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I build Gunpla as a hobby. I'm still learning a lot of tricks, but I figured it would be interesting to start one of these to keep track of my progress.

FM 1/100 BLR WIP 7: Leg day!

Aaaaand we’re back! I hope everyone is taking COVID-19 seriously and is staying safe for both themselves and vulnerable people out there. Since I’ve found myself with way more free time during the weekend and week, I’ve been really grinding away on my projects.

First up is the Miria Rex. The leg frames didn’t take too long to get done, makes me wonder why I waited so long to do them in the first place. Since doing those went so well I kept the momentum going:

Getting really really excited about this kit now- I’ve still gotta do the semi-gloss topcoat for the leg parts but as usual I am just too excited to see how it’s shaping up. I’ve got the feet parts up on skewers now for painting and I’ve drilled out holes for the feet parts that I accidentally ruined.

For those of you who don’t follow the twitter: I’m a dunce who, in the interest of getting the heel to stop falling off, glued it in place…which made it so the feet/ankles had zero rotation. Sigh.

So since I’m able to get model kits literally directly across the street from where I live, I figured it was a good time to try out Bluefin’s Replacement parts service. That was back on March 6th, so we’re still minimum 4 weeks or so away from seeing the replacement parts I ordered showing up. While it’s unfortunate, better nate than lever.

I also brainstormed the basic idea for the Ultra-Large mace…and I think y’all are gonna love it when it’s done. 😉 That’s all on the Barbatos for now.

This isn’t the only kit I’m working on though!

A friend asked if I’d build/paint a custom Moon Gundam for them and here we are- finished with a good chunk of the upper body! There’s still some touch up and tweaks to make on this kit but it’s coming along well and I’m excited to show off more of it.

Take care of yourselves til next time! Stay inside, wash your hands, and practice social distancing! Best of luck out there and be safe!

FM 1/100 BLR WIP 6: Upper body done!

Sat down and mostly finished up the backpack and tail blade this weekend.

I’ve still got to add the detail on that triangle..power symbol…thing that’s on the tail blade’s housing. You know the one, right? The same upside down triangle thing that’s on the knees. That thing. I’m going to hit it with a little bit of metallic blue to keep everything in line and that oughta do it for that detail!

With that, the upper body is wrapped up! Aside from the mace holding hands, anyway. I’m really excited to work on the legs now and finish the main body up. I might make a detour for the ultra large mace just to make sure I don’t run face first in to weapon fatigue.

The legs should look a lot more striking after changes are made to it and paint gets applied. I’m hoping that opening a few spots up will give the kit a flair that’s very unique to it-

They aren’t major changes but I am excited about them! It’ll show off some of the inner frame and expose the hose on the back of the leg more.

Til next time!

FM 1/100 BLR WIP 5: im a liar

Remember when I said I wasn’t going to do much about the too-dark shading on the left arm and waist?

Turns out I’m not actually okay with leaving something looking sub-standard which means I sucked it up and re-did these. It was actually super easy after realizing what I did wrong the first time. I took the base ghost grey and went over the whole part again lightly, mixed up and thinned more of the shading color and made sure to just make one light pass. Perfect! Much happier with all of these parts now. Gonna give them their panel line wash and semi-gloss topcoat tonight.

Test fit the legs and backpack together so I can figure out how I’m going to approach what’s left! For starters, I’m going to create some space on the upper thighs between the two armor halves so the frame shows through more.

I want to do something extra with the knee booster/armor section as well as the top of the knee but don’t know what exactly that would be yet, aside from adding an edge to give the parts a little more depth. The entire shin/knee armor is all one part there so with the way I’m looking at the kit right now my options are limited.

The backpack/tail blade holder is going to be nice and straightforward, just some seam line removal and then some masking to give the part a little more color so it pops and goes with the rest of the suit.

With any luck I’ll have something to show for this after this weekend! There’s still a long way to go with these parts now since they haven’t been touched at all so far.

Til next time!

FM 1/100 BLR WIP 4: Upper body shaded, tail blade!

We learned a few new lessons this weekend!

First and foremost, when you’re shading parts: do both sides at the same time. The shading on the left arm and waist came out significantly darker than the shading on the right arm, chest and head and there’s not much I’m going to do about it.

I’m hoping that after gloss coating the part and doing the panel line wash, some of the layers on the shading will come off and it’ll soften everything up. If it doesn’t I won’t be too bothered with it though; one of the goals for the revival of the blog and future builds is to accept and learn from mistakes and finish the kit anyway.

Next steps for these parts are to gloss coat, panel line wash and semi-matte topcoat to finish them up. I’m loving the kit so far in spite of it’s flaws! Even the FM kit itself is pretty pleasing to work on but that’s likely because the kit previous to this was the HiRM Wing Zero. I’m still going to take pictures of it, but still need to get the bootleg version to take some replacement parts from. No idea when I’ll get to that, maybe April/May? I want to improve my entire photography setup before taking pictures of it and the PG Perfefctibility.

