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In the name of the moon! by ElfOfVirtue In the name of the moon! by ElfOfVirtue
Since I was a kid I always wanted my own Sailor Moon figure. However, I could never find any decent-quality ones that weren't crazy expensive and/or something you had to assemble and paint yourself. Well, I finally bought an unpainted and unassembled kit off ebay, and a few weeks later here she is! I painted her using acrylic paints, and the base is a varnished/finished piece of wood from the Home Depot.

This is my first time doing anything even remotely like this, and I'm really happy with how she turned out. I had to paint parts of it with a toothpick since they were so tiny. Please be nice since it's my first attempt. I know the colors are off on some parts, but I wanted her to look like she looked on our old TV back in the 90s, weird colors and all XD


Also, sorry about the background. OTL It's our kitchen..the only place in our house with decent natural light. I may eventually set up some sort of background...thing...and retake these, but for now this will have to do!







Sailor Moon (c) Naoko Takeuchi
I did NOT make the mold for this model, I merely assembled and painted it.
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meteor-echo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really sweet!
For the future - the tinier parts of figurines are easier to paint with a needle than with a toothpick.
Did you use an airbrush, or just brushes to paint her? :3
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, that's good advice! (I never thought of that or saw that online!) I just used brushes--I'm a college student so I have neither the money/time/space to invest in an airbrush ^^;
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meteor-echo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Question: did you use any kind of primer for this kit? I heard that resin kits need coating in a primer before you paint them :T
Needles are better than toothbrushes because you can make more precise lines/small elements with them, and you can scrape the excessive paint off with them, too. Also, metal is not porous, unlike wood, so it is easier to wipe paint residue off a needle :>
I wonder if there are more closeup photos of your kit? :3
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, I didn't--I just washed it very thoroughly with warm water and dish soap, and the paint had no problem sticking. (I did a lot of research beforehand on the subject, and it worked out nicely.)

Unfortunately I don't. The figure is at my permanent address, and I'm out of town at college ^^;
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meteor-echo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh. I'm thinking about painting a resin kit myself, but I heard that you need primer, or the paint will peel afterwards :I Weird.
Well, I hope you finish that Pluto one - it already looks awesome!
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should! They're super fun. :)
I've never had that problem. If you scrub them really thoroughly with dish soap, they won't peel (I did hours of research beforehand and talked to a hobbie shop owner about it). Basically, just make sure you wear gloves while you paint if you don't use primer--if you touch it too much, the oils from your skin can screw it up.
Thanks! I will, eventually--I just need to remember to get silver paint next time I go home @.@ My college is in a tiny town that doesn't have much in it.
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meteor-echo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'll go and buy enamels/primer/whatever else in an art supply store. Seems like getting a kit and painting it is cheaper in the long run than hunting for gashapons. The Saturn and Pluto Gashapons cost at least SIXTY BUCKS EACH. My pockets shrivel in fear when they hear that, I'm telling you.
Did you polish your kit with sandpaper before you painted it? I know that sandpapered resin takes paint much better, but I never really found info on how enamel adheres to non-sandpapered resin ._.
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. I'd try e2046.com for models--they are high quality and generally affordable. Keep in mind, though, that even if the figure may be cheap, the entire thing can get pricey. My Sailor Moon figure cost little, but once I factored in the paints, stand, tools, etc., it ran about $75. And that's pretty cheap, from what I've seen. It's not a super cheap hobby.

No, I literally just washed it and painted it. I had absolutely no issues whatsoever with the paint not sticking. Luckily, the one I bought (though it was the "cheap" "bad" kind from Hong Kong), it didn't need almost any prep work. But it really depends on how much work you want to put into it and how comfortable you are.
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Animemegami Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg! That is soo cute! XD
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^
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Animemegami Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome! XD
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jedigirl528 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute! This is rly good!
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!! :hug:
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DarKHunTeR89 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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LBorstProductions Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I have been trying to find a figure to do!! I haven't been able to find one!! :(
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found mine on ebay. I just kept checking for a while until one came up that I liked. Happy hunting!
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LBorstProductions Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!! :D
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tfcreate Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work!
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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usagi2ranpha Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
I think you did a lovely job on the painting and I love the color choice. :3
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much ^^
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TalliHoo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did a really great job!
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! :hug:
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Miyeong Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   General Artist
Kawaii Usagi!^^
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kyri-lynn-panda Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
From what I can see it looks great!
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Ryu-No-Joou Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think she looks really good! Great job!

This is the same SM I want to build for my collection. :heart:
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OriginStory Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is really awesome!
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stephdumas Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Very cute :)
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SerahFarr0n Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask?
Where did you buy your acrylic paints?
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I bought them at a local hobby shop. I think it really helped to see the paint colors in person (as opposed to on a computer screen). I spent some time asking the owner for his advice, too. I ended up buying two brands: Tamiya Color and Model Color (which I liked better).

Good luck painting yours! ^^
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SerahFarr0n Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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SerahFarr0n Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG that's the one I have but I haven't painted her yet *sniff sniff*
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flamejoker Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
it's perfect i love it
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! *-*
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flamejoker Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
ur welcome
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Imbriaart Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well done for a first time the paint choices are spot on. you even got a feel of texture with the red boots vs the soft skin tone
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you! I really appreciate your kind words ^^
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Imbriaart Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your Welcome
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! Looks like you did a great job! I have this kit too, and I totally agree, it's one of the best sailor moon poses out there.
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, it was tough finding one I liked, but I ended up being really happy with this one
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yes, some of them are really scary or not being made anymore. I found this gorgeous one on the site I get my kits from, she even has her moon wand! But it's sold out and they're probably not making more T_T
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Lycoris36 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow nice work! So much better than the one I bought!
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, thank you! That's a very nice compliment :)
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Lycoris36 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
You're very welcome ^_^
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anaturtle Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Photographer
kool
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xxClaireBearxx1 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omj this is amazing I love it!!!
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much! :blush: :hug:
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ElvenFireFly Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool C:
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ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks ^-^
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