Friday, February 26, 2010

Sinanju is Armed

Finished the arms (but still working on the shoulders) and the waist. I feel like the gold trimming on these pieces aren't as clean as on the torso, so I might have to clean it up more later. I don't quite understand how the arms open up to reveal the beam saber, the black part sort of gets in the way (hopefully not too much that it rubs gold paint off). Apart from that, the arms are really nice. They feel sturdy and the joints are good. The Gundam 2.0 hands are nice as always (with moving individual fingers).

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sinanju: Head and Waist Progress

Got the head completed yesterday. Thankfully there was no gold to paint (just the gun metal on the vulcans) so it was relatively quick. I must say, I really like the design for this head, it combines neat curves on the sides of the head with the angular front mask and horn. Like others have said, can't really see the eye if you don't specifically look upwards. No matter, still looks awesome.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Quick Update

Well, the poll I started several days ago showed Sinanju as the reader's choice. I admit, I'm also excited about this kit (love the design), but it's also a little intimidating (so much gold painting to do!). I was going to wait a little, maybe build the GN-X first, but I'm waiting on some purple paint. So, what the hell, I'll start on Sinanju.

As you can see, I'm not done painting these pieces yet. It seems painting gold takes a while since each part needs multiple layers. I thought I might just use the gold decals that came with the kit, but then it wouldn't match the yellow parts that I'm also painting gold. I can already tell, painting these tiny gold lines is going to get old fast (especially with the complex designs on the chest and shield). So far, so good though! Hopefully I'll get better at it as I go along.