Wednesday, May 23, 2012

BB Senshi Sangokuden Gotaitei Sonken Gundam Korinpaku Part 3

Bad move in panel lining

The paint work shown in the previous posting would seem like easy stuff when compared to this round of work. ^^;

As introduced in Part 1, the armor set inherited by Sonken Gundam from his father is called Armor of Byako (白虎の鎧) - Armor of the White Tiger. However, in this model kit, all the Armor of Byako parts are not white, except for the chest, leg and helmet. ^^;

Completely black parts for all the skirt and shoulder armors.

The shoulder plates are molded in gold (from Runner B) even though only the lower edges of the armors are supposedly in that color.

The box side images are used as references to the armor's colors.
Plenty of white-on-black paint work to be expected. ^^;

The sunken areas on the 10 mentioned parts are painted white using White Surfacer from Mr. Hobby.

Closeups on the painted parts.

Excessive paint that spilled onto the stripe portion of the armor pieces are cleaned off using cotton swap soaked with paint thinner. I did use knife for this task, but only for areas not reachable by the cotton swap.

Done for the shoulder and side skirt armors.

Panel lined the shoulder armor parts, which turns out to be not a good idea at all as the lines take away the stripes' sharpness and makes the white area seemed rather limited in coverage space. ^^;

Learning the mistakes from panel lining the shoulder armors, no panel lining is applied to all the border between the the sunken white areas and the black edges.

(Left) The top and bottom portions of the front skirt armor part is painted gold using Gundam Marker.
(Right) The rear face of the area painted gold on the front skirt armor is covered as well.

(Left) For the shoulder plates parts, panel lines had to be drawn to define the border between the white area and the edges to be painted in black.
(Right) The bottom portion of the armors are painted gold using Gundam Marker first.

The edges and rear face of the armors are hand painted using Gaia Color 022 Semi Gloss Black.

Spilled over paint on the edges of the parts.

The excessive paint is cleaned off using cotton swap soaked with paint thinner.
The work must be done carefully though, because the paint thinner also dissolve Gundam Marker paint.

Done for the shoulder plates. ^^

Test fitting the shoulder plates with the tiger emblems shown in the previous posting to see how the armor would turn out when assembled. ^^

The chest plate's paint work is going to be really easy as compared to the 10 parts completed just on. XD
The chest vents shown with panel lines in the right image are just two of the areas to be painted.

(Left) The chest vents along with the "V" mark near the neck area are painted gold using Gundam Marker.
(Right) The abdomen area is painted using Gundam Marker Metallic Blue from BB Senshi Sangokuden set.

Done for the chest armor. ^^

(Left) For the frontal body part, the interior of the vents is painted using normal panel liner. The rows of diamond-shaped patterns on top the chest is panel lined using Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black) to minimize the appearance of black lines on the part.
(Right) The chest area is painted red using Gundam Marker and whiteboard marker paint.

With excessive red paint scratched away using a knife, the work on the body part is done. ^^

Just panel lining for the rear body, muffler and wing parts.

To enhance the appearance of the armor pieces behind the red wing parts, their interior is painted black using whiteboard marker ink.

Panel lining for the two armor parts which are clearly modeled from GP01-Fb's Full Vernian backpack thruster. ^^

The emperor of Gou seems to be showing its authority with tons of hard-to-paint parts. ^^; This is also the first occasion where panel lining painted parts, which I always do, doesn't work well on the targeted parts. It's not the same as MG Unicorn Gundam Ver. Ka, since none of the white armor parts on that kit was painted, and I did decide not to panel line any of those parts from the get-go. After seeing how panel lining the white areas is actually making them look worse on the shoulder armors, I decided not to follow my old way in having everything panel lined anymore, and I think the skirt armors look better with the painted areas remain as they are after all excessive paint is cleaned off. ^^

Smooth and easy sailing on other parts next? I certainly hope so. ^^

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