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King-eL
December 4, 2013, 7:06 AM
This is my first MG that I ever built. I'm new to gunpla especially painting and this is my first time. Already did some of the parts. I'll be posting pics along the way. Sorry for bad iphone pics. I tried my best to paint.

Cockpit
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/AB9228EB-3C49-46EA-BF72-AA871EF4DF90.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/AB9228EB-3C49-46EA-BF72-AA871EF4DF90.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/BE7F577E-AE8A-4B81-80E2-95450C1A97E6.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/BE7F577E-AE8A-4B81-80E2-95450C1A97E6.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/15D369B5-130D-4007-9686-BC7590D3D3F2.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/15D369B5-130D-4007-9686-BC7590D3D3F2.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/2F68EF87-8806-47AF-A7AC-01475EE872E8.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/2F68EF87-8806-47AF-A7AC-01475EE872E8.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/02BD3BE8-3988-4808-B29F-F5D721AEF992.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/02BD3BE8-3988-4808-B29F-F5D721AEF992.jpg.html)

Shield Inner Frame
Shield front
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/6E10238E-8E3D-4BBA-BD09-9AA4A40094ED.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/6E10238E-8E3D-4BBA-BD09-9AA4A40094ED.jpg.html)
Shield back
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/DAAE1377-19CF-4FE1-B0EC-F92EA27337D7.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/DAAE1377-19CF-4FE1-B0EC-F92EA27337D7.jpg.html)

thwalker13
December 4, 2013, 7:58 AM
For the 1st time that you have ever painted a kit, that simply looks fantastic man! Wufei looks great, in both standing and sitting forms. And the detail on the shield looks awesome! Amazing job man.

ChapelMkII
December 4, 2013, 10:09 AM
I agree with Walker, you've got a knack for this :D

Bossguy
December 4, 2013, 10:31 AM
Ooh boy, that is spiffy.

Dlinker
December 4, 2013, 10:47 AM
Wow, that's very nice for your first ever paint job. Handpainted all of it?

King-eL
December 4, 2013, 2:33 PM
Thanks for all the nice comment. I did find some mistakes during taking pics when the flash was on which I sanded off and will be fix later. The back of the shield when I painted the gun metal, kinda missed up a bit. All this was hand painted btw.

thwalker13
December 4, 2013, 3:28 PM
You certainly have skills good sir. Right up there with Asterisk.

jayhat100
December 4, 2013, 8:13 PM
Hats off sir, hand painting is an art you are on your way. The detailing looks awesome, can't wait to see more.

King-eL
December 4, 2013, 8:21 PM
Thanks again everyone! Already did the back pack inner. The arms inner frames as well as the hands. Just letting it dried and pics will come up tomorrow. Still gotta go to work, so it's a slow process.

B6Drew
December 4, 2013, 8:29 PM
wow that looks dope man!

King-eL
December 5, 2013, 8:32 AM
wow that looks dope man!

Thanks! I'll post some pics when I get home.

King-eL
December 5, 2013, 9:48 AM
Here some more updates.

Back pack inner frame
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/AC97FB43-8D4D-4FCD-A079-442C8F057EA4.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/AC97FB43-8D4D-4FCD-A079-442C8F057EA4.jpg.html)

Head inner frame
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/AFB15D89-6471-4201-83D0-20F7F7236F90.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/AFB15D89-6471-4201-83D0-20F7F7236F90.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/92C5F025-D473-4E78-98CF-85CF5081F882.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/92C5F025-D473-4E78-98CF-85CF5081F882.jpg.html)

Arms inner frame
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/C6623506-F30C-44F4-9B7E-DC1C07444CFC.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/C6623506-F30C-44F4-9B7E-DC1C07444CFC.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/BF1138E1-33F1-4D50-B75B-E1334E7DB90C.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/BF1138E1-33F1-4D50-B75B-E1334E7DB90C.jpg.html)

Hands
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/C6207764-B918-4238-91A6-F3E453B1D362.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/C6207764-B918-4238-91A6-F3E453B1D362.jpg.html)

Weapon
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/2A8ADA09-F96C-4B1F-BB6E-CF0240BAAD33.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/2A8ADA09-F96C-4B1F-BB6E-CF0240BAAD33.jpg.html)

Half body
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/4783BE89-F37E-4419-A0A9-BD25EB1FF21E.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/4783BE89-F37E-4419-A0A9-BD25EB1FF21E.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/128C5A08-0F13-40CE-A2AD-AC1A5B7F8853.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/128C5A08-0F13-40CE-A2AD-AC1A5B7F8853.jpg.html)

Asterisk
December 5, 2013, 9:53 AM
I definitely dig what you're doing here. Just one thing, though; you need to thin your paint a little more. It's going on kind of textured by the look of it, and you really want a nice, smooth finish.

thwalker13
December 5, 2013, 11:11 AM
I was actually going to say the same thing. However on the contrast, it really gives the frame a worn/weathered look to it.

