Decided to try reassembling him tonight just to see how he's looking with the metallic sections painted. You can see his white areas are generally just messy right now. The idea will be to mask off the metals and paint the blacks/colors, then mask those and paint the white areas. Then decals and finishing work.
I'm finding Gunpla a bit vexxing in the sense that I'm struggling with the fact that these models MOVE lol. Every time I move something, paint gets scuffed/scratched. Even after some gloss coating and what I thought was long curing periods. I'm still not sure what to do about it to be honest. The obvious answer is "don't move him" etc. But it's not realistic and kinda goes against the whole vibe of this hobby and these kits. For example, the bazooka in his right hand - that barrel collapses into the weapon. But when I did that, the metal on the barrel got a scratch along it.