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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paints


Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

I wanted to do a quick project that would help me focus on painting and weathering so I decided to pull out an old unfinished project and crafted a quick base using styrene. As I've said in my previous post HERE, I am trying to improve my bases and the overall presentation of my builds. I want my build to look like sculptures.

I basically used my old 1/48 Zaku and removed most of it's limbs. I will need to detail up and add battle damage effects on the kit before painting. But painting and weathering of this project should be fun as I am working on a 1/48 scale. Meaning rust streaks and paint and armor chippings are very much visible unlike on 1/100 kits.

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

After setting up the pose of the limb-less kit, I then started painting the ground work. As is obvious with the photos above, the ground work and the whole base is made entirely of styrene. I used PU reducer to melt all those styrene chips together.

I am using the paints to create rough texture and not "paint" the ground work. After the modifications on the kit, I will be re-priming the whole thing using Vallejo Surface Primer ( Black ). I want to show everyone how I quickly added texture to the smooth surface of the styrene ground work with paints. I left this curing earlier today and should be nice and hard once I get home from work.

I basically hand brushed 2 coats of Vallejo Grey Primer. It surprisingly dried after around 30 minutes and dried smooth. Weird as I was not careful and just applied the primer thickly. Apparently the Grey primer has some sort of self-leveling properties.

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

I think but I am not sure, the Vallejo Acrylic Studio are the cheapest paints from Vallejo. This huge bottle only costs around 8 small bottles of Vallejo Model Color. Such a bargain for a paint this much. I was expecting lesser quality in terms of opacity from this paint. However the photos shows just a couple of coats which reveals that it is very opaque! Pretty high pigment count for it's price range.

I do think lighter colors of the Vallejo Acrylic Studio are not as opaque. As lighter colors tend to be more transparent and requires more coats of paint to fully cover the surface.

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

I did not let the Vallejo Acrylic Studio to dry at all... I immediately dabbed some Vallejo texture paint ( Oxid Paste ) to the surface. Resulting to some blending of textures and colors. I honestly need some Vallejo Black Lava texture paints as that paint has heavier or has a rougher texture. Adding a bit of Black Lava paint should give more variation to the texture.

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

This will dry to a nice rubbery - plasticky material and once you dabbed more paint or texture paint, you will be producing a rougher texture. The textures shown on the photo were hand painted on a very smooth ( primed ) styrene ground work. So painting over this surface should produce a rougher texture.

I then need to modify the kit and add battle damaged effects soon. Once I finished working on the kit, I could then re-prime the whole piece and start the actual painting. As I've said, I used the paints above to create the basic texture of the ground work and not to paint the kit. Stay tuned and you'll see updates of the results soon!

Last tip with dabbing paints and using texture paints... make sure you use really old OR really cheap brushes as texture paints ( much more dabbing texture paints ) will ruin your brushes. Ruins brushes much more than dry-brushing actually.

Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! Just enjoy the hobby! :)

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto

Full Styrene Custom Base and Texturing with Paintsphoto
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Monday, December 15, 2014

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liao


HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto

All photos taken from our Team Nexus Website

This  HGUC Gerbera Tetra was modeled by Zeon Liao of Team Nexus Taiwan
HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Zeon Liaophoto
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Megasize Zaku II modeled by G-Cool Studio


Megasize Zaku II modeled by G-Cool Studiophoto

All photos taken from our Team Nexus Website

This  1/48 Megasize Zaku II was modeled by G-Cool Studio of Team Nexus Japan
Megasize Zaku II modeled by G-Cool Studiophoto

Megasize Zaku II modeled by G-Cool Studiophoto

Megasize Zaku II modeled by G-Cool Studiophoto

Megasize Zaku II modeled by G-Cool Studiophoto

Megasize Zaku II modeled by G-Cool Studiophoto

Megasize Zaku II modeled by G-Cool Studiophoto
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Presentation is Everything... Improving my Gunpla Dioramas


Improving your Gunpla Dioramasphoto

I love dioramas so much I always tend to focus on working on them most of the time. Although I just make complex bases ( not considered as dioramas by some if it does not convey a story ), but the bottom line is that I enjoy working on the bases sometimes a bit more than the actual kits themselves.

I am looking to improve the bases ( or frames ) of my dioramas this year... Most of my older builds have lousy made bases as you can see HERE, HERE and HERE.

I have been away from Gunpla and worked on some minis the past couple of years, thus I am so influenced by the super talented painters of the miniature world. Unlike Gunpla, where you could get away with basic skills and airbrushing... Miniature painting ( and of course sculpting ) is done by top level talented artists.