Dlinker
December 5, 2013, 11:45 AM
You're using Tamiya to paint this, right? If so, see if you can use a retarder with it as well. The stuff loves to dry quickly even if you use their thinner.

Bossguy
December 5, 2013, 11:46 AM
I like what you have going here. I agree with the things that everybody has already said.

King-eL
December 5, 2013, 3:29 PM
Thanks guys for the tip. Yes I'm using Tamiya paint. I'm actually painting straight from the bottle without the thinner. I'll try to thin out the paint. How thin should the paint be? I'll also stop this project for a while and look for that retarder thinner.

I actually painted the dragon fang without the thinner and the hook joints got thicker to the point that it was hard to bend till the hook joint broke off. Really pisses me off. Should have thin out the paint first. I'm still new to this after all. First time now with a bad experience. However learned from it and will be avoiding it in the future project.

thwalker13
December 5, 2013, 4:30 PM
Yeah painting joints can be disastrous when the stress gets to much for it. Lacquer paint it great for joints and inner frames. But once you thin the paint a bit, you should be fine. As it'll lay down in a lot thinner coats and cure thinner as well.

Dlinker
December 5, 2013, 5:04 PM
Start with a 1:1 ratio (paint:thinner) and see how you like it. From there, you can keep thinning until it meets your needs. For Tamiya, the thinner can also evaporate kinda fast so expect to add more thinner to your mix as you paint.

King-eL
December 6, 2013, 4:31 AM
I applied the thinner and liking the result on the wider area as it prevent the brush srokes from marking. However I did not place any thinner on the tiny details as it's hard to control and becomes runny. When I paint the armor I'll use thinner more. Liking the result of it.

thwalker13
December 6, 2013, 8:07 AM
Glad to hear that it's working for you. Can't wait to see some more progress photos. Are you planning on top coating the kit?

King-eL
December 6, 2013, 11:02 AM
Glad to hear that it's working for you. Can't wait to see some more progress photos. Are you planning on top coating the kit?

Once everything are all done I'll coat the kit. What would be the beat for coating?

Dlinker
December 6, 2013, 11:08 AM
Smart move not thinning your mixture for smaller details. That's the right way to go about doing it :)

A gloss acrylic clear coat or a flat acrylic clear coat will work best. The gloss clear is for overall protection and helps with waterslide decals. The flat clear is overall finishing and gives your kit a less plasticky look, but it's best to mask any clear parts because it will fog them up. Thwalker13 knows which cans/brands to use; I'm strictly an AB person when it comes to applying these so my suggestions won't be useful, haha.

thwalker13
December 6, 2013, 12:04 PM
What Dlinker said is right. The problem with spray cans, is that most brands have stopped producing clear coats in anything but Lacquer. Though tough when cured, I've had a lot of issues with putting Lacquer top coat on Acrylic paint. Now Mr. Hobby does make some flat acrylic top coat. I've never used it before, but I've heard some good things about it.

But it'll really come down to what you want the kit to look like, are you wanting a nice glossy sheen, or more of a flat finished war machine?

King-eL
December 6, 2013, 12:53 PM
Thanks again! I'm planning to make the armor to have the metallic look or tatanium finish. How I can achive that? For the inner frames I might just let it stay the way it is or maybe clear coat it. Except for the front of the shield as I want a flat or matte look on it.

thwalker13
December 6, 2013, 12:55 PM
For the frame, a semi-gloss coat would still maintain that dullish metallic look.

As for a metallic or titanium finish, I really don't know. I have never tried to achieve that kind of look on my kits.

Bossguy
December 6, 2013, 12:58 PM
A candy coat, otherwise known as a titanium finish, is slightly more difficult to achieve if you're new to painting. My guess would be to use an enamel silver undercoat, then follow up with a can of clear red, green, yellow, or whatever color you want the armor to be. Dlinker may be able to supply some more information.

