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May 5, 2012, 7:52 AM
Hi there,
I haven't posted any updates or anything in a while, so I figure, why not post a few pics on my commission piece the 1/100 MG Exia.

My commission piece is for a simple OOB build, with some high lighting. After that, I have to mail it to Japan =).

I planned on applying all 3 finishes to the kit at different areas.
1: Internal Frame - Clear Gloss finish
2: White parts - Flat/Matte finish
3: Blue/Red/Yellow parts - Semi Gloss finish.

To make it pop out more, I decided to paint the colored parts with some preshading with highlights.

So far I have just finished the Internal frame, and Color parts.
I have also blacked out the white parts to prep for preshading.

I am satisfied with how the semi-gloss finish turned out.

Hope you like the photos:
Here is a partially constructed torso:

Shoulders: these pieces took me a while to get right. It was tough to get the shading and highlighting even on the shoulders due to separate pieces.

May 5, 2012, 7:53 AM
The main sword/gun- I am somewhat relieved that the two tones on the sword turned out well.

Minor swords: Took me a while to figure out how to modify it for painting so I don't have to mask anything.

May 5, 2012, 7:54 AM

White parts: *sigh still in progress, and there's sooooo many of them orz.

May 5, 2012, 7:54 AM
Feet: The red pieces were the ones that I thought came out the best.

May 5, 2012, 8:49 AM
Wow man. That looks amazing. The paint is looks so awesome. I can't wait to see the whole thing put together.

May 5, 2012, 7:10 PM
thanks thwalker13,

With so many parts that I have to paint white, It will take some time.

I will do them by parts, so will have plenty of updates to come =).

May 5, 2012, 8:50 PM
you should do a video tutorial on how you did theose pieces because thats what i want my pieces to look like but i'm not getting that clean and crisp of a result

May 5, 2012, 9:59 PM
I was thinking about doing one, but it's quite difficult to explain over the noise.
also the lighting is a bit difficult for the camera to zoom into.

I'll see what I can do, but I need help with the audio. I am thinking perhaps to overlay instructions over the original audio, that may make it better.
any takers?

May 6, 2012, 12:38 AM
If I knew anything about video editing I'd be glad to help. I can say that I'd be sure to watch it. Cause judging from the way your parts look so far. You do some amazing work.

May 6, 2012, 1:06 AM
yeah if you have the know how to do the voice over, that seems effective.

May 6, 2012, 3:14 AM
Well, if anyone knows how to do voice overs, I can provide the video and audio recording.

But I must also add that it will be lengthy. To understand fully what I did for those pieces you need to have a good grasp of , color theory, and I am not sure how to teach that. The reason being is because by understanding color theory, it allows you to choose the more appropriate color to make things pop out more. I usually do simple things like choosing between warm and cool colors.

May 6, 2012, 3:25 AM
I approve of all Exia related projects!

Seriously though, looks good.

May 6, 2012, 11:10 PM
Thanks for the approval Exia, and I'm glad you like it.

So another update.

I decided to get some of the white parts done this weekend, and start lightly greying the head and feet portions. I also decided to experiment with a new line f paint from Mr. Color called "Mr. Crystal Colors". They are basically the replacement for the pearl colors of the original line from what I heard (<- I might be wrong). So for the shields and weapons, I continued to preshade with a warm grey, by adding in a drop of "hull red" and a splash of "brown". Then I highlighted the entire piece with "Cool white". Finally for the "piece de resistance" I gave a clear coat of the Mr. Crystal Color - Tourmaline Green.

The effect it has is that when you look at the piece dead on, it looks white, but as you turn the piece and light becomes reflected you can see a sheen of green.
Now, by it's self the sheen is quite strong, so I proceeded to flat coat the white pieces to dim the sheen a bit and I am quite pleased as a result.
I hope my camera picked up the green sheen/sparkle in the pics.

I also decided to do some decals, and some of you may notice that they are indeed not the stock decals. I have decided to use custom decals from samuel decals. They look nice IMHO, but are much thinner than regular water slide decals you get from Bandai. applying them was challenging to say the least.

Head+Feet parts: Just greyed them with warm grey

May 6, 2012, 11:11 PM
Shield - Grayed the white part, and hightlighted with white and added a coat of crystal clear- Tourmaline Green. Then proceeded to flat coat and decal it.
Messed up on the decal orz....

May 6, 2012, 11:11 PM
Big Sword: Did the exact same thing as the shield - including Screwing up on a decal orz....

May 6, 2012, 11:14 PM
Minor Swords: Did the same thing as with the weapons above, but didn't screw up the decals!!! - Sooo Happy:D!


May 6, 2012, 11:14 PM
Torso and head: It was kind of interesting that There were decals for the clear piece of the fore-head of the Exia. I hope you can see it. I tried to take a picture of it the best I could.


May 7, 2012, 12:17 AM
this thing is awesome man. i respect like doing battle damage and weathering but nothing looks better in my eyes as just a crispy clean well shaded kit and this is turning out to be one of the best i've seen man, great work.

May 7, 2012, 12:40 AM
Thanks for the kind words Wing Zero.

I must also add that doing clean kits is much harder than doing a weathered kit. Simple because on a clean kit, a spec of dust in the wrong area or a forgotten sprue or even a forgotten sink hole in the plastic can ruin it. Where as weathering can help hide flaws in the plastic etc.

