View Full Version : Baufrin's experiments in minature techniques for painting Gundam kits

February 27, 2014, 7:49 PM
So starting small here. Warning first time wip thread. first time trying to use paint techniques I am familiar with on a Gundam. I intend to alter the primary color scheme on beginning D gundam I have a couple of test primed a couple of pieces. These are acrylic based paints the parts I have primed are done using color primers. I have used Skeleton bone, and Dragon red. Available here ( http://www.spikeybits.com/servlet/the-Army-Painter-cln-Primers/Categories ). I have not washed the runners to attempt to do this as a worst case scenario. So far no primary pieces have been injured with acrylics. So on to the pictures...

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadfronted.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadfronted.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadrighted.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadrighted.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadlefted.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadlefted.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altcentertorsosideed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altcentertorsosideed.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altcentertorsotoped.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altcentertorsotoped.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/frontbodyed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/frontbodyed.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/rearbodyed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/rearbodyed.jpg.html)

Well any thoughts or opinions?

February 28, 2014, 12:41 AM
and a little progress

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadfront2ed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadfront2ed.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadright2ed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadright2ed.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadleft2ed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadleft2ed.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadleft3ed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadleft3ed.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altcentertorsofront2ed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altcentertorsofront2ed.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altcentertorsofronted.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altcentertorsofronted.jpg.html)

February 28, 2014, 8:53 AM
Watching with interest. I'll give an opinion once I get a better idea how this turns out.

Quick question, though. How many coats did it take to get that red to not bleed through the white?

February 28, 2014, 9:34 AM
about 3-5. 2-4 white washes and one coat at a consistency of milk. Mind you this is working with 5 drops of paint. 1 drop for each color. Part of the challenge for me here is that what I generally am working with has maybe 0-8 points of articulation. 0 points is the easiest to paint.

February 28, 2014, 9:42 AM
No kidding. I went from Gunpla to Warmachine/Reaper miniatures, back to Gunpla. Definitely apples and oranges.

March 3, 2014, 3:17 AM
and not as much progress but a little something.

in this picture we cleaned up the black a bit now some of you might wonder why I left part of the sprue on the head. well it was an accident. However I have decided that I am going to try to work with it. If it works out I may submit it as a tip/trick.

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadright3ed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadright3ed.jpg.html)

Gun metal on the little nub we will clean that up later

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadright4ed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadright4ed.jpg.html)

and getting the eye area preped up for coloring.

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadfront3ed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Gundam%20WIP/Begining%20D%20gundam/altheadfront3ed.jpg.html)

March 3, 2014, 3:20 AM
If I am going to hand paint faces I think I will paint then assemble this eye area is a pain in the backside.

March 3, 2014, 12:29 PM
If I am going to hand paint faces I think I will paint then assemble this eye area is a pain in the backside.
Thats usually a good idea. I use the reverse wash for painting gundam eyes. Hope this helps


March 30, 2014, 5:49 PM
Been a bit busy with real life. tonight I am testing washing parts in a dish washer we will see how that turns out... Also hope to get some painting done tonight.

in the mean time here is a pic of my wet palette

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Tools/wetpaletteed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Tools/wetpaletteed.jpg.html)

and here are some pics of paint separation no worries paint separation is normal it is why you should shake or stir your paints.

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Tools/paintseparationed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Tools/paintseparationed.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Tools/paintseped.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Tools/paintseped.jpg.html)

March 30, 2014, 7:53 PM
Paint separation...oh how I loathe thee. I had to deal with that frequently when I was painting my KA with Vallejo. I eventually got into the habit of agitating the paint on the palette after I painted an area for longer than five minutes.

March 30, 2014, 7:56 PM
What is a wet palette?

March 30, 2014, 7:59 PM
A sponge with paper on top. You put a bit of water in the sponge, and it keeps your paint from drying too fast. I have the exact same one he pictured.

March 30, 2014, 8:01 PM
Oh thats nifty. Is it for hand brushing? And is it only for acrylic?

March 30, 2014, 8:34 PM
Yes and yes.

March 31, 2014, 8:11 PM
Thanks for catching those questions for me I have been tied up with more real life and work. The paint separation was about a week after I had set up the palette. all it takes on that pallet is a brief stir to get it back into usable condition. A wet pallet will save you money if you use it wisely. I theory you could do some thing similar with other paint bases. but you would need some thing to act like a sponge that would stand up to the liquid chemical. Generally it would be the liquid you thin the paint with.

March 31, 2014, 8:23 PM
Oh thats interesting. So would you be able to just poor some enamel thinker down their then use it for enamel? Ams just keep adding a bit more when it evaporates?

March 31, 2014, 9:28 PM
in theory not sure on what material sponge would handle the enamel thinner and then you would need a container that could handle the chemical. Fumes may be the other hazard. Possibly a natural sponge maybe or just try several sponges soaked in thinner and do it out side and see which man made sponge survives the thinner. I used bakers parchment for the paper in the palette. her is a tutorial on how to make a wet palette for acrylic paints.


April 1, 2014, 1:34 AM
I liked the idea of a wet pallet, but I didn't end up using mine too much. When I was actually still into painting miniatures, I (you're going to cringe at this) thinning and painted directly from the pot. Every single time. I still do it, and my results speak for themselves.