King-eL
December 6, 2013, 1:01 PM
For the frame, a semi-gloss coat would still maintain that dullish metallic look.

As for a metallic or titanium finish, I really don't know. I have never tried to achieve that kind of look on my kits.

I might start experimenting on paints again. I have a tamiya clear coat. That works?

Bossguy
December 6, 2013, 1:03 PM
Are you trying to make the white armor like a titanium finish? My bad. Achieving that effect is virtually impossible with paint.

King-eL
December 6, 2013, 1:13 PM
More updates. Did apply thinner but not sure if it thin enough. Did not apply too much as it was runny and kept on getting bubbles.

Skirt armor inner frames
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/B200F401-6D19-459E-AA71-7A4100E720F9.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/B200F401-6D19-459E-AA71-7A4100E720F9.jpg.html)

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/54685017-1864-408C-A800-DD83D2AF2CF4.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/54685017-1864-408C-A800-DD83D2AF2CF4.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/48B30382-2512-4E65-993B-73CE32BE0467.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/48B30382-2512-4E65-993B-73CE32BE0467.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/921D824B-F297-4DD4-83DB-67C86FB72A6F.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/921D824B-F297-4DD4-83DB-67C86FB72A6F.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/B0B955D6-C9F7-4B5B-B314-D8B894BB6128.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/B0B955D6-C9F7-4B5B-B314-D8B894BB6128.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/96DAE8B3-853A-4E2D-B455-852EF90045D4.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/96DAE8B3-853A-4E2D-B455-852EF90045D4.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/D6F9C229-9147-4032-BE87-69D0C815CBBA.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/D6F9C229-9147-4032-BE87-69D0C815CBBA.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/74D4073A-6FB5-4E98-BCDB-302607484723.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/74D4073A-6FB5-4E98-BCDB-302607484723.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/0CA782E4-207E-455D-B375-25EB29FC06CA.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/0CA782E4-207E-455D-B375-25EB29FC06CA.jpg.html)

King-eL
December 6, 2013, 1:16 PM
Are you trying to make the white armor like a titanium finish? My bad. Achieving that effect is virtually impossible with paint.

not the white armor. Just the blue, red and yellow. I might do pearl gloss on the white.

Bossguy
December 6, 2013, 1:19 PM
Ahh, I see. A titanium finish can be achieved with the steps I showed you.

Dlinker
December 6, 2013, 1:22 PM
If you're referring to a bottle of Tamiya clear, it will work well only via AB. I've tried handpainting that stuff before and it dries stupidly fast, too fast to level out.

Regarding the steps for a Titanium finish, make sure you give the paint a day or two to dry before applying the clear color on top.

King-eL
December 6, 2013, 8:19 PM
I might have to do more experment before painting the armor. I'm now starting on painting the inner frame of the legs. I have a metallic blue but will try that first .

King-eL
December 7, 2013, 8:02 PM
Update*

Legs inner frame and feet inner frame
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/6626B4CE-0C6F-4FA2-9B30-1AFF134AC0F2.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/6626B4CE-0C6F-4FA2-9B30-1AFF134AC0F2.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/2552040D-CF3D-4FD4-B6BB-C45B70101D48.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/2552040D-CF3D-4FD4-B6BB-C45B70101D48.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/F7725610-E8FD-41AB-A4AA-DA0E24603CD7.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/F7725610-E8FD-41AB-A4AA-DA0E24603CD7.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/1216879D-570D-4CB0-B74B-71A24507A6B7.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/1216879D-570D-4CB0-B74B-71A24507A6B7.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/6D703D7B-00C1-45A2-8B8C-67340ABB93C2.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/6D703D7B-00C1-45A2-8B8C-67340ABB93C2.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/FDA8EA95-AA4A-4175-922E-0ECC576858BE.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/FDA8EA95-AA4A-4175-922E-0ECC576858BE.jpg.html)

