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The Flight Deck => Mobile Suit Hangar => Topic started by: Vital-Blurs on November 07, 2014, 07:29:46 PM

Title: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on November 07, 2014, 07:29:46 PM
Welcome to my WIP thread  ^-^

My techniques aren't very advanced yet, so please don't expect anything too exciting here. But now that I've started painting Gunpla I might aswell start sharing my progress and maybe asking a question or two along the way. All I can promise is some photos of various bits and pieces at various stages of completion and not much else. But hey, people like photos right? even if they're just parts in primer. I know I do  ;)

(http://i.imgur.com/TJoUqTv.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/bkM4Unp.jpg?1)

It's my 11th kit (HGUC Sinanju) which will be similar to the Kampfer I recently finished, but this time in red as opposed to the blue. I wrongly used grey primer under the metallic blue on the last one, so this time we'll see what it's like with black base coat.

1st coat.....so speckly

(http://i.imgur.com/GrTKA6A.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/p2QFxth.jpg?1)

2nd coat.....

(http://i.imgur.com/wTmeSXW.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/6GGLy78.jpg?1)

3rd coat....now we're getting there.

(http://i.imgur.com/hDhNBNG.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/NDRXy8w.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/JxZp5qM.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/5aihotK.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/mHggsAv.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on November 08, 2014, 09:35:46 PM
So this is what Tamiya's semi-gloss black looks like.....

(http://i.imgur.com/2BvRzLn.jpg?1)

1st coat of Tamiya's metallic red. All rattle-cans so far.

(http://i.imgur.com/2Rbdjvw.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/QNJ2G1Q.jpg?1)

Looking good on black to me.....maybe I should just stop after this coat  :D

(http://i.imgur.com/cXwwywI.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/DJquACt.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: fury-s12 on November 10, 2014, 09:32:55 AM
thats gonna look real good when it comes together!
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on November 11, 2014, 02:29:49 PM
I hope so  ;)

3 coats of metallic red now.

(http://i.imgur.com/yYOVrqy.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/fbKoic1.jpg?1)

So that's 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of black, and 3 coats of red. I think I managed to keep the coats fairly thin, so I'm happy enough to stop there.

(http://i.imgur.com/MMtAI8U.jpg?1)

The Silver Leaf is super opaque, so only 2 coats were needed here.

(http://i.imgur.com/v0FRl2S.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/pBQpy6w.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: thegunny on November 11, 2014, 02:51:54 PM
More coats than the hat check room at the Trocadero  :agx04:
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on November 14, 2014, 05:45:18 PM
 ^^ ;D

When researching the HGUC Sinanju leading up to the purchase, I heard time and time again about how much of a pain in the arse the gold stickers were. So right off the bat I was ready to bypass them and just hand paint the gold trim.

My experience with handpainting is extremely limited though (just a couple of easy bits on my Kampfer). So I started on the collar with some Tamiya Gold Leaf (X-12). This is some seriously chunky paint. Should I have thinned it out first?

I hand painted the silver on his errrr.... face-vulcans as they're part of his face armour. I'm happy with how they turned out.

I've got a reasonably steady hand, but controlling exactly where the paint goes seems to be my problem. I did a tidy-up of the edges with some black panel line marker, but I'm still not too impressed with my handywork. Then when it came to do the chest, it looked like it was going to be much more difficult.....that's when I broke out the sticker sheet  ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/65V2Pjo.jpg?1)

So far, the stickers haven't been too difficult to work with. It's true, I haven't got to the knees yet (apparently they're in 12 parts). As expected though, the 2 golds don't match very well. I might sand back the gold on the collar and use the stickers there too.

(http://i.imgur.com/XUbAbWZ.jpg?1)

Still, the red and silver seems to look alright. I managed to put a few tiny chips in the red during assembly but the dark red Real Touch Marker hid them really well (what looks like a large chip on his back there is actually a gap showing some silver behind it.....phew, I had to double check)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: strikegundam on November 14, 2014, 09:52:18 PM
you can cut out the black part of the sticker and use them for masking. then paint the gold on the parts
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on February 10, 2015, 11:33:30 PM
There's an interesting idea, but if I was to do it again I reckon I'd paint the whole piece gold and then fill in all of the recessed parts in black. A panel line marker would get clean edges around the details and then you could just fill in the rest of the black afterwards. Trying to handpaint the raised bits was harder than I thought it'd be.

Anyway, here's some progress pics....

(http://i.imgur.com/Gm6K1mM.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/BjbMDOA.jpg?1)

Doesn't it look like a face?  ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/ahtt7Ml.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/BNkV4L7.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/Z52k5zj.jpg?1)

Inside of the rear armour. It's going to be silver along with all of the inner-framey parts like the elbows and knees etc.

