Starting the work on components from the Gundam itself for MG Force Impulse Gundam. ^^
"Consistent" with the "tradition" of Master Grade designs from "Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny", ^^ all the parts - from either the inner frame or armors have tons of mechanical details, which are very elaborate, with their functions totally up to your imagination too. XD
Starting with the legs first:
Painted the little tubes on the thigh joints in gold and silver using Gundam Marker and Pilot Marker respectively.
The design really reminds me of the same component as seen on MG Destiny Gundam. ^^
Hydraulic pipe sets are painted using Gundam Marker Gold and silver Zebra marker.
Gold and silver as usual. ^^
Added gray for the thrusters beneath the feet using Gundam Marker.
To be consistent with the backpack thruster (Part 3) and backpack adapter (Part 7), the inner wall of the thrusters on the calf are painted red as well, using Gundam Marker.
Another two parts that remind me of MG Destiny Gundam - the knee armors that have some area to be exposed when the parts split up.
Unlike MG Destiny Gundam, which didn't show that component to be painted, the split area is set to be in gray for Force Impulse Gundam, as shown on the box side intro of the kit and in the manual, so there's not much pondering necessary for the task. ^^
Painted gray using Gundam Marker.
Corresponding area behind the armors is not painted though, since it's right next to the joint (making it really difficult to paint in whichever way ^^;).
And this is how the split area would look like when the knee is bent.
The paint work makes it looks like there's some mechanical component beneath the knee armors, even though it's just one white part sliding out from the other one. ^^
All the other non-repetitive parts for the left leg.
Just simple panel lining for the inner frame and armor parts.
The split between the thigh armors are painted in gray using Gundam Marker to highlight the moving parts.
Simple panel lining for all the white armor parts.
(Left) Crazy details behind the ankle guard parts, ^^
(Right) Just panel lined a set of line details near the opening of the leg armors, since they may be exposed in MA mode. The rest of the details behind the parts are omitted.
And repeat all the work for the other leg. ^^
I like the connection of some of the design with MG Destiny Gundam, since Force Impulse Gundam is somewhat like the predecessor unit to that Gundam in "Gundam SEED Destiny", at least in terms of show appearance. You can somewhat get the feeling of, "Yeah, the design works on Force Impulse Gundam, so they inherited it onto Destiny Gundam." when you look at the details, even though technically, MG Destiny Gundam was released before Force Impulse Gundam. ^^
More of such connection to be seen in the main inner frame parts for the legs in the next posting. ^^