To tell you the truth, I messed up a bit. I am not sure if the pictures show it or not, but the white parts on the shield and big sword, some dust settled there and OMG do I wanna gouge my eyes out because of it. but *sigh* I'm too lazy to strip it and plus now the decals on I can't go back now.... :(

May 7, 2012, 1:05 AM
yeah that makes sense

May 10, 2012, 4:20 PM
you have ruined my mind lol now when i'm looking at anything with color like signs while i'm driving and any logo, i'm thinking about why they decided to go with those colors and if they cooled or warmed them properly (most of the time not) and after the lesson i realize how much better this kit is then i initially realized knowing what the process truly is to tackle this sucker. but thanks again for the lesson man i just hope i can get a kit finished that will get the gdx9902 stamp of approval out soon lol.

May 11, 2012, 3:58 AM
Sorry if I ruined it. It was not my intention, but I know what you mean when you start questioning billboards and wonder why they chose those colors, etc. When I was first taught that way, I was doing the exact same thing LOL! Every TV ad, cartoons, anime, etc. But after a while you get the hang of it.

What really helped me was those design shows a couple of years back for interior decorators. A lot of times when they chose color for a room, the same type of thinking was applied.

I don't think I can give my stamp of approval on the account that I have no stamp. So due to lack of physical stamps, they're all stamped ok by me ;)

May 15, 2012, 11:52 PM
so when are we gonna see some updates on this thing? i really wanna se this thing

May 23, 2012, 7:59 AM
Sorry to make you wait, but thankfully there was a long weekend, and it was a great opportunity to get some things done.

So from my previous WIPS, I had finished the internal structure, weapons, and color pieces.

All that was left was the white parts of the kit.

I painted them in the same gradient fashion as the white part of the shield, with one difference. Instead of a semi-gloss coat, I put a flat coat instead.

And I like the results. when you put it together with the inner frame.

The wierd plastic pieces which resemble ribbons, I coated it with a Mr. Clear Crystal Color -Amnethyst Purple to give it a bit of a purple tint.

I hope it shows in the photos.

I also must say I had to use the stickers provided with the kit for the Green areas of the elbow, head and knees. I tried different color schemes, but none came out better than the stickers. Too me that is a first.

Well all that's left is to do the upper arms and decals. So I guess my next post will be a finished post.

This is my first try with using different coatings on a single kit. The white parts are mainly flat, the colors are semigloss and the inner frame is gloss coatings.

I hope the images turned out ok, feel free to let me know what you think.

Torso+Head: Finally finished the white armor parts, GN drive, and swords. One complaint I do have is that the white parts I used Mr. Surfacer 500, and it is quite tough to clean washes when it is sooo gritty. Just hrs of sitting there with Q-tips almost scrubbing the pieces.

The Head was a bit of a challenge to plan where the preshade goes.




May 23, 2012, 7:59 AM
Lower Torso: Finally got this thing finished.




May 23, 2012, 8:00 AM
ForeArms: Yeah this is about as far as I got. still have to finish coating the upper arms and plastic ribbon.




May 23, 2012, 8:00 AM
Legs: I had some problems with the back half of the upper leg with the wash. It kept on coming off as I was cleaning it. I got a bit frustrated, so I left it out and will finish it when my nerves are better.



May 23, 2012, 8:01 AM
Test fit: With most of it done, I couldn't resist putting some of the Exia together. I am quite please with the flat coat/ gloss coat contrast.

feel free to let me know what you think of it, as this is an experiment for me to put different coatings on a single kit.





May 23, 2012, 10:12 AM
Dude, that looks amazing. I can only dream about painting that good.

May 23, 2012, 2:56 PM
you have to make tutorials please!

May 23, 2012, 4:03 PM
so sexy....

May 24, 2012, 5:00 AM
Thanks for the kind comments

@thwalker13: Once you start getting into airbrushing you can do the same thing, and get the same effects. When you decide to get an airbrush, I can't wait to see what other custom color schemes you come up with.

@julius: I am thinking of how I can put what I did into a tutorial, but there is a lot of material to cover, and I am not exaggerating, D-Smith can vouch to that. I am currently in the process of putting together the key concepts, there are not a lot, but trying to explain them in a simple way is difficult.
I am trying to see what would be the best way to provide a tutorial, I have been looking into video but require some help; I don't know how to do video editing. I even thought of using a skype conference and perhaps doing it over skype. So far the skype seems to be the most effective.

May 24, 2012, 7:34 AM
Thanks for the confidence boost man. I really hope that one day I can get an airbrush. And if you do post up some video tutorials I'll be sure watch them and take notes. Even if you do it over Skype I would definitely be interested to listen in or watch.

May 24, 2012, 3:27 PM
Thanks for the kind comments

@thwalker13: Once you start getting into airbrushing you can do the same thing, and get the same effects. When you decide to get an airbrush, I can't wait to see what other custom color schemes you come up with.

@julius: I am thinking of how I can put what I did into a tutorial, but there is a lot of material to cover, and I am not exaggerating, D-Smith can vouch to that. I am currently in the process of putting together the key concepts, there are not a lot, but trying to explain them in a simple way is difficult.
I am trying to see what would be the best way to provide a tutorial, I have been looking into video but require some help; I don't know how to do video editing. I even thought of using a skype conference and perhaps doing it over skype. So far the skype seems to be the most effective.

I think i can help you out in the video editing process and i think i have an idea for a video you could do but it would take me awhile to explain it and it would take your expertise on the subject to make sure it all checks out as accurate. but in a nutshell it would be more of a slide show with a voice over. but we could always hash out the deets on SKYPE.

@Julius he is not lying though we were probably talking about shading and theory for like an hour if not longer lol

May 26, 2012, 4:48 AM
Ok so, the Exia is finally done!

here's the link to it.