(http://i.imgur.com/EBzlyBN.jpg?1)

This kit is going to scratch the crap out of itself by the looks of it.

(http://i.imgur.com/znm3SJw.jpg?1)

It's getting there.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZRyoHnM.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/wcywNux.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: kirky on February 11, 2015, 03:09:04 PM
Looks amazing dude!
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on February 18, 2015, 09:06:13 PM
Cheers, I'm pretty happy with how it's looking so far :D

The suit itself is 99% complete and painted, so now I can start working on the backpack and shield. I must say, that this kit is the most intricate High Grade that I've ever built (although only my 8th HG) Just the legs would have as many parts as a regular HG  ;D


Random bits.....

(http://i.imgur.com/lNijspz.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/4BUWHg9.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/S0HQIKw.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/UZQdaDn.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on March 06, 2015, 03:50:42 PM
Taking white parts, priming them in white and then painting them in white made it difficult to tell how things were going, but I think we got there in the end.

(http://i.imgur.com/j0VChoT.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/fvowzny.jpg?1)

The Sinanju rifle has to be one of the better looking designs out there.....

(http://i.imgur.com/Z5JOl4z.jpg?2)

(http://i.imgur.com/HgJNPRl.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: genericpaladin on March 07, 2015, 10:19:34 AM
This looks great, can't wait to see it finished. I'm loving the sparkly red.
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on March 17, 2015, 03:49:01 PM
A picture of the finished product in my WIP thread seems like a sensible idea.

(http://i.imgur.com/thwIH2Z.jpg?1)

Up next will be a painted RG. But I miss just snapping together a kit, you know?....so I might do an unpainted one while I'll slowly get the RG going.
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: jozaeh on March 30, 2015, 02:46:13 PM
Man, I LOVE posts like these! I know how much time it takes to stop and take good shots along the process of a build, let alone posting them all with descriptions, so thanks heaps! It's so fun to scroll through and see the process. Damn it turned out really nice hey. And you got a great finish even with the cans. (oooh one day when you get an airbrush, you'll faint with happiness. I decant my Tamiya sprays into my airbrush, and the paint goes about twice as far, and the control is so brilliant.

Nice work, that was a joy to see.
J
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on April 02, 2015, 03:48:14 PM
Thanks for the kind words, jozaeh. I'm glad you enjoyed having a scroll. I still think I could learn a thing or two from your threads though  :D

Actually, I do have an airbrush ready to go, but I haven't used it on any kits yet. Rattle cans are just way too convenient at the moment and I still have a draw full that need using up first!  ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/Me9wbh3.jpg?1)

I'll definitely start using my airbrush soon as I'd like to have a go at pre-shading. I still need to find the right location where I can leave things setup and with decent lighting.
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on April 03, 2015, 08:22:45 PM
This is where I'm up to on my next kit - an RG Destiny.

After my first two painted kits were metallic, it's nice to be using normal paint again. I found the metallics chipped quite easily whereas these colours seem a bit stickier. Plus not having to do a black basecoat sped things up slightly. I'm still following the Destiny's original scheme, just changing the tones a bit.

Before and after panel lines / decals

(http://i.imgur.com/BoVFZyB.jpg?3) (http://i.imgur.com/HX2ZCdx.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Xenomorph on April 03, 2015, 09:32:07 PM
Looking good =D
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Epimethius on April 04, 2015, 11:04:07 AM
Looking good =D

Panel lining can really make a kit look amazing.
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Xenomorph on April 04, 2015, 02:44:23 PM
Looking good =D

Panel lining can really make a kit look amazing.

Who has time for that :P
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on April 04, 2015, 06:02:18 PM
I'm surprised that there weren't more decals for the legs as the sticker sheet is quite large....granted most of it is taken up with foil bits and that shield.

(http://i.imgur.com/iG2kS83.jpg?1)

Something I've noticed between RG stickers and waterslide decals is that MrMarkSofter works great on waterslides. Just a tiny amount and they wrinkle up (which is a bit scary at first) but you come back in a few minutes and they look fantastic. Whereas if you use copious amounts of MrMarkSofter on RG stickers, it does almost nothing at all.

I like RG stickers......nice and thin but I can't rely on MarkSofter to hide the edges. I've been using semi-gloss under them as it seemed to work well with the previous 2 kits. (although they were water....slid) I'll try more gloss on the next section.
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on June 02, 2015, 06:16:32 PM
Progress has been slow with all of this wet weather.

(http://i.imgur.com/JveNB1E.jpg?1)

So I've been just snapping my first MG together while I wait for the weather to improve. After doing 3 painted kits in a row, it's nice to just snap one together again.

The top half waiting for a flat coat....

(http://i.imgur.com/L6wBmti.jpg?1)

The legs are on their way.....

