Sunday, December 15, 2013

Gunpla Sinanju Stein WIP Shot - Alclad II Paint...

Hey guys,

So I started (finally) to paint the Sinanju Stein. So far I've laid down some shading, some white, and some panel lining. But also, I've started painting the inner frame with a new metallic paint process (for me, that is). I'm using Alclad 2 metallic paints. They are a laquer paint, which I am really not used to at all. A far cry from my GW metallics for sure.

Basically the approach is to do a first coat with gloss black (in this case I'm using Alclad's gloss black base) and then, after that dries, you apply the metallic. Here I'm using Airframe Aluminum. You can see it comes out pretty smooth and shiny. So far so good. The only trick is I think my undercoat was not very smooth, and so in spots it does look rough. Also, this does seem like nasty stuff (toxic) as compared to the water based stuff I usually paint, so I'm using a breathing mask (I forget what they are called, the ones with the two round things on the front lol).  Also, I think I'll go through the dedicated Alclad airbrush cleaner relatively fast.

Still, all in all I'm happy with the progress so far. I could actually see myself painting the whole model! What I want to do is add in some nice satin black panel sections and then a nice amber/yellow for other panels (again, like Mass Effect Cerberus) but I'm a bit worried I will screw up the amber tones.  TBD.

Here's a shot of the partly painted leg, and the unpainted one. Note the painted one is bent. I was painting the inner joint/frame, and once that cures 24 hours I will extend it again and paint the other portions of the frame that become exposed. I dont want to bend it right now because I noticed I was already seeing some paint scraping on the primer coat when I did it too quickly.  So far this is over a primer coat of Vallejo Surface Primer black. Seems to be working decently.

Ignore the purple dots/flecks, it's my camera phone.

By the way, how awesome would that smooth, shiny finish on the metallics look on Convergence of Cyriss models?? The only problem (for me) is they wouldn't match the ones I've done so far very well.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Need to Share this Gunpla Blog I Found

Some of you may have seen this before but - I am just floored by this person's work. I wish I could understand ANY of what they have to say about the stunning models on their blog!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Gunpla Sinanju Stein Ver Ka Finished

Well, he's built I think! Don't think I missed any pieces (even though I have a lot left over...). I was going to say I was happy with how he turned out...but all I did was assemble him properly. Now I have to find the guts to paint it. For some reason I'm quite intimidated despite having painted some fairly complex Warhammer stuff. It's just that these guys seem to require a different style to look really badass.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Gunpla Progress - MG Sinanju Stein Ver Ka

It's been a really interesting few days since receiving my first Gundam model kit by Bandai. The hobby itself seems to be referred to as Gunpla so I'll be using that term from now on. Actually part of the fun I'm having is just diving into this whole other hobby world I wasn't aware of - learning the history of the hobby, what the various grades mean, all that jazz. It's really interesting (and appealing!).

I've been putting in a handful of hours a day since Friday, and have just finished the majority of the main body and limbs. Still need to do the backpack/thrusters, shield, and weapons. 

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A few things I found notable:
  • The box was very large and packed with parts. And yet, with shipping the cost was less than 100 dollars Canadian. So I have to say, the hobby feels more affordable than Games Workshop (GW - Warhammer and 40K) already....
  • The model is very tall - I don't have a measuring tape handy, but looks like ~ 9-10 inches?
  • The engineering is just crazy - all the various parts are articulated/movable. I'm still getting used to it, so posing him to stand for a photo wasnt easy. But for example, all the digits in his fingers can move. It's kinda awesome.
  • The model comes apart (sometimes a bit too easily) so that will help for painting. I can remove the head, legs, arms etc to paint them individually. Still pretty intimidated about that by the way.
  • No basing is nice, for a change lol.
  • The instructions are easier to follow than GW instructions, especially lately where GW seems to have reverted to very small images/type and the booklets almost have a photocopied look.
  • Still no need for glue. It's just a nice, "clean" building experience so far. 
  • I'm enjoying taking my time with it. I see this kit (and hopefully future ones) as a bit of a longer project than I used to strive for with my GW kits. With Warhammer stuff I was always kinda desperately trying to build it and paint it as fast as possible. I have no clue why that was, but there you have it. Who knows though, with my hobby ADD it's possible I could suddenly lose interest halfway through painting this guy!
    • I think there's more flexibility in this hobby community in terms of color schemes. So for example even though this guy is supposed to be blue/white (like the plastic colors are), I don't think people would balk at something different like metallic blue or something. That said, for my inaugural model I am probably going to play it pretty safe. I was actually thinking about using Cerberus (Mass Effect) colors.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Where have I been, Gundam It?

Sorry for the lack of posts - life has been busy, especially as the holidays approach. I also was in a bit of a painting slump, partly due to being very engrossed in the Last of Us for a couple of weeks (PS3 game) and partly just from lack of inspiration and motivation. I've been dabbling in some Infinity models and some Convergence of Cyriss models, but haven't been making fast progress on any of it.

Then something interesting happened. I came across this story on a gaming site I read every day (partly because it covers my industry).

Ehrmagherd I love this.
 I was really blown away by this model. The amount of time that went into customizing it, the razor sharp paint job, the detailing etc. I just loved it. So that got me searching Google about Gundam models.

I never realized the depth of that hobby, the amount of models available, and how amazing a well painted one could look! Suddenly I'm feeling really inspired to try painting something a little different for a change. It's not model cars or trains  - it's still in the sci-fi vein, but I think I'm finding it refreshing that it's not Warhammer or Warmachine, or tiny soldiers.

So in any case, I bought my first kit and this evening started assembling it. It's quite a different kind of modeling experience - for example, so far it's all push-fit and no glue! But some of it, like cleaning up sprue nubs etc, is very familiar territory.

The kit I'm working on is this one

MG Sinanji Stein Ver Ka

Excuse the weird purple flecks, my camera phone is messed up.

 The only thing is I'm terrified of painting it and making it look anything less than awesome :D  I've seen some really incredible ones online. The good news is there are lots of WIP and help articles online. This should be fun because I will stretch my painting skills a little bit to try and achieve new finishes, such as a metallic red or things like that. Colors and techniques I don't usually use when doing Warhammer or Warmachine models.  That said, with this guy I will probably end up playing it pretty safe :P

For what it's worth - I've never seen a Gundam cartoon or show. Although I did really enjoy Pacific Rim :)