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Re-painting my first Garage KitRe-painting my first Garage Kit

1esf1esfIl y a 2 ansDiary
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The garage kit 'Original Character - Horobinu Tenshi (Urokomon)' ITEM #234928 Has been one of two figures that top my favourites list, ever since I laid eyes on him (the other, if you're curious, is ITEM #13698. She got me into scale collecting.) I loved it so much, in fact, that I took the plunge and decided to paint my own. I was reasonably satisfied at first, but looking at it now, there are a lot of flaws that I am dissatisfied with. Alas, I love the sculpt so much that I decided to paint the figure again!

I ordered another cast of the figure, and it is here that the journey began. This blog will be very picture heavy, with side by side comparisons of the two figures. This version is my 7th garage kit, and I think I have improved a lot over the last year or so. I painted the first version in oil paint, but for this version, I used acrylic paint and chalk pastel for shading. Everything is hand painted. The following kit is a recast, so if this offends you, please click the 'home' button. Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoy!


The WIP Progress

Voir le spoilerCacher le spoilerRemoving tabs

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I used pliers and nail scissors for this. The smaller parts were extremely fragile and one of the shoe buckles broke during this process, but I glued it after and it was as good as new. I also pinned the pieces with my dremel drill.

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Some of the tabs and excess resin were really difficult to remove, as you can see in the fringe (bangs) area here!

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Ah, the memories. I forgot how difficult this kit was to build, and I remember more as the progress continues! First I bathed the kit for a few hours to remove any mold release. I then started to prime the pieces with Mr Surfacer 1200 White spray version.

MY FIRST PAINTJOB:
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For my very first version of this kit, I used a gray version of this primer, but I have found that white is easier for me personally.

Connection issues

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I needed to use putty on this section of hair to make the two pieces of hair connect perfectly. The original fitting wasn't great. Most other areas seemed okay, but I would later find the arms to be quite tricky.

MY FIRST VERSION:

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I thought pre-gluing the hair pieces before painting would make the kit easier... I was wrong. So very wrong.

Beginning to paint!

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After applying primer, I set about beginning to paint the pieces. I have learned that very thin applications of acrylic applied in layers gives the smoothest finish.

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First, I finished painting the shoes. It took me an entire film and an extra half an hour to complete these...It's amazing how quickly time flies when I'm doing this...

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I've seen loads of GK'ers out there use a special masking tape to cover areas whilst painting others, but I didn't have any of that tape on hand, so I tried this brown tape...(note: I wouldn't recommend this, as it stripped off some of the primer upon removal.)

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I decided to put some old childhood films on whilst working...here were have The Neverending Story!

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After applying the black I used gold for the details on the material. I use Winsor and Newton paints. I find painting details very satisfying.

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Painting the hair pieces took a very, very long time! I would say each piece has between 7-10 layers of thinly applied acrylic.

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The kit came with a piece of resin in the shape of a bow for the back of the top the character is wearing. However, the tabs on the piece were horrendous, and I figured it would be much easier for me to just use real wire and make my own ribbon piece. Here it is. I did the same for the first version I painted.

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I painted the facial detail whilst watching Howls Moving Castle. Now all I can think of when I look at this figure is Howl <3 I am very satisfied with how this came out.

MY FIRST PAINTJOB:

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I was happy with the face at the time, but looking back, I can really see how streaky the paint looks on the skintone. I am still quite pleased with how the eyes turned out, since it was my first garage kit, but overall I prefer my latest version much more.

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And all the pieces are painted! Woop!

MY FIRST PAINTJOB:

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I decided originally to pre-shade the wings to give them more depth (I did this with several layers of oil paint) but now I much prefer the simple, clean white appearance on the original photo of the model.

Painting the Base

I love the marbling that the background has in the stock image of this figure. I used this for inspiration and decided to make my base have this kind of painted effect. I watched a fantastic tutorial on youtube on how to create a marble effect with acrylics and a zip-lock bag, give it a watch here: www.youtube.com...

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Instead of the bag, I used a plastic wallet. I did a couple of trail attempts at first to make sure I didn't ruin my base. I squirted paint onto the base, squashed the plastic wallet flat down on top and manipulated the paint with my fingers through the wallet, removed the wallet and tipped the base on its sides to get a marble effect. I left it to dry overnight.

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And here we are! I later applied two layers of gloss varnish to the base.

Shading with Chalk Pastels

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With my first kit, I purely used the oil to blend and make shading, as oil paint has such a slow drying time. This, however, on top of my lack of experience in model painting, made the paint very streaky. I think I could paint it better now, but I have found the shading with chalk pastels gives a much smoother effect and is so much easier.

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You can really see the difference. That extra shading gives the flesh tone its life. If I had an airbrush I would shade with acrylic also, but since I only hand paint, I will continue to use chalk pastels only to shade.

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Look how flat the skin looks compared to after using the pastels.

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For shading the hair, I gave myself a lot of colour options, but I ended up using only the pink.

Assembling

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Now for the tricky part, this kit is so fragile that gluing it with my two part resin glue required a very steady hand. This leg connection was a little awkward to fit, and the material billows off the leg slightly in this position, but I think this looks like a natural effect of the wind.

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A glass of Prosecco and model-making is my ideal sunday night!

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I was stuck in this position for quite a while and was terrified that if I let go, all hell would break loose...

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Luckily, that coaster fit perfectly under the foot and provided balance overnight. The figure dried very well.


The Finished Figure
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When I begin the process of making a kit, I sometimes work so hard that I make myself ill... I get so absorbed in the process. I am very pleased with how this paint job has turned out.

I was originally going to have the base at a square angle, but though this diamond shape suited the movement of the figure.