(http://i.imgur.com/mNQTxRm.jpg?1)

I decided to make my first MG a slightly older one. Even though the box says 2011, I believe it's actually re-release of the Ver. Ka from 2004 with some minor differences (action base able whereas the old one wasn't for some reason?)

Some things I noticed about this older kit is the plastic feels a bit different. Some of the thinner white parts felt exactly like plastic spoons and about as sturdy too. Plus I'm noticing that the plastic in general seems a bit crumbly when tidying up the gate marks with a knife. Some unexpected flash too. I wonder what the really old kits were like  :D
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Shaid on June 02, 2015, 08:09:19 PM
Some things I noticed about this older kit is the plastic feels a bit different. Some of the thinner white parts felt exactly like plastic spoons and about as sturdy too. Plus I'm noticing that the plastic in general seems a bit crumbly when tidying up the gate marks with a knife. Some unexpected flash too. I wonder what the really old kits were like  :D

Crumbling? 2010-era kits shouldn't behave like that. Even early 2000 Bandai kits shouldn't do that. Maybe it was badly stored. Got a bad batch. Who knows!

Apart from that, the Force Impulse looks niiiice.
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on June 02, 2015, 08:30:59 PM
Not actually crumbling, it's hard to explain. The white parts mostly, they just seem more brittle and make more of a mess when using a design knife on them. I dunno, it just feels like a different type of plastic.

Force Impulse?....where? You mean the RG Destiny?....haha  ;D Cheers mate. I'm pretty happy with how it's coming along. I think it's my cleanest build so far. Let's see if I can keep it that way for the rest of it  ;)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Shaid on June 02, 2015, 09:10:05 PM
Force Impulse and Destiny do look fairly alike. Without the arms. Uh.

Yeah, all right, I'll let myself out...
(http://karlmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/59Vt6.gif)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on August 07, 2015, 09:07:36 PM
You're right, they're extremely similar. You can stay  :)

I recently acquired this red "laser" from a mate who oredred 10 and received 50. I guess it's the sort of thing you find in a laser pointer. Needs a few volts, he recommended about 5. I might see if I can fit it into a Gundam rifle at some point.

(http://i.imgur.com/ECtmUvT.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: fury-s12 on August 10, 2015, 09:19:57 AM
oh thats cool had no idea you could order them like that, im guessing ebay?
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on August 29, 2015, 08:35:34 PM
Yeah, ebay. The keyword is laser "diode". Pretty cheap too.
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on September 30, 2015, 10:13:34 PM
This is the current state of the backlog. It just keeps growing. A limit must be set.....somehow.

(http://i.imgur.com/IwXSk06.jpg?1)





Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: thegunny on October 01, 2015, 12:12:29 AM
What backlog?  ;)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: cobraleader on October 01, 2015, 08:07:55 AM
back log ???
my stash use to be that small - 20 years ago ...
I think my shelf queen collection is that big ...

my stash ... last tally ... about 600 kits ... and growing ...

"he who dies with the most kits, wins"
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: syn 76 on October 01, 2015, 10:21:28 AM
Model makers need to stop bringing out new kits until we've caught up I reckon ;)
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: c4cloud on October 01, 2015, 11:07:06 AM
A
This is the current state of the backlog. It just keeps growing. A limit must be set.....somehow.

A limit for backlog? you must be kidding  ;D All we can do is prepare the wallet
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Epimethius on October 01, 2015, 11:15:54 AM
A
This is the current state of the backlog. It just keeps growing. A limit must be set.....somehow.

A limit for backlog? you must be kidding  ;D All we can do is prepare the wallet

My space limits my backlog.  If I cannot store it in the model storage area it cannot enter the house.
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: syn 76 on October 01, 2015, 12:38:22 PM
I have a small pokey spare housing commission bedroom for my storage / building,it kinda sucks.
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on October 01, 2015, 05:05:18 PM
Well, luckily I'm not much of a collector. I actually intend to build every kit that I buy, but I can see how easy it is to go "Oh yeah, I want that one and that one....oh! and that one!"  ;D

Yay!...the suit itself is done. I just have to finish off the backpack and weapons now.

(http://i.imgur.com/mgaiD4Z.jpg?1)

Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: syn 76 on October 02, 2015, 10:34:23 AM
That looks awesome,great job.Painting rg kits can be a pain but you pulled it off nicely.
Title: Re: Vital's Bunker
Post by: Vital-Blurs on October 02, 2015, 12:13:53 PM
Thanks syn. Yeah RG's kind of demand that you paint most parts seperately which slows things down a bit, but I think I managed to keep the coats pretty thin overall. If I was to do it all over again, I'd probably ditch the RG stickers and grab a set of waterslides if they're even available.

(http://i.imgur.com/VOgMqAB.jpg?1)

A pity that there aren't any other RG's that I'm interested in building at the moment. Maybe the new Wing, but I just finished the MG  :-\