Pirate Ghost Ship Diorama Custom Diorama / Playset
A pirate ghost ship diorama, really a platform for the DC Silver Age oddballs featured in Doctor Thirteen: Architecture & Mortality originally published as a backup in Tales of the Unexpected. This protest comic was a nostalgic look and subtle dig at the "architects" bent on rewriting the DC Universe by getting rid of silly characters like Infectious Lass, Doctor Thirteen, Captain Fear, and a Nazi gorilla. A laugh riot for Silver Age fans. And it got the author (Brian Azzrello) in trouble for portraying "giants" like Grant Morrison and Dan DiDio in a poor light. Among other silliness, the oddballs sail the skies on Captain Fear's ghost ship. Check it out. This ghost ship is squashed together from an Imaginext set picked up cheap. I took the front of the ship and loaded on all the elements from the back: sails, cannons, crow's nest, companionway, captain's door. I added a few dowels and strands of string as rigging. I end up with a dense model only 10 inches deep. I sprayed it with Krylon Fusion (bonds to plastic, but makes it super-slippery), then white primer (to get some "tooth" for paint to stick), then washed it with water-thinned black that I wiped off with a rag. The wash brings out the details, which are amazing. The toy designers even put wooden "checks" (cracks) in the figurehead "wood". The white background and open design make it an ideal platform for colorful action figures. Now I just need to make six or seven to fill it up.
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