Thursday, December 3, 2009

God Update: Head + Core Lander

Just finished the core lander and the head for God Gundam. A package came today with lots of hobby supplies (which included various color Tamiya clear paints) so I decided to try and paint the eyes instead of using the sticker.

I first used only the clear paint, with black around it. This was way too dark with the rest of the head put together, since no light got in. So I had to repaint the eyes a light green (normal, not clear), then go over with clear for a glossy effect. Still came out too dark, so not sure if I should do this again.

The clear green (and other colors) aren't the easiest to use. They're thick and leave brush streaks when applied. So to get a solid coat (seen on the cockpit of the core lander) you just have to heap the paint on by dabbing, no brush strokes.

Yay learning.


  1. Well, I haven't really try this in eyes before, but sometimes when I'm using clear color, I will paint also a layer of silver color on the inside of the clear parts, so it is clear color on the outside, silver in the inside to make the clear color stands out... you may give it a try if you want to ^^

  2. Thanks for the tip! Do you have any recomendations for the type of silver paint? I have a games workshop silver right now, but I don't think it's reflective enough.

    Unfortunately I'll have to try this on another kit since I already scrapped the clear green for a coat of gundam marker green. Can see the eyes much better!

  3. I'm currently using X-11 chrome silver from Tamiya. Looks ok only, but if really want to have a better reflective feel, I think you'll need to try and get those metallic color paint instead. GSI Mr. Hobby or Tamiya also should have such paint.

  4. Thats some nice work on the God Gundam ^^ One of my favorite classic mechs. Like what gppf said go with Mr Hobby chrome sliver followed by a clear green. It will work. Otherwise I'll just cut out the green portion of the sticker for the eyes with a hobby knife and paste over after painting the black portion:D Works equally well!

  5. Thanks! Yeah that painting method sounds good, I'll look into getting some of that silver paint. I'm not sure it would have worked with this kit since there was nowhere to paint the backing (it attached directly to the head armor from the back). I'll be sure to try it out on my Blue Frame! Looking forward to it.