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The Flight Deck => Mobile Suit Hangar => Topic started by: lupes on July 02, 2012, 01:34:06 PM

Title: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 02, 2012, 01:34:06 PM
This is what I get for slacking at the tail end of something.

No doubt many users remember the big PG SF GotA GB last year that took place up until September. If you don't, the thread is here (http://gundamaustralia.com/forum/index.php?topic=1356.0). Go ahead and read it, I'll wait for you.

(http://i50.tinypic.com/14iq6fa.jpg)

Done? Good. I won't lie. At the time, I was just glad to be done with the build and make it in before the deadline. The last leg of the kit had been an exercise in frustration with chroming the wing frames over and over and over due to slight imperfections caused by particles getting in to the paint (my airbrush was in serious need of a complete cleaning that I didn't know how to give it at the time) and horrible marring caused by overspraying and the thinner in the clear color ruining the chrome. Not to mention the blues were off in a few areas on the wings in terms of hue and the middle and lower part of the chest turned out rough and suffered from some seriously atrocious scratching.

All in all, the fire died out at the end. I didn't even paint the white on the kit and simple put the stickers on it and called it good. Even worse was the the chrome on the wing's frame had gotten smudged over time from posing the wings and I was so fed up with messing with it that I just let it be. Fast forward to months later and I'm utterly sick of looking at the wasted potential of the kit.

I'm a better builder than this. Something like this at this scale deserves better from me.

(http://i46.tinypic.com/688wwo.jpg)

Take everything off, redo the entire frame. The Hi-Nu concept was hit or miss, it got mistaken for ANA colors a lot. No more odd green bit son the shoulder and thighs, let's go with what we know works. Gold for the sliding bits to accentuate the chrome frame. Make sure no area goes untouched. No ugly blank spots this time around, unlike last time where the ankle pistons had been left untouched and were the disgusting stock barf yellow color. But what colors? I wanted to keep a faint nod to the original and not completely abandon what has become somewhat of a trademark color for me.

(http://i49.tinypic.com/1j2jiu.jpg)

Purple brings it home and it's not a color you see often. It worked great on V-Dash so let's really show it off this time around. Add a little more gold on some details to make everything pop so it doesn't all blend in to itself like it did before. How did I stand to leave the vulcan tips on the head unpainted last time? That didn't even go with anything. A little coat of clear purple over the cameras and eyes will really give it pop once I add the violet LED to the head.

(http://i50.tinypic.com/9r8775.jpg)

And here's where we stand now. Painting the white is frustrating as it could possibly be- especially now that summer is here in full swing. But I'll be patient and wait til dusk when I can paint the whites proper, because I'm going to atone for phoning it in on the end of such a big GB.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: fury-s12 on July 02, 2012, 01:50:18 PM
i dont think anyone thought there was much wrong with your SF man especially not enough to warrant going back to square one but hey im a perfectionist too so i can undarstand the desire to go back there even for a hellish build like the apocalyse

and tell ya what its look good so far purple, gold and chrome ftw

does the vfin fade from purple to silver or is that just reflection/photo trickery
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Infinity on July 02, 2012, 01:55:23 PM
W o w!

This looks utterly amazing lupes. The purple looks great and the inner frame looks killer. Looking forward to the end result.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 02, 2012, 01:59:59 PM
i dont think anyone thought there was much wrong with your SF man especially not enough to warrant going back to square one but hey im a perfectionist too so i can undarstand the desire to go back there even for a hellish build like the apocalyse

and tell ya what its look good so far purple, gold and chrome ftw

does the vfin fade from purple to silver or is that just reflection/photo trickery

That's just light reflecting from the chest, haha. But yeah most flaws weren't visible thanks to tricky photography but I knew they were there and that drove me nuts.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: fury-s12 on July 02, 2012, 02:09:55 PM
oh stupid me just looked at the head on the full body shot that shiny chrome lol thats awesome that its that reflective and lol we all no hat feeling
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Shaid on July 02, 2012, 02:46:06 PM
Looking good, Lupes! You're becoming the metallic paint king! I look forward to seeing how this goes.

But this can of worms you're opening... I've been tempted to go back to mine. I really want to do something with the front skirt, it's just so... boring.  Then add some detailing, decals, and fix up the bits I managed to hide in the photoshoot. ;)
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Sonar on July 02, 2012, 03:22:27 PM
Purple and gold are best friends. This is already looking 100% more intricate. I will be very interested to see the end result. Feels like you will be kicking it into pro-verdrive.

CHORM!
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 02, 2012, 04:44:37 PM
Looking good, Lupes! You're becoming the metallic paint king! I look forward to seeing how this goes.

