The inspiration
I build out of inspiration, I derive my spark from almost anywhere and the diversity of my projects reflects this. It was no surprise that I found myself with a VP Pirate set. The characters in it were animated and colorful. It would be a great diversion from typical World War II subject matter. I also try to expand my skill set with every project and this one fit the bill with a number of new techniques I would need to develop.
This kit is just the figures, no ship, no deck, no cannon. From that I set off to plan on scratch building the rest of the project. I liked the backdrop of box art with the cannon, but I didn’t want to simply duplicate what was presented. I wanted my own creativity infused. I studied the figures poses and came to the conclusion that separate elevations were necessary for the full dramatic affect that the stance of these figures have. I also wanted to include rigging of some kind. When I was a kid I took a trip to see the USS Constellation in Baltimore.
I came away from that visit intrigued and in awe of the all the ropes and rigging. I had visions of crew scrambling up and down the miles of rope. The rigging draws attention and creates movement and visual interest. I wanted to include that in my project.
So with a vision in my head I set off on getting the idea out of my head on to paper.
I have learned that no matter how big or small a project is planning is most important part. I’ll share an acronym I learned once – P6 – Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance (you can make it P7 but I’ll keep it G rated).
My first stop in research was the kit.
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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