The watchtower from Princess Mononoke

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EffeteDenizen

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I have always loved this film and especially this single wooden tower.

There's a few places I dream of building one day, but I thought this one would be a nice place to begin.

It's made at 28mm scale for table-top RPGs.

I built it out of basswood, air-drying clay and white twine. I lost count of how many tiny knots I tied across this thing!

Sadly the entire thing is actually leaning to one side. I can fix this when I base it by raising up two of the legs.
This was caused by an actual earthquake while the glue was setting. The frame shifted and when I got home from work I found it had set crooked!

First time an earthquake has interfered with my glue.
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Here you can see lumps of blutac holding the tower level.

I'm proud of my little ladder.
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Anyway, I'm done with the initial construction, I need to base it and paint it.

I need some guidance with the painting, I've not painted wood before and want to preserve the grain if I can.
Do I base coat the entire thing and paint it like a plastic kit or do I use stains/varnishes?
 

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