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February 3, 2013, 9:56 AM
Ahoi to everyone and welcome to my project thread on this forum.

I am Stefan, currently 29 years old, living in Vienna (Austria) and since I was a little boy I was fascinated by model kits. A few years ago I got in touch with Gundam and also started building the first kits, no painting, no sanding... humble beginnings. But a long break, much work, stress etc... focused my attention elswhere. But now I discovered my old kits, started watching the classic Gundam and now Gundam Z, and after some disappointing years with Warhammer and the very small miniatures there I thought to myself "why not give it a new try?"

Found my Gundam Ez8 still in the box and started practicing, sanding, panel lining and then I thought long and researched the ways to paint a Gundam... and I will focus my efforts on brushing them. Will take longer for sure, but I have some experience and want to enhance my skills there and see what I can manage to do!

So for now I started the 1/100 MG RMS-106 Hi-Zack and got myself some paint from VALLEJO, brush plus some sprays and accessories I would need.


The shoulder pad glued together and sanded before primer application:

And here after primer application, smooth and ready to go:

After the first thin layers of VALLEJO 70850 Medium Olive:

February 3, 2013, 11:33 AM
Lookin' good so far, keep it up.

February 3, 2013, 12:52 PM
Your experience painting miniatures is coming in very handy, it seems. Paint job so far is uniform and smooth-looking.

February 6, 2013, 9:39 AM
Slow progress, but better than no progress... am I right? ;)


Trying to get the first leg base done, also working on the shoulder and will start with some highlighting there... also changing some color detail parts :cool:

February 6, 2013, 11:32 AM
You're handpainting. Slow progress is a given, haha. The parts are looking really nice. Curious to see how the highlighting will look.

February 6, 2013, 3:15 PM
That... looks excellent for brush work! I don't think I could get such a finish that way.... maybe... and KITTEH!

February 6, 2013, 7:30 PM
handbrushing is a true art hats of to ya sir. It is looking really good so far

February 7, 2013, 7:05 AM
Thx to all :)

I now officially hate to paint yellow... I dunno but this color behaves completely different than green, very strange... but lets see if my experiment will turn out good:


February 7, 2013, 8:02 AM
Very watery, takes a hell of a lot more coats to look even? That's the trouble I always have with yellow. Tend to not use it much as a result.

February 7, 2013, 1:24 PM
Not as clean as I expected it to be but ok for the first try... needs some more painting now :)


February 9, 2013, 11:41 AM
One leg nearing completion... I don't know who got the idea for rubber tubes, but they are one hell of a job to ink :D


February 9, 2013, 9:04 PM
Your project progress looks promising! I'm also embarking on paintbrush adventures with a current project.

Do you have a DUCATI bike?!

February 10, 2013, 1:11 AM
Thank you, looking forward to your progress :)

And YES I ride a DUCATI :cool:

February 10, 2013, 9:37 AM
Looks good.


February 16, 2013, 11:12 AM
little bit of highlighting tested... some hard edges for now :)


February 16, 2013, 2:18 PM
Which edges did you highlight? Sorry, I'm a bit blind when it comes to lighter color differences in pictures, haha.

February 16, 2013, 3:33 PM
Kind of a bad picture, lighting is pretty bad at the moment due to cloudy winter weather :( but on the left side you should see fine lines, and then down the broader stripe with lighter color.

February 16, 2013, 4:34 PM
Ah, I see it now. I thought that was caused by normal lighting, haha. You've gotten me interested in trying out highlights now. I think I'll try it out on the 1/100 Dynames I'm working on.

February 16, 2013, 5:41 PM
Wow impressive hand painted parts!

You must be very patient to be glazing over the flat surfaces over and over to not leave brush strokes. On top of that you painted with yellow! yellow is so annoying to paint no matter what you're painting.

Great job

February 17, 2013, 2:08 AM
Thank you! Yes, I hate yellow... but it is kinda relaxing to use this technique, just glazing over and over again and seeing the progress... listening to some relaxing music :)

February 17, 2013, 11:36 AM
More progress on the leg, more highlighting / lining done (on the foot) and I think in the next days I can finally complete the first whole leg :D


February 17, 2013, 12:30 PM
The highlights are looking good and the finish on the green is amazingly smooth. Excellent paint work, my good man.

February 17, 2013, 1:31 PM
Looking really good man. The thrusters are a great touch.

February 18, 2013, 9:14 AM
So found some highres illustration and noticed that the upper part of the leg has a nice detail... a gap :) with the kit the gap is closed when stuck together, so I just cut it out:


February 22, 2013, 1:55 PM
Finally this piece is built together, I am really satisfied as how the colors fit together, just some more corrections and then highlighting and sealing ;)


February 25, 2013, 12:08 PM
Upper leg part done with shading and highlighting the edges... one leag nearing completion :)


February 25, 2013, 1:18 PM
Is that some highlighting I see on the last pic? That really does look good. Darn, now I'm conflicted with doing either highlighting or pre-shading on my next kit, haha.

February 25, 2013, 4:49 PM
Yes :) I need to get more practice with it but it starts to turn out good... here is like a basic tutorial on highlighting so you can see how it works, it really comes from miniatures / tabletop painting :D


February 25, 2013, 4:54 PM
Good vid, thanks a bunch. I think I'm going to try it out. Maybe on a spoon first, haha.

March 9, 2013, 3:48 AM
Two of my favourite kits arrived yesterday and now I am really excited... so much to build, can't decide what to do :D


March 9, 2013, 3:57 AM
Got a D6 (six sided die) handy? If you roll even Zeta Gundam, if you roll odd S Gundam.

March 9, 2013, 6:25 AM
Or flip a coin.

March 11, 2013, 8:53 AM
I think I will start with the S-Gundam besides my Hi-Zack, this huge Gundam is just so fascinating... and I think I am trying out my first, custom design, something like that, with clean white, red and yellow.


March 11, 2013, 11:55 PM
I say go for it! Have you seen the Ex-S Gundam? Now that's huge.

March 25, 2013, 10:59 AM
Started the S-Gundam and will switch to some Tamiya spray paints now... brushing is frustrating when painting white :D So I will partially spray some armour parts, and also completely spray inner frame parts. Details and other armour parts will be painted by hand with a brush. And the Hi-Zack will hopefully be completely finished with hand painting in the future... ;)