As it is obvious with my choice of medium and paints, I am greatly influenced by the miniature painting world. Thus moving forward I will be focusing on creating and presenting my dioramas the same way top level miniature artists present their work.


There are so many ways of presenting your plastic pose-able robots. Personally, I like my Gunpla to look like serious sculptures. I like my future builds to look like well made sculptures on bases ( story or NOT ). All of my bases or dioramas will be presented the same way the top level artists and diorama makers of the miniature world present theirs.Wish me luck... and I hope you find your own style as well.

Improving your Gunpla Dioramasphoto

Improving your Gunpla Dioramasphoto

Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! Just enjoy the hobby. :)
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MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studio


MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto

All photos taken from our Team Nexus Website

This  MG Geara Doga was modeled by  Mennie Studio of Team Nexus Thailand

MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto

MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto

MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto

MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto

MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto

MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto

MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto

MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto

MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto

MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto

MG Geara Doga modeled by Mennie Studiophoto
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Best ACRYLIC paints in the market!


Best Acrylic paints in the market that is so easy to access! You could get them at any Deovir shops ( SM North, SM Megamall ) and come in the widest range of colors!

Hand Painting is so easy, It's like cheating! - @_syrup_

Vallejos have been used by so many established high level modelers and miniature painters around the world. They  have super high pigment counts, dries to a smooth very matte finish and are non toxic! I use them for hand painting and airbrush painting and they smell like a freshly picked rose in your garden (lol)! 


Paints are investments for any modeler and they do not come cheap! So why invest ( or experiment ) on other acrylic paints that are not easy to access and have very little range of colors? Some acrylic paints are almost impossible to hand paint and some are a pain in the arse for airbrush use.

Vallejos have so many different types of paint... they have Model Color, Model Air, Panzer Aces, Game Color, Game Ink, Game Air, Pigments, Varnishes and so much more. 

Unlike popular belief that acrylic paints are weaker than lacquer paints... well, experiment on a piece of plastic (primed piece of plastic), paint with any Vallejo paint, give a nice coat of varnish and let fully cure for a few weeks... voila! hard as an eggshell paint that holds its brilliance through time. Hey, miniature painters use these paints and they handle there minis during play very often, so why doubt the durability of these paints?

Anyways as I've said, paints are investments ( try not to waste money on unproven acrylic paints guys ). So I will try to explain as briefly and clearly all the Vallejo paints that I am using. 

First of all, all Vallejo paints are non-toxic, durable, brilliant, has high pigment count, self -leveling, AB friendly ( use Vallejo airbrush thinner and cleaner ), water soluble and yet water proof and dries to a very smooth and thin finish!

Below I will breakdown the kinds of Valllejo paints that I have been using for so many years now...

MODEL COLOR

Model Color is the flagship range of Vallejo. It has a whopping 218 colors! The high pigment count is perfect for hand painting and are formulated for general modeler use. You could use these paints for airbrushing aswell. Dillute to as low as 2:10 paint to water ratio, put a couple of drops of Vallejo airbrush thinner ( yes, just a couple to 4 drops of Vallejo thinner for a smoother more flowy consistency ), mix well then airbrush almost like Model Air!

MODEL AIR

Model Air is specially formulated for airbrush use. The pigments are microscopic for better coverage and smoother airbrush friendly consistency. High pigment count means you could go as low as 3:10 paint to water ratio for some colors of this range. Contains resin for a very durable, hard and resilient finish ( even without varnish ).

PANZER ACES

Panzer Aces comes in 48 colors and has the same formulation and properties of Model Color. The Panzer Aces range was specially designed by Panzer Aces Magazine for ease of painting the uniforms, vehicles, camo patterns and even fleshtones of World War II model kits. 

GAME COLOR

The most durable, resilient and almost impossibly strong Game Color! The Game Color contains a special resin as these paints were designed for use with fatasy miniature models. The range has super bright matte finishes and the colors are so brilliant and resistant to scratches. These paints are even designed to adhere to both plastic and metal! Unbelievable high pigment count makes it seem magical during hand painting.


That is about it guys! I might put up another post regarding the wide range of Vallejo washes, effects paints, texture paints, and varnishes... but hopefully this post is helpful to people who are looking to invest on modeling paints.

I highly recommend these Vallejo acrylic paints so much, experiment on other acrylic paints for hand painting and airbrushing on your own peril ( lol ). I use these kinds of paints together, you could all use them for both hand painting and airbrushing ( just use Vallejo airbrush thinner and cleaner as stated above ). Great stuff guys! I have been using them for years and excited once I reach a decade of using them! 

Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! just enjoy the hobby!
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