Sarissa Precision – Pagoda Review and Paint

Keeping with my current theme of all things Test of Honour I’m back with another amazing build, paint and review of Sarrisa Precisions Pagoda.  Must like the Temple Bell I did recently a lot of the techniques used will be the same.  So I won’t bore people with all the how too’s and simply refer people back.

I have to say when I started taking all the pieces out of the Package I did think where do I start with this.  It has a lot of bits to it and it really needs it.  To make the Pagoda look traditional you need the complex structure to hold the sections and roof in place.  As with the Temple Bell its a mix of MDF and Greyboard.  the greyboard being used for the roofing tiles, its a must as trying to make it from MDF and being able to bend it into shape is just asking for screaming and a rage quit moment.

From the off like many people, I just wanted to glue it all together and be like I can use it now, but as I have done this sort of thing before I know in Madness that way lies.  You have to take a bit of time and a lot of pieces are better to paint beforehand, that way it makes it a lot easier and keeps you sane.  Starting with the main base plate I used the same method I did with the stone work on the Bell Tower, mixing various colours and just sponging them on.  It gives a nice mottled stone effect that doesn’t look too uniform.  The Railing I painted a gloss black to make it look really nice, I wasn’t convinced at first and it really wasn’t till I hit the end that I thought okay that does work.

With the base built I decided to pop all the bits out of the sheets and then dry fit it to see how it looked.  In all honesty, I could have left it all in the sheets and undercoated it all and done the detailing that way.  If I did another one that’s exactly what I would do.  Having the items flat would make it a lot easier.  The kit is so well done that you have more than enough tolerance to get it to all fit together.  Glue wise I use a product called Super ‘phatic that’s designed for MDF.  Once it dries it goes very solid and I managed to drop the roof section once it was dry and winced even as it bounced.

The first section after the base I painted was the Top roof, I really was acting like a giddy kid and wanted to see how it looked.  Second mistake and something I didn’t repeat with the other roof sections was glueing it before painting.  It was a total paint because of the size of the piece and on future floors, I painted them flat, dry brushed and then assembled.  But we do live and learn.

The roof sections are done just right if you gently curve the greyboard before assembly it glues nicely with a few clips to hold in place and you’re done.

The main colour for the wall sections after a light undercoat is Khaki Grey (Vallejo 70880), I then added Yellow Ochre (Vallejo 913) and worked down 3-4 more layers to make areas look a bit weathered.  My theme is places that have fallen out of favour and repair.  Once I was happy I used a Vallejo Gloss black for the woodwork (70.861).  It gave a better effect than I was expecting as well.  The wood sections were painted in Dark Umber from Wilconsons and then dry brushed with light coats of the Khaki Grey along the edges and planks to give some definition.

The tile sections are painted in a watered down Vallejo Dark Grey (70994), I then sponged on lighter colours and dragged them with the sponge towards the bottom of the tiles.  It took a bit of time to get the effect to look right but I’m really pleased with the overall result.

So over part of a weekend and a couple of evenings, I worked my way through the sections painting and assembling as I went.  By the time it was all done and put together I have to say I surprised myself with how much I had enjoyed it.  Which is funny as at one point I had remarked to Mark that once was enough.

So if you are looking for a centrepiece then you really can’t go wrong with this kit.  It’s well designed, the instructions are spot on and at no point was I left thinking where does this go in any way.  Beyond test of Honour, it works for anything of this style be that Bushido, Daisho, Nemesis and Torii.

Finally my thanks go out to Steve at Sarissa for giving me the chance to assemble, paint and review what for me is a great piece of terrain.


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