Wednesday, March 14, 2012

BB Senshi Sangokuden Kibutei Sousou Gundam, Joko Serpent, Sohi Gundam Set Part 2

A shiny beginning

Starting to work on the bundled set of BB Senshi Sangokuden Kibutei Sousou Gundam, Joko Serpent and Sohi Gundam after the introduction in the previous posting. ^^

The glossy molded color of all the parts is a very interesting "variable" to the entire paint work, especially the given parts that are molded in very bright and shiny gold, and others that require paint work to realize that color. For the earlier, I really like that color. ^^ Even though there's no metallic feel to that molded color, it certainly feels unnecessary to repaint them into another shade of gold anymore. However, for not painting those parts, what sort of gold paint could be used on other parts to match that bright shiny shade of gold then? ^^;

That question was on my mind for a while before I start working on this kit. My answer to it will be shown in the paint work for some of the parts below. ^^

Certain stripes on the edge of Sohi Gundam's wings have to be painted gold.

"Certain stripes" which can be observed on the completed model shown on the box side.
It's not that easy to identify every detail, but the sketchy information should be enough for the paint work to start. ^^

Hand painted all the identified stripes on the two wing parts.

Bottle paint used for the paint work is Gaia Color 124 Star Bright Brass.
While it's a metallic color, its brightness seems the closest to the molded gold color of this kit. ^^ However, comparing between the different shades of gold in this Gaia Color series, I like the darker 122 Star Bright Gold instead, which isn't that suitable to be for this paint work. ^^

To avoid hurting the glossy nature of the parts, excessive paint is not scratched off using knife - the usual and more convenient method for me (^^;), but swiped off using cotton swap with thinner instead.

With panel lines added. ^^

Those awesome molded details behind the wings are going to be even more bombastic if given the Kirahagane Gokusai (輝羅鋼極彩) treatment I imagine, like the crazy wings of Kishin Daishogun Shiryuo. ^^

As mentioned before, all other parts molded in gold are not going to be painted over with a different shade of gold anymore.

The "jewel" in the middle of Sohi Gundam's V-Fin is painted with Gundam Marker Metallic Red from BB Senshi Sangokuden set.

Those red curvy sunken areas on the shoulder armors might seem pretty complicated, but the paint work on them can be simplified. ^^

(Left) Painted the sunken areas using the tip of Gundam Marker Metallic Red.
(Right) Excessive paint around curves are wiped away using cotton swap with thinner, and that's it. ^^

With panel lines added.
The painted sunken areas are not panel lined to preserve the sharp look of those curves. ^^

Moving on painting the one-piece sword of Sousou Gundam.

As seen on the completed model shown on the box side, the sword's color scheme is a combination of gold and silver.

(Left) Panel lined the part to identify the border between the two colors.
(Right) Painted the tip and back of the sword using Gaia Color 124 Star Bright Brass.

Painted the blade portion silver using Mr. Hobby's Mr. Metallic Color Silver.

With panel lines added when the paint has dried.

All those diamonds on Joko Serpent's wings and tail are in red as seen on the completed model shown on the box side.

Painted the targeted areas using Gundam Marker Metallic Red, and then panel lined when the paint has dried.

Just simple panel lining for the other two wing parts with no paint work required. ^^

The stripes around Joko Serpent's shoulder armors must be painted gold as well.

Painted the stripes using Gaia Color 124 Star Bright Brass.
More layers of paint is required it seems, as the blue base color is still visible on some of the painted areas. ^^;

The narrow sides and part of the rear face are also painted to ensure that everything related to the stripes in front are covered on the four parts.

With panel lines added when the paint has dried.

(Left) The two blades on the shoulder armors are to be painted in silver.
(Right) To ease the paint work later on, all edges of the blades are painted using Pilot Super Color Silver Extra Fine first. The fine tip of that marker is more useful in dealing with tight spot without leaving any uneven brush mark. ^^

(Left) With the edges of the blades taken care of, just a few paint swipes of Mr. Hobby's Mr. Metallic Color Silver and the work is done. ^^
(Right) With panel lines added to the parts.
The blades' bases are not painted silver according to the box side image as I prefer the feel of the blades "poking" out from the base instead of having both parts being of the same component.

The elbow areas of Joko Serpent are painted gold using Gundam Marker.
The darker shade of paint is immediately distinguishable from the bright shiny type of Gaia Color 124 Star Bright Brass. ^^;

With panel lines added.
Gundam Marker Gold can be still be used for this kit I think, but that's more for the convenience of usage on smaller parts rather than the paint outcome. ^^;

Joko Serpent's muffler is in light blue as seen on the completed model shown on the box side.
The entire Gundam Marker Light Blue I normally used for the GN Stripes on my "Gundam Double O" kits might be depleted right away if used on this part. ^^; It's definitely not an "economical" choice for this work. ^^;

To get the color, I use a mixture of Mr. Color 323 Light Blue Gloss and 1 White Gloss.
Mr. Color 323 Light Blue Gloss was bought supposedly as a substitute for Gundam Marker on my "Gundam Double O" kits before I find the color to be too dark. ^^;

Painted several layers on the muffler to cover up the blue base color.

Panel lines added when the paint has dried.

With three BB Senshi Sangokuden kits going on at the same time, the path to the entire work's completion is still quite a long one. ^^;

More parts to be painted and panel lined coming up in the next posting. ^^

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