King-eL
December 7, 2013, 8:03 PM
Full inner frame shots
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/D063CCBA-6B7F-4DFC-9784-12955283CC5F.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/D063CCBA-6B7F-4DFC-9784-12955283CC5F.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/7EFAEF9E-1F42-4B11-99B7-CF5CF63C6C31.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/7EFAEF9E-1F42-4B11-99B7-CF5CF63C6C31.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/F48F655B-09AE-47DD-BB3B-94EB57411F4A.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/F48F655B-09AE-47DD-BB3B-94EB57411F4A.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/CF4F4A46-6018-4918-9135-97FB64646655.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/CF4F4A46-6018-4918-9135-97FB64646655.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/A8D3A3D7-CEF8-4229-9145-08B434EE95F6.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/A8D3A3D7-CEF8-4229-9145-08B434EE95F6.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/43CA80D5-B639-4441-87F9-B28C77359143.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/43CA80D5-B639-4441-87F9-B28C77359143.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/36A7F159-92B1-4DAE-91F9-CB3CEEE4B905.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/36A7F159-92B1-4DAE-91F9-CB3CEEE4B905.jpg.html)

Dlinker
December 7, 2013, 9:20 PM
Nice work with this and you're doing well with the acrylics. Keep an eye out for those pegs and slots; I see that you painted them and that may make putting on some of the armor pieces difficult.

thwalker13
December 7, 2013, 9:58 PM
Amazing work on the inner frame man. All that detail is really looking good. I 2nd what Dlinker said, you might have to take a hobby knife and scrape some paint off those pegs to get the armor to attach more smoothly.

Bossguy
December 7, 2013, 10:27 PM
Wonderful job!! You definitely have some amazing talent. I agree with Dlinker and Thwalker. Take an X-acto knife and scrape off the excess paint. It will help you in the long run.

King-eL
December 8, 2013, 1:47 AM
I did tried placing the armors and they fit ok just a little tight at first but when placed it was liked the way as it was unpainted before. I took them apart and placed them back in again and they fit nicely now.

Zaku
December 8, 2013, 4:51 AM
Looks good man. Nice work

King-eL
December 8, 2013, 4:59 AM
Looks good man. Nice work

Thanks Zaku! I'm now starting to paint on the blue armors.

King-eL
December 9, 2013, 4:04 AM
Here are some blue armors that I painted. I didnt do the shield armor as I'm gonna do the candy finish on those.
Painted the inside black.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/4795D57D-0DAA-432F-9576-0F77AC5945E3.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/4795D57D-0DAA-432F-9576-0F77AC5945E3.jpg.html)

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/A1C751A9-E0CC-44BC-97D5-683C30464F57.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/A1C751A9-E0CC-44BC-97D5-683C30464F57.jpg.html)

King-eL
December 9, 2013, 4:10 AM
Back complete. Painted the weapon holder metallic blue.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/D554B577-9D23-4225-A006-3BF360560B09.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/D554B577-9D23-4225-A006-3BF360560B09.jpg.html)

Painted this one with tatanium silver.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/CC8D682C-BBB3-4F01-8B80-4471FCAA5D1C.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/CC8D682C-BBB3-4F01-8B80-4471FCAA5D1C.jpg.html)

With armor.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/1AEFC0B3-DEDB-482E-BD3A-2154C534AB07.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/1AEFC0B3-DEDB-482E-BD3A-2154C534AB07.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/74408A23-946E-4F65-8B31-AF87C560B6BA.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/74408A23-946E-4F65-8B31-AF87C560B6BA.jpg.html)

Zaku
December 9, 2013, 4:49 AM
Man that really gonna look nice when you get it all toghether. Not that it doesnt look good now. Again nice work man

thwalker13
December 9, 2013, 7:56 AM
I really like that shade of blue. The difference of the blue and metallic blue really give the kit that RG look of color separation. Great progress so far man. I can't wait to see the whole kit.

Dlinker
December 9, 2013, 11:01 AM
Man, you're just making those Tamiya acrylics your b!tch, huh? Loving how the backpack turned out; Very clean paint job and the finish gives it a grungy, worn look.

Bossguy
December 9, 2013, 11:04 AM
Very nice. It looks weathered and worn.

IamZero
December 9, 2013, 11:48 AM
I really like the color separation of the metals. How many hours would you say you roughed in with the hand paint so far, and how fine of a brush are you using? Not sure if my hand is steady enough, lol.

V0LTES-V01
December 9, 2013, 1:09 PM
Very impressive work. I look forward to the finished product. Keep it up!

King-eL
December 9, 2013, 5:37 PM
Man that really gonna look nice when you get it all toghether. Not that it doesnt look good now. Again nice work man
Thanks again Zaku!


I really like that shade of blue. The difference of the blue and metallic blue really give the kit that RG look of color separation. Great progress so far man. I can't wait to see the whole kit.
I was gonna paint the entire armor with metallic blue but it was too dark. Didn't like it.


