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Model Gallery / Re: 1/1200 GAW Assault Carrier
« on: January 12, 2011, 12:12:26 PM »
Describe how you went about making the magnet base and how secure it is. That's an incredible idea I'd like to implement in a Zeong. Great work overall.

Got a problem guys

My Aztek A320's needle isnt going far enough into the airbrush to let enough paint out (most i get if a super-super-fine mist, if anything at all). I know for a fact the nozzle (its brand new) and compressor (works fine with my piece of crap badger 250) are fine and are not the problem. It's almost like the pole on the inside of the airbrush isn't going far in engouh when I press the trigger. I've dis- and re-assembled the airbrush several times already so if I have to do so again that's not a problem. Thanks a lot for your help.

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...

Thank you.

Well when I was brush painting I would just dab some paint of the surface color over the water marks the washes were leaving so it wasnt a problem but it would stick out like a sore thumb with an airbrushed finish like i am now doing.

just need to buy some artists paints. which will probably be expensive but oh well.

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

Model Talk / Re: Modeling Inspirations
« on: December 21, 2008, 12:47:17 PM »
overall - fichtenfoo (especially with clean finishes and whatnot)

weathering/finishes - maschinen krueger

mods and detailing - whitebase

overall awesome - 5thluna

sure im forgetting a lot

Model In-Progress / Re: Desert-Use Scopedog (1/20)
« on: December 17, 2008, 10:38:27 PM »
BTW, have you seen Pailsen Files? Some of the action scenes in that were fantastic; ATs paratrooping, ATs fitted with snowblowers on steroids, carving their own trenches as they ride. That series, as frustratingly plodding as it is, has some wonderfully detailed designs and sequences.

On that note, maybe a bit off-topic, but Armor Hunter Mellowlink (Votoms sidestory) is probably the best unknown anime out there.

Hurry up and finish ficht so I we can see the final product. This is going permanently in my tutorials folder.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/35 AMX-84
« on: December 17, 2008, 10:35:37 PM »
Haha thanks but it's not such a big project. It just takes me forever to make it :-)
But it keeps me interested so I don't feel any burnout.

No, it is. For me at least. It took me months of working on and off to mod a SD rx78 into the ver ka. you make entire kits out of styrene and don't afraid of anything ever lose your focus. commendable.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/35 AMX-84
« on: December 17, 2008, 11:08:55 AM »
Question, how do you possibly manage to work up the willpower to actually make good on these absolutely massive and crazy project ideas? Do you have a tutorial or something the rest of us could follow?

Model In-Progress / Re: Desert-Use Scopedog (1/20)
« on: December 15, 2008, 05:21:25 PM »
Foo, this looks great. Can't wait to see it all put together. I think you've taken used and abused to a whole new level. By the way, are you making a base for this?

Heh... another bashing to be done. Check back and see the Jersey Barrier? :razz: Thanks though... wait till you see the next progress report. Sun bleaching and yet another 2 methods for creating rust.

I love rust.

I know... I'm odd.

walker: Yeah, that looks good. The silver though for the chipping makes it look glossy in the pics. Not sure of some further weathering would tone that down. Maybe try adding some filters and the discoloration technique to it with oils.

yeah, the silver plus camera flash jsut makes it look like it's gloss coated, which is why I chip with grays and rusts now. it really depends on the sunlight, unfortunately--from some angles the black and dark tan washes are more evident and it retains a flat look, and for some all you see is lol silver everywhere.

Discoloration technique = where you put bits of colored paint and smear them with a brush soaked in thinner?

Finishes, Decals, and Weathering / Re: Weathering black-painted surfaces?
« on: December 15, 2008, 05:19:13 PM »
I used to use Schwarzgrau, but not for black--just for joints and the like. How dark is that compared to German gray?

Are those rust pigments?

I spy Zaku II knee joints.

Model In-Progress / Re: Desert-Use Scopedog (1/20)
« on: December 15, 2008, 03:37:39 PM »
Foo, this looks great. Can't wait to see it all put together. I think you've taken used and abused to a whole new level. By the way, are you making a base for this?
Not like anyone cares, but my scopedog (about a year old, gotten a lot better since then; not sure this is the right place to post it etc., but I don't care enough to make a new topic about it, especially since it's not that good and I'm not necessarily looking for comments/critique)
I know you weren't looking for any comment or crit but i gotta tell you, for "no paint" your dog doesn't look too bad. The seam on the rifle screams at me, but no worries as long as you were/are happy with it.

Thanks. I didn't do seams either because I thought the color differentiation after sanded would be too obvious without paint.

Model In-Progress / Re: HG Throne Eins (WIP)
« on: December 15, 2008, 11:05:59 AM »
Congratulations, you're the first person to make a Washio design look awesome.

Model In-Progress / Re: Desert-Use Scopedog (1/20)
« on: December 15, 2008, 11:02:28 AM »
Oh, it did. Luckily for you I can take it as well as I can dish it out. :D

Not like anyone cares, but my scopedog (about a year old, gotten a lot better since then; not sure this is the right place to post it etc., but I don't care enough to make a new topic about it, especially since it's not that good and I'm not necessarily looking for comments/critique):

I actually didn't paint it aside from the one red shoulder and red on the skirt under the red shoulder logo, just flat coated and weathered it (wanted to do something like this one guy did on his no-paint MG Mark II that I lost the link to). Since I did this i've done a ton of research on weathering and think I could pull it off a lot better were I to do it again. (Got mine, RRR Layzner, and Alpha Azieru for a combined like $60 or so in an EPIC HLJ sale.)

While I'm at it, might as well watch the OVA Armored Trooper Votoms: The Last Two Blue Shoulders.

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 In-Progress / Re: 1/100 Saviour Gundam
« on: December 15, 2008, 09:24:05 AM »
There you go, that's a lot better without the gloss imo; I never liked heavily-shaded gloss coats although if a gloss scheme is going to work on anything, it's a destiny kit.

Somebody else's 1/100 Saviour modding (pretty much using the MG Strike as a base and a lot of cosmetic work), I've always liked this link- you've probably seen it but it never hurts:

Model In-Progress / Re: Desert-Use Scopedog (1/20)
« on: December 15, 2008, 09:21:06 AM »
From the writeup

Quote from: FichtenFoo
the other shoulder
Quote from: FichtenFoo
a shoulder

K you win this round. :P

And yeah i've seen your other stuff and know you CAN do weathering, but aside from your GM [g] I'm just used to seeing your humanoid-esque, more-or-less foot-tall Bandai-produced MG-esque model kits of mecha from Sunrise shows in a clean style (the RRR and 1/20 Votoms kits being as close to that as possible without actually being Gundam, save for maybe the Patlabor and Dunbine MGs), and it's what I and I'd think a lot of people think of as your style, so either way it's nice to see it for a change. If that makes any sense at all.

And this is why I rarely post and instead just look at the pretty pictures.

Model In-Progress / Re: Desert-Use Scopedog (1/20)
« on: December 14, 2008, 11:19:29 PM »
Alright I'm going to be the a-hole here and point out that in Votoms the Red Shoulders only have the right shoulder colored red (not both, like you have in blue). Either way I love a lot of these techniques and it's looking really awesome so far. While we all love the cleanliness of your usual builds it's nice seeing you do a more grungy mecha. I can't wait to see how this turns out.

[edited to include obligatory Votoms recommendation for those of you who have yet to see it]

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