Anyway, the leg+feet frame parts are already cutout and sanded with the armor parts also cut out. Once I’m done with the upper body parts it shouldn’t take long to move on to these parts and have the kit standing on it’s own soon!

The tail blade, oh BOY the tail blade turned out good. It’s solidified how I’m going to approach doing the ultra-large mace as well!

Unlike the other chrome parts, my lazy self did not sand this part with 2000-grit sandpaper first to make the surface nice and even and smooth. First I took my new file and gave the tail blade more of a blade, then went over the new edge with 180 grit sandpaper to mar it up. The though process here being that Miria would use the weapon more like a proper blade but the weapon maintains it’s crushing aspect as well.

After giving it the edge I primed the part with Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 and hit it with a GaiaNotes Ultimate Black. I applied the Mr. Color Super Metallic 2 Super Chrome (talk about a mouthful), didn’t like how the whole thing looked because as previously stated, I was a slacker and didn’t sand the whole part with sandpaper before painted.

A day or two later I took the painted part and ripped two strips of tail blade length masking tape off, covering the blade and hit the main body of the part with a thin layer of ultimate black. It already looked better after this and after hitting it with Mr. Metal Iron and taking the masking tape off the edge the look was complete! I can’t wait to do the rest of the backpack and housing for the tail blade now. The ultra-large mace will likely have a similar iron/chrome paintscheme with stings of candy blue and some silver drybrushing to add to the depth of the weapon.

Til next time! Hoping to maintain the ‘no zero days’ policy for gunpla that’s been keeping things chugging along so well around here.


FM1/100 BLR WIP 3: Highlighting? Postshading?

Finally sat down and got back to work on this kit after a full fun weekend visiting friends.

I initially wanted to paint the white armor parts with a Mr. Color 308 Light Ghost Gray FS36375 base coat and then preshade it with 332 Light Aircraft Gray, both semi-gloss colors. However after painting exactly one part I realized that the 332 aircraft gray straight up doesn’t work with the ghost gray in that application.

So instead of trying to preshade the parts, I took the ghost gray and added a splash of black to it and set to work postshading? highlighting? I forget which.

While it’s very obvious that it was my first try with these parts I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. It’s not perfect but overall I’m glad the aircraft gray didn’t work out and I wound up going with this instead. I think it looks a lot nicer. Now I need to gloss coat these parts so I can use Tamiya’s panel line accent on them and then I can finally flat coat and assemble the parts that I’ve finished so far! I’ll leave y’all with a teaser since I couldn’t help myself and put some of the head armor together to see how it’s looking so far.

The next few parts should be fun to finish and put together. Til next time!

FM 1/100 Barbatos Lupus Rex wip: Frame 2

There’s still a good degree of cleanup work to do on the frame but the groundwork is looking pretty good. I tried to practice preshading…post shading? highlighting? one of those three on the main parts of the frame. I started off by priming the part with Mr Finishing surfacer 1500, then going over the edges and countour areas of the part with Alclad II gunmetal. After that, I filled in the main parts of the frame with my usual Mr. Color 301 Dark Gray.

I think the end result works? I feel like the frame as I’ve finished it on this kit looks like it has a little more depth to it that other frames I’ve worked on in the past. You can also see the claws as I’ve gotten them done so far but let’s take a closer look at those:

I tried a few things with these parts. Some of them worked and some of them didn’t! I sharped the claws and that worked pretty well! The thumbs turned out a little short and I realized after painting them that there was some space under the backs of the claws that I coulda trimmed off too to make them look meaner.

Paint wise, the claws were also a testbed for new paints: Gaianotes Ultimate Black and Mr. Color super metallic 2 Super Chrome Silver 2. Both of those paints are a mouthful but the results are phenomenal. I’m a huge fan of both paints- the pigments and metal flakes respectively are finer or something that makes them spray and clean up much nicer. I used Mr. Color’s leveling thinner with both and can’t wait to experiment more with them. More Gaianotes metallics are absolutely coming in the future as well. Polishing the parts with 2000 grit sandpaper before painting them really helped the chrome finish turn out nicely as well.

What absolutely didn’t work is using liquid mask for the claws. I didn’t put enough of it down and as a result getting it off of the underside of the claws was miserable which caused a fair amount of damage to the underside of the hands and messed up paint abound. I also stupidly forgot to spray the chrome on the claws with Aclad II’s aquad gloss clearcoat to protect the chrome finish on the claws so I don’t really expect them to stay nice. I’ll probably redo them if they look bad by the end of everything.

Working on the outer armor for the sections I’ve got finished now so the next post will be “look, it looks like a gundam now” instead of gazing in awe at the chickenlegs of the frame.

Til next time!