Man, you're just making those Tamiya acrylics your b!tch, huh? Loving how the backpack turned out; Very clean paint job and the finish gives it a grungy, worn look.
LOL! Yeah I'm getting the hang of hand painting with acrylics. Just have to thin it out to the right mix. Alsp have to work a bit fast but with patience as too fast and I end up with too many brush streaks. Too slow and it's uneven and it becomes flaky.


Very nice. It looks weathered and worn.
I'm liking the result. I experimented with lots of blue mixes and this is what I liked.


I really like the color separation of the metals. How many hours would you say you roughed in with the hand paint so far, and how fine of a brush are you using? Not sure if my hand is steady enough, lol.
Not sure how many hours but I started last week. Also have to spend time my girlfriend. Have to watch tv, buy food, eat. Have to clean my aquarium and feed my fish. Been lazy sometimes. Usually I put 2-5 hours of work till my hands get tired. I don't want to continue with tired hands as my paint becomes shaky.


Very impressive work. I look forward to the finished product. Keep it up!
Painted the foot armor as well as the rest of the body armor, except for the white armors.

King-eL
December 9, 2013, 8:24 PM
I really like the color separation of the metals. How many hours would you say you roughed in with the hand paint so far, and how fine of a brush are you using? Not sure if my hand is steady enough, lol.

Forgot to answer. I use a soft brush. Have to trim it a bit

IamZero
December 9, 2013, 9:59 PM
Kudos to you for the patience, the details are worth it. Will be checking back to see how it turns out.

King-eL
December 11, 2013, 12:46 AM
Kudos to you for the patience, the details are worth it. Will be checking back to see how it turns out.
I'm currently expermenting on white paints right now. Still deciding what kind of white I'm painting all the white armors.

IamZero
December 11, 2013, 1:49 PM
White paints are pretty easy to handle, though even a few drops of paint can drastically change the shade. I usually keep a sheet of white paper or something similar nearby for comparison. Although sometimes there is nothing better than a pure white glossy armor coat.

King-eL
December 11, 2013, 6:25 PM
Here I place the blue skirt armor the wrist armor with the gold part. As well as the emperial armor with gold rim and apple candy red. Also painted the middle small part green. The two piece on the side I painted with orange to give another color.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/7C837797-95EF-4D29-B3E4-6887091C0DAB.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/7C837797-95EF-4D29-B3E4-6887091C0DAB.jpg.html)

Zenki_Style
December 11, 2013, 10:10 PM
I'm really digging the way that Candy coat turned out on the chest, looks really good!

B6Drew
December 11, 2013, 10:37 PM
that is turning out really good man! can't wait to see the finished product

V0LTES-V01
December 11, 2013, 10:42 PM
The pigments on the gold and red sparkle quite well. What brand of paint did you use?

Bossguy
December 11, 2013, 10:44 PM
Ooh, I like it. Did you use Tamiya Clear red over silver? The bronze paints does look a little blotchy, though. What paints did you use for that?

King-eL
December 11, 2013, 11:06 PM
I use tamiya paint. For the chest I first painted it with crome silver, let dry the with clear red. For the gold rim same process but with clear yellow. For the two piece on the rims it same crome silver but with mic of clear yellow and clear orange. I'm gonna take that off actually and repaint it. I need to sand off the nub mark that poped out that's why it look missed up.

The thing that pisses me of are the micro fiber. While I let the parts to dry out. Stupid micro fiber lands and have to repaint or do it again.

Dlinker
December 12, 2013, 1:16 AM
I feel your pain with dust and any other crap that lands on the parts as their drying out. It's even worse when you're handpainting everything because fixing the problem takes soooo long.

Your results are looking nice and the candy coat looks great. The bronze areas do a look a tad rough, but I bet they won't be noticed once all of the armor is put on.

Bossguy
December 12, 2013, 10:02 AM
Oh, yes. Dust, my worst enemy. Don't worry, man, you're not the only one experiencing that problem. My Freedom has tons of little dust pieces stuck in the paint.

King-eL
December 12, 2013, 10:22 AM
Yeah it pisses me off. I have to repaint the blue part of the shield again. Now I'm trying to get the mixture right as I forgot how much mix paint I mixed when I made the blue armor. I might just as well do a different blue if I can't get it right.

