Treasure chest
Again the plan was for lots of drama and to work off the pirate theme. From top to bottom you have the pirates fighting then the drama of the high seas and how better to end it than with a treasure chest – the ultimate prize for a pirate.

The chest is actually a very simple application, I found a basic box at the craft store and stained and painted it. The stain was the same as the hull of the ship. The trim was painted with a base of yellow acrylics with a dry-brush coat of brass to give it some shine.

The rope handles were added to give it more of a chest feel. The ropes are pairs of twisted twine (hemp string). They are held together with a bit of white glue. I cut them about a quarter inch too long on either end. I wrapped the ends with masking tape to act as a guide to get the loose ends into the holes I pre-drilled. I cut the excess off on the inside. The handle color is a basecoat of household stain to match the box part and then some oil washes to give shadows and depth.

A’Hoy Matie - Aaarggg – this was a fantastic project that really challenged my skill set. I learned some new techniques, I honed the skills I already had and came out with a great show piece (IMHO).

This project was a huge lesson in Planning. The plan was there all the time and I never had to worry about what was coming next.
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  • OilPaints

About the Author

About Scott Lodder (slodder)

I modeled when I was a teenager. College, family and work stopped me for a while. Then I picked it back up after about 12 years off. My main focus is dioramas. I like the complete artistic method of story telling. Dioramas involve so many aspects of modeling and I enjoy getting involved in the ...


Excellent article Scott.
OCT 07, 2006 - 08:09 PM
GREAT article Scott!! And great subject/model too! well, 14 pages is a lot for my english skills and i will have to start all over again but you prove that dioramas is the king of modelism genres because here you can really DARE, you are only limited by your imagination!
OCT 07, 2006 - 08:21 PM
Arrrrr!!! Nice work matey! It's got a great sense of action/motion. Excellent job documenting the build too! Cheers, Jim PS: About those links... try putting them back in. I need to see them in action to figure out why they are failing.
OCT 07, 2006 - 11:55 PM
Thanks for the complements It was a blast to build and I hope some people can learn a tip or trick. PS - the links are on page 14
OCT 08, 2006 - 12:46 AM
Hi scott, As somebody who has an interest in the subject of the time of the Pirates and often enjoy playing a variety of games, I have really enjoyed both the review and the pictures that accompany the text. I have often looked at the Pirates series by Verlinden and may well look again with an intention to buy as I feel a little inspired by the work that you have done. Many thanks, and this is my first visit to Model Geek, so I may now visit again. John
OCT 08, 2006 - 02:13 AM
Great article Scott, well written ,easy to follow with and great photography. I always wanted to do something with water and waves and I had read many others on how to achieve such, but your has a bit more since to it. You put in a ton of time and effort into this article feature, you deserve a round of applause. Joe
OCT 08, 2006 - 09:28 AM
Thanks Joe - the encouragement makes the work worth it Hopefully you jump in and try some water - just ask any questions, I'd be happy to help. John - pirates are Great, a bit of color, a bit of 'fantasy', total creativity, and you keep a bit of military base too. Hope to see you around MG more often - it's a fun place
OCT 08, 2006 - 04:12 PM
Great article and well executed dio. It's well worth reading and learning a few new tricks and also getting a reminder of a lot of features already showed on Modelgeek. Well done Scott Cheers Claude
OCT 08, 2006 - 06:03 PM