One of the reasons I’ve been so distracted lately is because of a package I got in the mail the other day. I actually wasn’t expecting either for at least another week and a half, so it was a surprise for me too.
I’ve been wanting one of the One Piece model ships for quite a while now. Originally, I was going to get the Going Merry. I think it’s cuter than the Thousand Sunny and I like the character’s outfits better than the 2 year time skip. However, I own a little lego-ish version of the Thousand Sunny, so I thought it’d be better to get something that matched. That and I wanted something more complex. That was a huge mistake. I under-estimated how TINY the pieces were going to be and the level of details that go into it. I wasn’t expecting as much as I got, so I definitely bit off more than I could chew.
One of my friends suggested that an air brush could make it look super professional, since you can’t get flat coats of paint with a brush, but I don’t think I’m ready to commit that much money into this, since a decent air brush (with a compressor) costs quite a bit. Maybe someday. For now, I’m just going to deal with what I have (I’m already painting with “normal” acrylic paints and brushes) and a whole lot of patience.
The brush strokes are driving me insane. I really wish I could prime it, but I’m afraid of losing details.
This is the base I painted. It’s not perfect, because my lines aren’t straight, but I think it looks alright. As long as the paint doesn’t peel off or something, I think I may do alright with the rest of the ship. I’ll just have to make it and never touch it again.