King-eL
December 12, 2013, 10:25 AM
Update of the feet armor and the front croch armor. This is a different red close to monza red but not the same apple candy red as the chest armor.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/D483D751-3F25-4797-BF1E-85777998E82E.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/D483D751-3F25-4797-BF1E-85777998E82E.jpg.html)

Front
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/BA61088D-CC55-43BB-8765-5658CF003C39.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/BA61088D-CC55-43BB-8765-5658CF003C39.jpg.html)

Back

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/DA846945-FA37-461B-BBCA-C6862792B6A4.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/DA846945-FA37-461B-BBCA-C6862792B6A4.jpg.html)

Bossguy
December 12, 2013, 10:27 AM
Wow, that looks good. About mixing, I would suggest mixing your paints in the jar. It will help you later on should you encounter any unexpected problems.

Dlinker
December 12, 2013, 10:39 AM
Loving the feet there and the precise paint application you did.

King-eL
December 12, 2013, 10:48 AM
I painted the bottom flat red as I don't want it to shine.

Zaku
December 12, 2013, 11:56 AM
Lookin good man keep it up.

thwalker13
December 12, 2013, 12:13 PM
That is looking great man. The candy paint is really shining and detailed.

King-eL
December 13, 2013, 12:57 AM
Thanks guys. BTW what the best glue to attached tiny plastic part. I finally decided to put together the dragon fang hook joints but then it broke again. I just use a normal super glue but doesn't seems to work. This project wont be finish and wont become shenlong without the dragon fang. One of the reason why my favorite gundam in wing series is shenlong because of the dragon fang.

Bossguy
December 13, 2013, 1:01 AM
Joints, you say? It's safe to assume that those parts ABS. I recommend getting Tamiya's ABS Cement for stuff like that.

Dlinker
December 13, 2013, 1:07 AM
Yeah, plastic cement tends to work better than glue when it comes to joint parts.

King-eL
December 13, 2013, 3:45 AM
Yeah the joints for the dragon fang. Actually broke 1 of the joint of the front skirt but luckily my sandrock got two spare parts which I use. Got no spare for the dragon fang though.

King-eL
December 13, 2013, 5:07 AM
Here the weapon update

Trident beam. I tried to copy the one on the box art as close as possible.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/EFA9E9AA-F059-46E0-BF09-4EF16A618B67.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/EFA9E9AA-F059-46E0-BF09-4EF16A618B67.jpg.html)

Here is the dragon fang inner frame. The snap joint that looks like a hood on the dragon fangs are actually broken.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/C1BFDB48-9E84-4A82-BC52-C072630CD162.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/C1BFDB48-9E84-4A82-BC52-C072630CD162.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/60DCF10F-1C60-4D73-9E88-270DC1D3990B.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/60DCF10F-1C60-4D73-9E88-270DC1D3990B.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/0F005E5E-E339-495B-B88B-5547FD3B8B67.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/0F005E5E-E339-495B-B88B-5547FD3B8B67.jpg.html)

Zaku
December 13, 2013, 5:34 AM
The detail really looks good man

King-eL
December 13, 2013, 5:38 AM
I'm getting a TT hongli MG Gundam wing series EW all 5 of them and use them as spare part incase I might break another. Getting another Ban Dai as spare part kinda a bit expensive.

Zaku
December 13, 2013, 5:49 AM
Yea that makes sense. I wonder how hard it is to cast your own parts.

King-eL
December 13, 2013, 6:00 AM
I wish I know how to cast parts but I have no clue

IamZero
December 13, 2013, 8:48 AM
It isn't too hard, just tedious. You get a casting rubber, like composimold, melt it, then surround the piece you want to recast. Once the rubber cast cools, you just take the original piece out, and fill up the empty space with a resin, plastic, or whatever else you want to make the new part out of.

ChapelMkII
December 13, 2013, 10:09 AM
Zero's right. It's not hard, just need to make sure you double and triple-check every step you do

Bossguy
December 13, 2013, 10:11 AM
So, you're using Tamiya paints? It's possible that the joint was thickened up for paint, and the piece wasn't designed to handle that. I don't suggest getting another kit to replace that part at all. Look for a parts replacement service.

V0LTES-V01
December 13, 2013, 11:07 AM
Do you mask the part when you apply the details? It's spot on!

King-eL
December 13, 2013, 1:56 PM
Yes I use tamiya acrylic paint and it was my mistaked on painting the joints as I got too overly excited. It was my first paint to I didn't know about it. Where do u get replacement parts or how to contact them? Sorry really new to gunpla.

