty. Got rid of the seam lines and also help the gun have that cast look. My plan was to paint it a mix of deep green and black, then dry brush some bronze over that. I added some of Citadel's verdigris paint here and there.

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It was then a matter of painting and washing a LOT of wood grain. Only the standing skeleton had color call outs for his clothes, so I just closed by eyes and picked a color for the guy in the box. I wanted them dusty dirty, so I added some gray to the colors to bring down the color value. But I also ended up with some brown pigment to get them even more dusty. The Standing pirates shirt had decals for stripes, but I just did them by hand.

Speaking of decals they were VERY thick. The standing guy had a headband in addition to the bandana. But the decal was so thick that even after 4 or 5 coats of Micro Sol, I couldn't get it to snug down. so I just pulled it off. The other place I had a problem was the decals in the squares of the box lid. They too just wouldn't snuggle down into the wood grain. I the end I had to make a lot of slits in the decal film and it still wasn't perfect. Good idea to keep the box lid open. ;) The map also had a decal, but I didn't want to sand down all the raised detail, so I just painted the map by hand as well.

With that I was done. Thanks for looking.

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PostPosted: September 25th, 2020, 4:58 am 
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Even with all the pitfalls this came out really nice.

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PostPosted: September 25th, 2020, 3:49 pm 
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Skeletons turned out great in the end.

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PostPosted: September 25th, 2020, 6:27 pm 
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Really sharp.
That woodgrain looks perfect.

Good to know about the decals when I go to tackle mine.

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PostPosted: September 25th, 2020, 6:38 pm 
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I had the same problems with the decals on mine too - very hard to snuggle down on the chest needing tons of MicroSol. I gave up on the decals on the vest and scarf too. I think yours turned out better than mine!!! :D

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PostPosted: September 26th, 2020, 7:20 pm 
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Nice job! I missed getting this latest issue. Hope that they put it out again - soon...


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Glad to see this kit built. And you did another great paint job Kev!

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PostPosted: September 27th, 2020, 1:36 am 
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Thanks, guys!

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Skeletons DID turn out great indeed. Out of curiosity, what colour would you have used on the skeletons instead of the dark brown wash?

A guy on Youtube shot pretty much the entire kit in a black primer...


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Aurora 484 wrote:
Skeletons DID turn out great indeed. Out of curiosity, what colour would you have used on the skeletons instead of the dark brown wash?

A guy on Youtube shot pretty much the entire kit in a black primer...

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Well they started dark and then I dry-brushed them lighter. Was had to get what I wanted with out making the dry-brushing look chalky. I think it would have been easier to paint the bones a buff or beige, then added an ivory highlight, then washed the whole thing in Agrax Earthshade.

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PostPosted: October 18th, 2020, 12:11 am 
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kevtk135 wrote:
Aurora 484 wrote:
Skeletons DID turn out great indeed. Out of curiosity, what colour would you have used on the skeletons instead of the dark brown wash?

A guy on Youtube shot pretty much the entire kit in a black primer...

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Well they started dark and then I dry-brushed them lighter. Was had to get what I wanted with out making the dry-brushing look chalky. I think it would have been easier to paint the bones a buff or beige, then added an ivory highlight, then washed the whole thing in Agrax Earthshade.


Thanks for the reply. I bought Duel With Death as Hex is not available here. I'm looking for suggestions as to how to do the skeletons and this one seems like a good one. I think that I'll use it.


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PostPosted: October 18th, 2020, 2:00 pm 
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Sounds like a plan. I really like the Citadel washes or whatever they call them now over a light tan and you’d be good to go.

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Just beautiful....avast ye swab.....four sheets into the wind! Love it!

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Just beautiful....avast ye swab.....four sheets into the wind! Love it!

Thank you!

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