|Starfleet survivor and head nurse of the USS Enterprise, Christine Chapel|
|With most shotguns made out of non-metal composite materials, I didn't have to use any metallic paints (yeaaa)|
|But Christine Chapel is blonde you scream ...|
If you are a Star Trek: The Original Series enthusiast, let's get the proverbial elephant in the room out of the way first. In the 1960's TV show, Christine Chapel sported a blonde hairdo so technically if you are picky I have made a major blunder in her colour scheme. But I broke with canon and went with red hair because I felt it would make the overall colours more vivid. Actually if you observe the same character many years later in the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, you can clearly see that she now spots dark brownish hair. So Chapel would not have been adverse to sporting red hair.
|Christine Chapel was played by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry|
|Orange hair made for a better combination with the blue-grey-azure dress and green satchel|
|Side views of Head Nurse Christine Chapel|
Here is a bit of Star Trek trivia for you ... did you know that Majel Barret also portrayed Lwaxana Troi i.e. mother of Deana Troi who is a major character in the Star Trek: The Next Generation. And she is also the voice of most of the onboard computer interfaces heard throughout the TV series.
|Her hair was well sculpted and made painting it very easy|
|Her skin tone was painted with a rosy undertone|
|I felt red hair made for a better colour combo with her green satchel and blue/azure dress|
For her skin tone, I referred again to online references and found a Vallejo Model Color paint recipe for rosy skin. The rosy flesh colours formed an undertone upon which lighter skin shades were painted on. I might have gone a tad overboard with the lightness of her skin but I am happy the rosy undertones still managed to show through. In such cases, it helps to paint in dilute and thin layers.
|Chapel shown next to a 31-mm paperclip and the smallest coin in the Malaysian currency|
Next up in this LNoE-Star Trek project is another major character from the Original Series who speaks Klingon. If you are a fan you know who I am talking about but if you're not please stay tuned!