As for painting the part, never did use masking tape just spot on hand paint.

King-eL
December 14, 2013, 4:33 AM
Just bought a Pro Form PF 119 for plastic and emblem adhesive. Bought it from an automotive store as I got a 30% off also bought a jug of tinner. Only for $4.99 which is much cheaper than buying a $2 tamiya tinner which is small. Also got a 30% off.

On the meabtime, here is another update. The blue part shiled armor. I ended up with a different color alctually closer to the shenlong tv series color. I wanted to repaint this to the body armor but don't wanna scracth the inner frame and the red chear imperial armor and the gold rim.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/0B267294-6436-48CE-9593-64D07F688530.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/0B267294-6436-48CE-9593-64D07F688530.jpg.html)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/E2FA7D3D-6596-4069-B5FE-657C95394637.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/E2FA7D3D-6596-4069-B5FE-657C95394637.jpg.html)

Bossguy
December 14, 2013, 11:14 AM
Wow, that looks great! The blue really makes the gold pop.

King-eL
December 14, 2013, 7:08 PM
I was thinking of placing a clear green or clear red in the middle but need to find a clear plastic similar to wing gundam clear plastic in the chest.

Dlinker
December 14, 2013, 7:41 PM
Very smooth and shiny coat on that shield. Curious to see it at a distance.

King-eL
December 14, 2013, 9:30 PM
For the blue shield, I actually painted it many times and due the stupid micro fiber. Also I used the shield as my experiment for making the desired blue color that I wanted.

thwalker13
December 14, 2013, 10:10 PM
That blue and gold look amazing man. You did an amazing job on it sir.

Okiera29
December 14, 2013, 10:25 PM
Hand painting? WOW! I applaud you! Great job with all the details. I can seen your skills improving just with this one kit. A couple more under your belt and you can start teaching us tricks!

King-eL
December 15, 2013, 1:00 PM
That blue and gold look amazing man. You did an amazing job on it sir.

Thanks thwalker13! I currently painting the white parts. Getting the right white color seems to be tricky but I manage to pull it off somehow. Just waiting for it to dry to update some more.

Zaku
December 15, 2013, 1:09 PM
What kind of paint is that gold? It looks damn good.

King-eL
December 15, 2013, 3:57 PM
Hand painting? WOW! I applaud you! Great job with all the details. I can seen your skills improving just with this one kit. A couple more under your belt and you can start teaching us tricks!

Yep all being hand painted. My brother have an airbrush in his shop but too far for me to travel. Also it's too cold out and I'm too lazy. I don't wanna keep coming back and fort and might end up to loose some small parts. Can't do spray as I live in an apartment. Do't wanna risk inhailing the fumes.

King-eL
December 15, 2013, 3:59 PM
What kind of paint is that gold? It looks damn good.

The gold is just a crome silver dry it out then cover it with clear yellow. U can mix them as well.

King-eL
December 16, 2013, 4:28 AM
Hi, to any moderators. I was wondering if I can please change the title of this tread to, "King-eL's W.I.P." I'm planning on painting my mg deathscythe ew next.

thwalker13
December 16, 2013, 8:02 AM
Change should be made for you sir.

IamZero
December 16, 2013, 8:55 AM
It's always great to see improvement over the span of a few photos. Your edges are getting sharper, and the paint smoother. Good job.

King-eL
December 16, 2013, 9:08 AM
Thanks thwalker13! I wanted to post more pics of the white armors but waiting for it to dry. Been painting then stupid micro fiber lands and then my finger prints marks. Although finger prints mark can be easily be remove by clear cloat but micro fiber just keep pissing me off. This kit should have been finish this on the weekend, but those micro fiber just kept delaying my project. I'm suppose to be starting on deathscythe ew now.

Dlinker
December 16, 2013, 10:49 AM
Ugh, I hate it when that happens. You spend all that time making sure the paint is applied correctly and then a single lousy strand of dust lands on it as it's drying. It's times like that when you wish you had some sort of vent hood/booth.

Take your time, man. No rush.

thwalker13
December 16, 2013, 12:04 PM
My problem was cob webs with the AGE-2R. Some of the parts sat on rods so long that they actually had tiny thin webs all over them. I was not happy.

But take your time man.

Bossguy
December 16, 2013, 12:27 PM
I feel you. Dust is the enemy of many builders, including myself.