But this can of worms you're opening... I've been tempted to go back to mine. I really want to do something with the front skirt, it's just so... boring.  Then add some detailing, decals, and fix up the bits I managed to hide in the photoshoot. ;)


Let's do it! And If I had some dymo tape, you can bet i'd be busting out the scribe for mine. Might just use some of the fantastically done SFs out there as a PoR, but I think there's a lot of canvas space on the SF.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Adrian on July 02, 2012, 05:51:49 PM
Oh boy. Purple.This is looking so sweeeet already.  ;D
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: TheGhostofZeon on July 02, 2012, 06:38:44 PM
Nice purple. What brand of paint did you use for it?

Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Falldog on July 03, 2012, 08:29:21 AM
Alclad purple mayhaps? That's what I was thinking of using on my Unicorn.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 03, 2012, 11:20:49 AM
Actually it's Plamo Colour (I'll never buy from them again) transparent purple over chrome.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Falldog on July 03, 2012, 12:11:52 PM
Crap, someone makes a transparent purple?!

It sucks? Crap.

Falldog and the infinite sadness.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 03, 2012, 01:33:56 PM
The paint itself is great, but Plamo Color's service sucks horriblely. Just stick with alclad ii hotmetal violet.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Hemish on July 03, 2012, 05:27:20 PM
Thats looking awesome, loving the purple and gold combo
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 04, 2012, 01:20:53 PM
(http://i49.tinypic.com/2qaigi1.jpg)

(http://i45.tinypic.com/mmtwkz.jpg)

(http://i50.tinypic.com/25qg404.jpg)

Onward and upward. Painting the white is making a HUGE difference to me liking the look of this. Just the arms and ankles to go before I get to work on the wings again!  The key thing I've found for painting the chormô is to mix the paint around a 35/65 ratio. This reduces the chances of screwing  up the chormô by overspraying by a fair amount (which I figured out today which is also why it doesn't have the left section of the chest).
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: thepuddingcup11 on July 04, 2012, 05:58:31 PM
wait is it chorm or chrom? or possibly chrome?
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 04, 2012, 06:00:29 PM
wait is it chorm or chrom? or possibly chrome?

i'm so talented i typo'd a typo

it's chorm
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: thepuddingcup11 on July 04, 2012, 07:11:01 PM
wait is it chorm or chrom? or possibly chrome?

i'm so talented i typo'd a typo

it's chorm
is that a paint brand? or a type of paint?
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 05, 2012, 12:49:14 AM
wait is it chorm or chrom? or possibly chrome?

i'm so talented i typo'd a typo

it's chorm
is that a paint brand? or a type of paint?

It's a joke from the original GB thread where I spelled chrome wrong, haha.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Sonar on July 05, 2012, 05:01:58 PM
Its a type of burleigh used to attract fish.

Looking good Doctor Lupes.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: thepuddingcup11 on July 05, 2012, 06:14:12 PM
oh ok.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 06, 2012, 12:53:40 PM
(http://i45.tinypic.com/2i1i6ag.jpg)

With any luck I'll be done with the main body and rifles tomorrow.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Sonar on July 06, 2012, 02:42:59 PM
So clean! :drool:
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 07, 2012, 02:54:31 PM
So clean! :drool:

You'd never know both of the white parts on top of the feet snapped in two while I was trying to pry them off! I got pretty good at fixing most breaks.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Sonar on July 08, 2012, 08:37:11 AM
Very impressive!
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 08, 2012, 11:30:40 AM
(http://i48.tinypic.com/16ihzpi.jpg)

Just gotta do the tips of the rail guns, then it's rifle time!
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: fury-s12 on July 08, 2012, 11:39:40 AM
wow fast work man and still looking very sexy
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: ZETA NEWTYPE on July 08, 2012, 12:19:38 PM
I think we can all agree there was no shortage of kits that used blue in the GB, so I love the new direction this kit has gone into. Dude, the gold in the face mask is my favorite part. Don't ask me why, I think it just POPS real well.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Shaid on July 08, 2012, 04:11:20 PM
I think we can all agree there was no shortage of kits that used blue in the GB, so I love the new direction this kit has gone into.
I think only Lupes and myself used any blue, Zeta. ;)

Though I must say the purple and gold and white does look very nice, Lupes!
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: ZETA NEWTYPE on July 08, 2012, 04:21:46 PM
I think we can all agree there was no shortage of kits that used blue in the GB, so I love the new direction this kit has gone into.
I think only Lupes and myself used any blue, Zeta. ;)

Though I must say the purple and gold and white does look very nice, Lupes!
No wai! Really? Either way, it's better now. Less ANA, more original.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 10, 2012, 05:07:46 AM
(http://i45.tinypic.com/1zx2kon.jpg)

(http://i49.tinypic.com/29xw4ue.jpg)

(http://i45.tinypic.com/4vl0zn.jpg)

(http://i47.tinypic.com/10f6w6p.jpg)
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Sonar on July 10, 2012, 11:09:41 AM
Man that looks sweet! (Apart from the giant pube in the booth :D )

Every time I see this topic title I think of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQOYPbFZ9e0

"No dispute, this the home of atonement too"
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 21, 2012, 11:52:09 AM
Work resumes Tuesday. Job picks up Monday. Have some pictures of the finer details.

