Minor/Repaint: "Today, we take the battle to THEM."

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  1. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, been a while since I put up a finished project up for everyone. This is the OP model kit from the the Japanese Dark of the Moon line. I loved the kit out of the box, as I like gundam models, and this is pretty much the best representation of Movie OP there is.. Seeing how it doesn't transform it's not restricted by any parts placement issues, not that the leader prime has many to begin with, lol.

    So, I started off by actually building the kit (SO TIME CONSUMING!!!). I wanted to see if I actually wanted to paint it, or simply add some touch-ups to it. I really could have gotten away with just the touch-ups, but I decided to paint it anyway. I wanted the blue to have the metallic paint on it, and the yellow to red fade to be more subtle than what's on the kit.

    The blue is Tamiya's blue covered with their racing blue metallic over it. The red on the fenders and upper body is testors emamel guards red, and the fade is turn signal amber enamel also from testors. All solid steel and gold colored parts are the testors metalizers steel and brass. The thigh armor is the metalizer's magnesium, just not buffed down, which gives it more of a dark steel, which I really liked a lot. Finally, the entire inner frame of the kit was sprayed with Games Workshop's Gunbolt Metal.

    Once everything was base coated, I went into details and such. not the easiest of kits to detail.. Especially the chipping.. I think I may have spent about 3 hours per limb and torso (I'm new to the method I went with, so it was a learning process for me as well.). the drum brakes on the ankles and a couple details on the waist area were painted in a black green color, and the little armor pieces that come off of the inner leg around the ankle is a mix of red and orange (came out pretty good if I do say so myself). The knuckles and some inner frame details were painted in a copper/gold enamel mix (which came out more copper than I wanted..).

    I'm still debating if I should black wash this guy or not, so if you have suggestions on that then feel free to comment on it. Anyway, I know i didn't take any picture of him with his face plate panel, but I didn't feel like taking his head apart to swap them out . I was outside taking the pics, and I didn't want to lose either face plate. But The battle mask face is painted as well. OH! THE FACES!! Almost forgot about those beady little eyes of his.. creepy, VERY CREEPY!!! BUT!! I removed the clear pieces from the face plates, painted the pupils white, and the "sockets" in flat sky blue. Came out pretty good I think.

    And lastly are the blades... ugh, first time I've done anything like it, what with, fades, and low pressures in the airbrush, and... yea, small scale is not fun to paint fast drying paints with.. Anyway, all shades on the blades (HA! That rhymed.) are custom mixed, and I couldn't even tell you with what ratios. I know There's orange/red at it's darkest, and the lightest on the edges are a yellow/white, white/yellow, something of that nature, lol. Edges were then dry brushed withe semi-gloss white. Anyway, I'm hoping that's enough of my ramblings for the time being. ONTO PICTURES!
     

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  2. Megatron118

    Megatron118 I <3 Linkin Park

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    That looks awesome! I probably won't paint the entire figure, but good idea with the eyes. I thought I was the only one who was creeped out by those
     
  3. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    Lol, trust me, I tried so many different ways of painting the eyes, I just couldn't figure any other way to paint them up like this.
     
  4. Gjinrai808

    Gjinrai808 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome custom finish on this model! Schwweet approach and technique on the eyes! Cheers!
     
  5. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Gjinrai808!!
     
  6. nemesisconvoy

    nemesisconvoy Gundam Pilot

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    I love the work. I would love to have one but im not sure i'm willing to pay 2 to 300 dollars for one.
     
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    awesome paint job and modeling!!!! I am going to make mine in the future.
     
  8. prime326

    prime326 Autobot Leader

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    That model looks so amazing with that paint job. Great work.
     
  9. Megatron31

    Megatron31 I Belong to Nobody! TFW2005 Supporter

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    gorgeous man, on a side note did you ever find an image of the weapon you wanted?
     
  10. john bee prime

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    awesome job!
    how tall is this?
    where can I buy one? thanks!
    how much?
     
  11. Unicron9

    Unicron9 Chaos Bringer 9

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    Looks really good man. I'd skip the black ink wash.
    I take it he comes with flame decals rather than the flames being printed onto the plastic?
     
  12. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys, much appreciated!

    No, I actually got so busy with thr sales stuff I'm doing,i kind of forgot about that, :/..

    EBAY! BY ME! RIGHT NOW! dunno how much you want to pay, but as dat as I know (haven't checked it today) its going for $140 right now.

    No black wash, really? As for the flames, they are decals, BUT they are pre-painted parts as well. The decals are for crazies like me who aren't ever satisfied, :D .
     
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    thats great!! you did an incredible job!
     
  14. PropagandaWar

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    Looks awsome. Im building mine right now and I was opting to paint part of the under body but after I put the chest piece in I need to go buy another metal color besides aluminum and copper. By the way did you manage to get the chest piece flush with the rubber neck knobs? I can't and I was thinking about cutting and gluing.
     
  15. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks much guys! PropagandaWar I didn't have any problem with the piece that holds the rubber neck hoses in place, sorry to hear that you're having problems with it.
     
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    That gorgeous! Is his head on a ball joint? if so how's the movment?
     
  17. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    Double ball joint :)  It's got a lot of movement. Pretty much whatever your head can do, the kits can as well.
     
  18. spiritprime

    spiritprime Dudes, I'm a girl!

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    Amazing work! The Dual Model Kit of Optimus Prime has to be my favourite thing to see being customised. :D 
     
  19. Superquad7

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    That's some nice work!

    That block of text would really benefit being split up into paragraphs. It's hard to read as is. :wink: 
     
  20. yongkykun

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    ^ agreed. Easy fix too :D  Great job, I saw the other picture at your facebook page. Looks awesome, but would love to know what you're going to do with the head.
     

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