Thwalker, spiders actually made webs all over your pieces? Once a gnat got trapped in a styrofoam bloack that I was using for propping up the pieces. It died quickly from the fumes.

thwalker13
December 16, 2013, 12:45 PM
Yep, the parts sat there for a few days while I masked other parts. In that time, little tiny webs appeared on a lot of the parts and rods.

King-eL
December 16, 2013, 2:20 PM
Wow! Luckily no spiders in my apartment. I got it goin now slowly. Will the holiday coming in and 2 weeks off from work next week I'm sure I gonna end finishing hopefully 2 kits. Lol! I'm gonna try spray cans this time. If I have time to stop by at my brother's shop, I might practice on RX-78-4 gundam, doing the airbrush.

King-eL
December 16, 2013, 10:13 PM
More update of the white armor. I repainted the knew armor so the one on the pics will appear differently. The panel lines were too thick so I had to thin it out which I will post soon.

Head armor
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/5A1019B2-A033-4A04-AF31-534523639F92.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/5A1019B2-A033-4A04-AF31-534523639F92.jpg.html)

Shoulder armor and arms
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/7603E68E-00B2-48C5-808C-09B427770BCF.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/7603E68E-00B2-48C5-808C-09B427770BCF.jpg.html)

Skirt armor
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/C2528095-33D0-4159-9E82-65915BE19D66.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/C2528095-33D0-4159-9E82-65915BE19D66.jpg.html)

Knee and legs and thighs armor
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn185/King-eL/Gundam/743DC5D8-B822-443E-9022-41EA2E0BC8CF.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/King-eL/media/Gundam/743DC5D8-B822-443E-9022-41EA2E0BC8CF.jpg.html)

Bossguy
December 16, 2013, 10:15 PM
I like the gold! I can see your problem with dust in this picture. Also, I don't recommend using marker for panel lining painted kits. A gloss coat and then enamel wash will look much better.

King-eL
December 16, 2013, 10:24 PM
I like the gold! I can see your problem with dust in this picture. Also, I don't recommend using marker for panel lining painted kits. A gloss coat and then enamel wash will look much better.

Didn't know about that. I actually did a mix of gundam marker and acrylic panel wash but I'm liking the result of the wash as it's thin as u can see surrounding the green part and the some gold. However it's was hard to come off if it got over the white part. So I use the marker but came out too thick. Might have to redo all this and start over with enamel.

Dlinker
December 17, 2013, 12:12 AM
The white looks good. Kinda has a weathered effect to it, but also something that looks pearly. How was it painting the white? Got to say, handpainting white has been one of the toughest challenges I've ever had. Even Vallejo's white colors are difficult.

King-eL
December 17, 2013, 12:28 AM
The white looks good. Kinda has a weathered effect to it, but also something that looks pearly. How was it painting the white? Got to say, handpainting white has been one of the toughest challenges I've ever had. Even Vallejo's white colors are difficult.
The white are really difficult to do unlike the colors. Especially hand painting as the brush strokes keeps appearring. I actually did a thin layer and let it dry and reapply another thin layer before clear coat to get rid of the brush stroke. First layer I didn't mind the brush strokes, I just apply a fast one and let dry as if the paint is still soft, it makes more mess with thick brush strokes which I dont want. As for the pearly white i actually mixed 90% white with 10% crome silver. In personal it looks almost look similar to a tatanium finish of the hi nu gundam ver ka that I compared as it was my aim. Took me a lot of white paint wasted to get to it.

Bossguy
December 17, 2013, 12:38 AM
Wow, that's pretty ingenious of you to mix the silver with the white. The pearl looks really nice.

Zaku
December 17, 2013, 1:36 AM
The pearly white and the bright gold look damn good toghether nice man.

King-eL
December 17, 2013, 2:18 AM
Wow, that's pretty ingenious of you to mix the silver with the white. The pearl looks really nice.

Most of my paints are actually mix. The only paint I did not mix are the gold, green and the candy apple red which were only applied on top. Most of my paints are actually mix with 10% crome silver even the blue. With the flash on, it actually shine even more when I take some pics.

King-eL
December 17, 2013, 2:19 AM
Wow, that's pretty ingenious of you to mix the silver with the white. The pearl looks really nice.


The pearly white and the bright gold look damn good toghether nice man.

I'm gonna repaint it again since the panel line is way too dark and too thick.