(http://i46.tinypic.com/4r6mms.jpg)

(http://i47.tinypic.com/xe3g2v.jpg)

(http://i45.tinypic.com/25teyqd.jpg)

(http://i50.tinypic.com/2qu0l68.jpg)

(http://i46.tinypic.com/2v2a881.jpg)
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Hemish on July 21, 2012, 12:20:46 PM
You have atoned for your supposed sins sir, that is just beautifull
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Ethan on July 21, 2012, 12:28:43 PM
So shinyyyyy. :D The only critique I have about this is that in the 2nd image, there's a corner in the shoulder plate that looks uneven.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 21, 2012, 01:41:27 PM
So shinyyyyy. :D The only critique I have about this is that in the 2nd image, there's a corner in the shoulder plate that looks uneven.

Yeah, I didn't do the best job cleaning up a few nubs on this thing when I build it last year. I'll replace the parts someday for a truly flawless build.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: fury-s12 on July 22, 2012, 12:52:39 AM
Jeez this is looking awesome colors work so well together
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: tsubaki on July 22, 2012, 05:54:27 AM
dame excellent job man
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: thepuddingcup11 on July 22, 2012, 08:45:40 AM
that looks awesome. In the second image on the bottom left it looks like some paint has smudged on to the white of the arm.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 22, 2012, 11:47:43 AM
Where? I think you might be seeing where the chrome bit the large part of the forearm attaches to that's exposed.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: thepuddingcup11 on July 22, 2012, 05:16:26 PM
Where? I think you might be seeing where the chrome bit the large part of the forearm attaches to that's exposed.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on July 23, 2012, 12:38:21 AM
Yeah, that's just the chrome bit haha. The light is damn bright so it's mega reflecting off of that.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on October 02, 2012, 11:15:32 AM
I remember this.

(http://i50.tinypic.com/2zg6yp5.jpg)

(http://i47.tinypic.com/2rcvqll.jpg)

Replacement parts for the upper sections (the silver and black parts) are en route.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: ZETA NEWTYPE on October 02, 2012, 06:07:15 PM
Gotdam. Those rifles look KILLER in that scheme!
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on October 03, 2012, 06:29:21 AM
I've always liked colored side-skirts as opposed to white ones.

Currently tightening the legs up because the wings pull this big sob back and on to the ground.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Shaid on October 03, 2012, 07:12:12 AM
Looks fantastic, Lupes!

The skirts were one of the more disappointing parts of this kit for me.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Sonar on October 03, 2012, 09:03:58 AM
Killer. Love the tone of the purple. Your work with the white is exemplary.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on October 04, 2012, 05:12:15 AM
It stands now. I'm replacing the silver and black bits since they have like 6 layers of paint on them, hence why it looks the way it does. Almost there now!

(http://i49.tinypic.com/m6e7p.jpg)

(http://i48.tinypic.com/acx0zn.jpg)

(http://i45.tinypic.com/207upmw.jpg)
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Sonar on October 07, 2012, 08:06:55 AM
Looking forward to seeing this in the Catapult dude!

Zenny can I book in a blog feature sometime in the next coupla weeks plz? ;D
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on October 11, 2012, 06:29:02 AM
Looking forward to seeing this in the Catapult dude!

Zenny can I book in a blog feature sometime in the next coupla weeks plz? ;D

Hell yeahhhhhh boi.

I might be buying a house. More on that as it develops. The parts for this should be here tomorrow? Just in time for the weekend! I think I can find all the stuff I need for the base here in town. I might have to talk shop with you for a fancy display plate for this thing, Sonar.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Sonar on October 13, 2012, 12:07:57 AM
PM me the specs.
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on October 13, 2012, 11:42:20 AM
I'll get back to you on that.

Forgot how much of a mother this thing is to photograph. Gonna have to build a third even bigger lightbox for the catapult pictures, but I'll post some shots up tonight of the finished product....
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: lupes on October 13, 2012, 12:33:23 PM
(http://i46.tinypic.com/3584fif.jpg)

(http://i46.tinypic.com/i4iwb9.jpg)

(http://i49.tinypic.com/13zs4ty.jpg)

(http://i48.tinypic.com/np3xwm.jpg)

(http://i46.tinypic.com/66jev5.jpg)

(http://i45.tinypic.com/ethb2u.jpg)

(http://i45.tinypic.com/xu0ww.jpg)

(http://i46.tinypic.com/2renu9z.jpg)

(http://i50.tinypic.com/2m3mf55.jpg)
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: fury-s12 on October 13, 2012, 04:21:05 PM
such an awesome strike
Title: Re: PG Strike Freedom GB redux - Atonement
Post by: Sonar on October 14, 2012, 09:24:56 AM
Damn that is SLICK. IDK how you got that paint so smooth and dust free. Honestly I just don't know how you did that right thurr. Bigup.