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So I realize that it's a pic from a video game and thus hard to think of how it transfers over to reality, but I really like that effect on the blackish metallic-ish parts on the Galbadian soldiers' armor from FF8. I'd like to try and duplicate the effect on a kit, but I can't tell how I'd do it. It looks too worn and flat to be metallic. Maybe just a combination of a dark color with some silver dry brushing and highlights? I honestly have no idea how to translate this effect into irl 3d and unfortunately these were the best pics i could find. Just take a shot in the dark, if anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them. Thanks.

Model Gallery / MG Zaku II 2.0 old style (now with pictures... >_>)
« on: February 20, 2009, 03:22:30 PM »

Figured I might as well post one of my kits for once. MG Zaku II 2.0 obviously. I filled every last little detail on the kit to give it the old-style Zaku look. It's kind of weird doing a kit where the entire point is to make it look as unremarkable as possible--the amount of effort put into it is inversely related to the amount of work it looks like was put into it in the outcome. I usually hate the anime look, but I think it came out well this time. It reminds me of Kou's quote about the GM Custom in 0083: "Remarkable for being completely unremarkable."

In before "clean your tv" and/or remarks about the other older kits scattered around it which look like crap.

Edit: Actually took some better pictures. They're a little dark...

ever thought of shaving down artists' pastels really really pointy (like a pencil) and then panel lining a kit and spreading it/wiping off excess with a kleenex for a wash-like effect?Is this doomed to end in failure? I seem to be incapable of doing washes so I thought I would give it a try... I know you can get a similar effect with a micron pen but the idea intrigued me and i wanted to know if it had been done before, or if it was even possible.

Title prettymuch says it all. Right now what I do is go about 50% acrylic paint 50% water. This is the cheapest way to do it but would it be better to use thinner or something, or oil paints like most do? When I do washes I coat the surface in the mix and then wipe it off in vertical streaks with a kleenex but occasionally I'll still get a ton of water marks left over. Thanks

Finishes, Decals, and Weathering / Weathering black-painted surfaces?
« on: December 15, 2008, 10:57:18 AM »
Gonna give my MG Spiegel a battle-hardened look without going overboard for a birthday present for my brother. Anyway point being I'm replacing the dark blue with black because the other two colors are red and yellow (aside from the white) and I wanted the red-yellow-black of the German flag. My question is any suggestions on weathering black surfaces? Usually you weather with a darker color than the surface color but that's not an option here.

I want to do some paint chipping, so I'm considering whether dark gray would show up well enough on black because that's what I'll be using on the rest of the kit. If not, steel would look kind of ridiculous if the rest of the kit is chipped with dark grey right? Also, for a wash, would it be stupid and/or pointless to give the black colors a dark grey wash? (Leaning towards yes to both on this one.) Anyway, examples and/or suggestions would be HUGELY helpful here. Thanks

Model Gallery / My first airbrushed kit (critiques more than welcome)
« on: June 16, 2008, 08:06:03 PM »
Johnny ridden's Gelgoog marine. Works canonically, since the Marines served under Kycillia, as did Ridden, and... no one cares.

Anyway, I'm reasonably happy since it's the first thing I ever tried my airbrush on. ran into a lot of problems but it didn't come out too bad in the end. I learned a lot which is important.

Also, it's not that shiny in real life; the camera flash did it.

Model Gallery / HGUC Yu Kajima's GM Command
« on: June 08, 2008, 10:35:12 PM »
I've done like a trillion gunpla and never post them here, so here goes. I just finished this. To start, I doubt many of you have played the Saturn Blue Destiny games. This is Yu Kajima's GM Command made for a diorama where he's fighting the BD-1 as seen in the games. The reason it's a Space Type is that that's what he pilots in the games--in the manga, they changed it to some random variant that was the artist's interpretation of a standard GM, and I like the games a lot more than the manga anyway. Anyway, I never ended up buying the BD-1, so it's standalone for now, but I might. The thing with the ankles and feet and whatnot is that it's supposed to look like it was fighting on the ground for a long time, after a long and drawn-out battle with BD-1; that involves mud, sand, etc, and it looks stupid to see mud splashed up to the neck of a twenty meter robot. The landscape is more barren and muddy and dead than all grassy, but this was the only real bsae I had made at the moment lol, it's just an action base with crap on it. Anyway, I really like how this came out. Entirely handbrushed, although I did buy an airbrush a couple days ago... it's just been too damn hot and humid to use it. Anyway, enjoy.

[Edit: After reading the picture posting guidelines, decided to just link these]


After watching Votoms, I've gained a new love for grunt suits, so I decided to do my old MG Zaku II (ver 1.0) in the style it's seen in in The 08th MS Team. Only mods I did to this were the addition of shoulder spikes (cut down glue tips), and styrene for the wrists and leg thruster coverings, as well as painting it in the colors seen in the anime. Maybe the spikes could be shorter, maybe the grey could be darker, but overall I'm happy with it. I didn't weather it or do it up all realistically because I had planned from the start to make it seem how it is in the anime. Entirely hand/brush painted, as always, because I'm cheap and it works well enough. Not a very ambitious project, but turned out nicely nonetheless.

I just painted the Action Base brown, then sprayed some of that watery glue stuff they sell in hobby shops onto it and threw a few layers of grass/foliage/rocks/etc. onto it.

I've done so many Gunpla in the past year that I really need to post pics of. I'll get around to it eventually.

I usually take pictures of my models inside the box of a MG Re-GZ (nice all white background), but with the stand, this was too big... Sorry the pics are so small (Photobucket's size limit). I should take a few of just the Zaku from closer up.

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