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I am thrilled with how the base turned out. The process was so much fun to do, too!

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Comparsion of the two paint jobs

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MY SECOND TRY:
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MY FIRST PAINT JOB:
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MY SECOND TRY:
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MY FIRST PAINT JOB:
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MY SECOND TRY:
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I have painted the material much smoother this time.


Overall
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I'm not sure why I glued my first version at such a high-up angle. I didn't realize at the time how dark the skin tone was, too, and ideally I did want it to be paler like the original image. I prefer the vibrancy of the hair in my second paint job. Saying that, I prefer everything in my second version. I think my skills have developed and my paint jobs have become a lot cleaner and neater. In the first paint job, lots of small brush hairs can be seen stuck in the paint, and the skin is very streaky. I eliminated this in my second paint job. I also managed to capture shading in the skin tone with the chalk pastel technique.

The flowing material is very streaky also in my original paint job, whereas in my more recent version, the paint is much smoother. I did quite like the extra blood effects to the severed head in my first try, but I prefer the 'less is more' look to my second kit.

I glued the bottom piece of hair in the wrong place in my first attempt, which is why the hair is longer at the bottom in my second figure.

I haven't got a clue what to do with my first kit, but I shall be displaying my second in my glass cabinets, now that I am finished with it.

It makes me feel motivated that I can see an improvement in my work. What do you guys think? Have you yet to take the plunge into your first GK, or are any of you guys thinking about re-painting your first GK?

Thank you so much for looking at my blog post!
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1esf (Il y a 2 ans) #15590281Oh I see! The chalk dust stays in place as you blend it into the dried paint with a paintbrush. It sticks very well with the fixative I use, which is a spray :)


Okay. Thank you ^^

I was looking for a way to add shading and will see how that works out. ^^
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NemsEngelAceSasu (Il y a 2 ans) #15589925Lol sorry. I meant the sealer, with fixative you mean the same right?
Since the chalk is kinda dusty I was wondering if you spray the sealer on it, if it stays on position or if it will scatter.


Oh I see! The chalk dust stays in place as you blend it into the dried paint with a paintbrush. It sticks very well with the fixative I use, which is a spray :)
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1esf (Il y a 2 ans) #15579116I'm not sure what you mean by the first bit, but I used Winsor and Newton fixative :)

Lol sorry. I meant the sealer, with fixative you mean the same right?

Since the chalk is kinda dusty I was wondering if you spray the sealer on it, if it stays on position or if it will scatter.
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NemsEngelAceSasu (Il y a 2 ans) #15547448Can you just put the primes on them or would the dust fly away then? Or what kind of fixative did you use? :3

I'm not sure what you mean by the first bit, but I used Winsor and Newton fixative :)
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1esf (Il y a 2 ans) #15487060Thank you! I took the chalk to some sandpaper until I gathered enough chalk dust, then used a dry paintbrush to dab and blend the chalk powder onto the dry acrylic. I then set the chalk with fixative.

Can you just put the primes on them or would the dust fly away then? Or what kind of fixative did you use? :3
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Poyanyo (Il y a 2 ans) #15515370That is such a huge improvement! I love these kinds of blogs because it's sort of inspiring.
Thanks for sharing!


Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed my blog :)
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scabbot (Il y a 2 ans) #15514136Really nice job! ^^;
Personally, I started doing my first GK years ago and then went to grad school and never really had the time to pick it up again... and I know it will look hideous when I see it after all this time.
I’m just curious about one thing: since you use chalk pastels for shading, do you every worry about the color rubbing off? Have you ever clearcoated or used any kind of fixative to keep them in place?
Thanks for the detailed post!


Thanks so much! I use the Winsor and Newton fixative, it comes in a spray form and sets the chalk pastels nicely. The only thing i'm not 100% keen on is sometimes it can give the pieces a bit of a sheen, its not too intense though. I'd like to experiment with a new fixative sometime in the future :)
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ponnie (Il y a 2 ans) #15510348This hobby is sure expensive! I remember that for a couple of years I was lurking and looking at all those garage kits and thinking how I didn't have any spare cash for all the tools and paints.. Then I found out I can paint with just a brush and it will look good if I thin my paint right. Took me quite long to get all the basic stuff.
Then I got all grown-up and found a really good job and this year sometime before my birthday I decided I should treat myself and upgrade to an airbrush. But it's such a money pit, omg. It's not just airbrush (athough the most expensive of all) - it's compressor + hose + cleaning tools + cleaning liquids + paints + thinners + varnishes + primers + cleaning jar + holders + spray booth + protective masks and gloves... and then you realize you need proper ventilation to work with laquer paints and thinners (they stink HARD) and have to move your set up to a balcony which seems perfect for a small setup - but it's now open and while it's open you can't really work there living in Siberia because it's already winter (no fall here this time!) and you have to seal the balcony and make it closed and that's a whole new hassle budget-wise...
I almost wish I stuck to brushes when I got that great idea of buying an airbrush. Just kidding. It's real fun, and totally doable without at least half the things I mentioned above - just takes time for the air to clean up and smell nice again after you finish :3


Wow that sounds intense! I bet its worth it after the final product is finished and painted though :) I live in the UK and it's alwaaays cold and raining here! I will look forward to seeing any future blogs you post :)
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That is such a huge improvement! I love these kinds of blogs because it's sort of inspiring.

Thanks for sharing!
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Really nice job! ^^;

Personally, I started doing my first GK years ago and then went to grad school and never really had the time to pick it up again... and I know it will look hideous when I see it after all this time.

I’m just curious about one thing: since you use chalk pastels for shading, do you every worry about the color rubbing off? Have you ever clearcoated or used any kind of fixative to keep them in place?

Thanks for the detailed post!
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