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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
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
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 ^^;
meteor-echo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
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
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 ^^;
meteor-echo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
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!
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.
meteor-echo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
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 ._.
ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. I'd try 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
ElfOfVirtue Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^
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