Minor/Repaint: Alt Mirage, paint touch ups and a little more

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  1. Pun-3X

    Pun-3X Well-Known Member

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    First off, I love the toy. Definitely a great choice in a car for Mirage.

    Besides the obvious problem with the chestplate in bot mode, I think my biggest gripe with this guy is that his color pallette is kinda plain. His robot form is too dark--the deep sea blue and ash black just blend together, so you don't see much difference. So I decided to touch him up and make him look interesting.

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    First, I painted those side panels in white to help break up the monotony of his chest. (Heh, and I've been able to get the chest to fit between those panels just right lately. I think it's wearing into it) I also painted the trim under the seats just to create a little extra white lining. I think it looks good that way.

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    The other thing about him was his 'ribs/abs.' I liked the style in the molding, but it all blends together again. Then he has the hood/chest plating on top of it, so you really can't see the detail. I think the silver helps bring it out, even though it's still covered.

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    I also added some silver trim on certain parts here and there along his legs and chest. Some parts only show on his legs in bot mode, but most of it is better seen underneath the car mode.

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    Pipes and random parts I chose to paint. These pics also show me how I need better lighting in my room. My camera pics up spots that I missed better than I can. (mostly in the leg pic)

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    Here, you can see the 'ribs' when Mirage is in car mode. It actually looks pretty nice this way, and I was happy to see I didn't take away from one look to improve on the other.

    With the basics all done, I decided to have a little more fun with him:

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    I decided that the look under the hood was dull. Most of the add-ons are either painted parts already molded in or stickers I added. However, I did add a couple of pieces to make it stand out more.

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    You can see them better here. I had to cut down the back of the vent piece so that the hood would close properly. There's also one of those joint-based O-rings for Gundam model limbs. Painted it silver and tacked it on as some random piece that probably does something important. :wink: 

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    Having more fun here. I like to mix the genres sometimes. That, and I haven't really made any 'Doc' Alternators.

    Well, tell me what you think. :) 
     
  2. Gears

    Gears buh-buh-body ya Veteran

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    Very nice!
     
  3. Megatronwp38

    Megatronwp38 Nobody defeats the DEVASTATOR!

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    Nice man. really adds to him.
     
  4. DavidLoPan

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    Looks great. Nice touch ups!
     
  5. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Pun, man you really make your bots rock! This is very nice! Just when I thought Mirage couldn't look better . . . .

    Nice!
     
  6. Razerwire

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    That looks fantastic...
     
  7. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Those changes make him very unique. I like the little touch-ups. Good work, man!
     
  8. Darthbetta

    Darthbetta Chef of Destruction !

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    nice. I plan on modifying mine a bit too when I open it :) 
     
  9. Mixmaster

    Mixmaster Chewbacca's chiropractor

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    The painting of the chest side panels and the abs makes your Mirage look really distinctive. I think that the detail especially to the underside of the car you've added is well judged also.
     
  10. Golgo-013

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    Nice details! Looks good!
     
  11. Orodruin

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    Looks great! A little trim does so much.
     
  12. Dark_Convoy

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    Looks terrific, you should also paint the strut that covers the engine (under the back windows) silver like it is on the real car, I got a close up look at a real Ford Gt about a week ago and noticed that...

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  13. DarkAngelPrime

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    These kind of things always make me feel bad because I don't have the inclination or skill to improve my toys in this way, so I feel bad knowing how much better they could look.

    That is really slick. Good work.
     
  14. My03Tundra

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    AWESOME!

    For my Mirage, I painted his engine silver and black to make it look more "realistic" and more like an engine.

    I love the subtle touches you gave to the coolest Alternator in the whole line.
     
  15. Pun-3X

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    Thanks guys. Glad the improvements came out the way they did. Some of the silver bits need some touching up still, but it all works well.

    D_C: that's a good idea. Thanks for the pic there. I think I'll do just that with the struts. Don't know about painting the engine yet, if only because it forms his gun. That piece will get a lot of playwear, so I'll have to wait and see what I decide.

    I've always been a fan of the subtle things in a project. From these kitbashes, to movie scenes or whatever. It's funny how the little things can really bring out something. :) 
     
  16. REDLINE

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    Razerwire painted the white bits on the top of his engine silver, so that his gun isnt' only silver in one place, and I've not heard him complain about wear.
     
  17. Brave Magnus

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    That's it, I'm gonna buy Alt.Mirage. XD
    Nice work.
     
  18. Grimlock_13

    Grimlock_13 Rattrap Teabag

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    Very nice....that really brings out all the nondescript detailing on the toy. Great work.
     
  19. zailand

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    Im so lovin those details. I love details, the abs , the ribs. Additional colors enhanced his personality. Yor Mirage got da style dude! Great Job, very sharp!!
     

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