This is the first time I’m painting a large-scaled head. The results aren’t great (the irises aren’t the same size) but I think it’s quite OK for a first effort. Plus it will be hidden under a helmet and behind a visor. Everything was done by handpainting and filtered with washes.
Next up decals. I went easy on the markings after a round of gloss coat on the kit. The fitting of the kit isn’t great with big seamlines everywhere (to be fair, the original mold is from the 1980s) but the decals went on very nicely and reacted very well with Mark Softer.
I then added chipping by slowly handpainting with Game Color Black, Mig AMMO Medium Gunship Gray and Vallejo Light Gull Gray. I tried my best to be random about the chipping. Not sure I really pulled it off though.
Then I added washes and filter using Vallejo Black Model Wash. It doesn’t flow as well as an oil paint wash but it turned out OK for this build.
I then added some dusting on the feet and hands using Tamiya Weather Masters but the effect was toned down after a coat of matt varnish to seal everything up.
Final assembly is next with the visor and helmet and doing up a base.
Yep… it’s inevitable that Bandai would release this. It’s also inevitable that it’s going to be a P=Bandai exclusive. Looks like it will include a lot of weapons options and the new shield as it appeared in the Sega Dreamcast Game ‘Rise from the Ashes‘.
It’ll come in at 4,104 JPY in March. More pics on Tag hobby.
I thought I should get as much figure painting practice as I can so I decided to paint up this 1/72 pilot figure from Hasegawa to use as size comparison for my future builds.
Colors I used:
I then made a clear base made out of a blister pack. The figure is glued with white glue to the base which will dry transparent.
I think I’ll try to get a 1/72 scale WW2 figure painted too. Oh and also their 1/48 counterparts. Looks like much more practise ahead.
So I was a lot more active in updating the site in 2016. But it’s for one obvious reasons I just built more models. Still, it’s interesting to see the growth the site has seen. Some facts from 2016:
Towards the end of 2016, I debated adding a RocketPunch Facebook page to run parallel with this site. For one thing I think it would drive more traffic to this site and since it’s a lot easier to update, I’d have more content up. I ended up scuttling that idea because I didn’t really want to have to add more sites to update. Also, I think I’ll end up updating the Facebook page and start to ignore this one (I’ve seen it happen often). Lastly, the plan is never to start monetizing this site anyway and I’m happy the way it is.
So looking at ahead at 2017, I hope the updates continue in a more or less consistent basis but this will of course, depend on whether I can keep up with building like I did last year.
12 is definitely a huge milestone for me as I’ve never ever completed more than 4 in a year. I hope I can build on this and perhaps get more builds done. Then perhaps the mountain that is my stash will finally start to lower? 😀
That being said, I could have probably finished more since my last build was the F-14B in October. But a few things happened: 2 of my airbrushes started going wonky, I did some traveling with the family, work piled up, I fell sick a few times and most importantly, my son has started building model kits and my focus went there.
This year was a year of a few firsts:
In the new year, I hope to:
So which one is my favorite build of 2016? I’d have to say the VF-102 F-14B but the Snowspeeder was the most problem-free and for the first kit I’ve ever severely weathered, it didn’t turn out half bad.
And that’s it! To more finished kits and less last minute disasters, bring on 2017!
Painting begins with an overall base of black primer.
White primer is next for highlights. This gives it a look of being hit by the Sun overhead.
Then a few light coats of the main color with Vallejo Game Color Stonewall Grey.
I then added some freehand camo with Vallejo Game Air Sombre Grey.
Last on is Vallejo Game Air Gold Yellow on the left shoulder.
Handpainting the details will be next followed by weathering. Not sure how much of that I’ll be doing yet though.
Don't mind the missing images on old posts. My server had to be rebooted and I pretty much lost a ton of content.