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Garage Kit Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch - Lelouch LamperougeGarage Kit Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch - Lelouch LamperougeTutorial

MaakieMaakie3 meses atrás
Hello MFC and welcome to another one of my GK blogs! Today I will share my progress on creating my 9th garage kit ITEM #12293 , which shows Lelouch Lamperouge ENTRY #2224 from Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch ENTRY #64 made by circle Heavy Gauge ENTRY #7784 . I have been working a lot on Garage Kits in the last year and think my skills have really improved, this is why at first I was hesitant to make/upload this blog as it's a kit I have made before that time (early 2019). However, multiple users have been motivating me here and I also wanted to share my first experiences with an airbrush as what I went through can be useful for others as well, enjoy!

Preparation work

Most of the preparation work, which was removing some tabs and sanding, was done a long time ago and this kit had been in storage for multiple years. I remember the kit being fairly clean, even though there was still a bit of sanding to do.

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The details are quite nice for a figure that seems rather simple at first glance. I'm glad to see the crests at the top of his school uniform are looking so good!

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The fit of this kit was also very nice and it wasn't needed that I use putty anywhere! Meanwhile in the background I'm catching up on episodes of Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card arc, haha!

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Even though I have the airbrush available, I still had some undercoat from Games Workshop that came in cans that I wanted to use up first.

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I 'sorted' this kit on the two main colors I was going to paint him in (pale skin color and black for the clothes). My idea was, as this is my first time airbrushing, to only airbrush these two big, main colors and do all the details by hand.

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Most of the pieces would be in one color, so I only needed to tape off 2 pieces that were going to have both colors. I used washi tape to keep the plastic together. The actual pieces that attach to the resin of the kit are Tamiya tape cut to the right size.

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They were ready for their first layer of paint and I was getting ready for my first airbrush adventure!

Airbrushing

So, as it was my first airbrushing adventure, quite some things didn't go as smoothly as expected/hoped, and I'm going to tell about my mistakes so others can hopefully learn from it too!

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My first painted layer was dripping a lot (as you can see on above pictures). The reason for that was that the PSI (air pressure level) on my compressor was way too high! The instructions of my airbrush didn't mention anything about PSI and the compressor had a 'recommended pressure' that I kept on...that ended up being three times too high for an airbrush, yikes! No damage was done to the airbrush or the kit, but the first layer of paint was quite bad and I also wasted a lot of paint because it blasted through the airbrush way too fast. Ahh, there is a first time and learning experience for everything. Thanks PONNIE for listening and replying to all my dumb questions! For people also new to airbrushing: Your PSI should be around 15-20.

The first result wasn't 'bad', but the paint was also quite inconsistent.

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My second and third layer were a lot better, although I now had a lot of inconsistencies to work away. I was quite proud of only having one piece that dripped a bit this time. That drip was probably caused by me mixing the paint too thin, so I now focused on improving my paints.

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My first airbrush scare happened soon after...when I wanted to go for my fourth layer, my airbrush was not letting paint go through the nozzle! I freaked out a bit as I completely followed the cleaning instructions from the booklet that came with the airbrush, but it was still clogged. I kept myself calm by knowing it was fixable, as air was still coming through the brush, so I knew it was some sort of paint clog in the airbrush itself.

I was really scared, but it was my first time to fully take the airbrush apart (my previous cleans were with letting the air go backwards and cleaning alcohol). After taking apart and fully cleaning the airbrush, I looked at my mixed paints and...

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...for my next layer (and to not let the paint go to waste), I decided to brush the mixed paints by hand on the kit. It worked quite decently although I am sure it would have been better if launched from the airbrush.

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A couple of days later I put the airbrush together again and it still wasn't working completely the way I wanted to. I was 99% sure the issue was clogged paint and the cup looked clean, so I decided to one-on-one 'attack' the piece under the cup, as I suspected the clog would be there.

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And I was right! This huge amount of paint was stuck together and clogging the entrance for the paint to go through! Now that I know that this is a 'weak point' of my airbrush (or maybe most/all airbrushes?) I'm going to make sure that I always extra clean this piece after every use.

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My next completed layer of black paint looked a ton better and it seemed like the painting was getting close to completion!

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Unfortunately for me, here is also where my first actual issues with airbrush paint showed up. There are some visible cracks in the black paint, mainly to be seen on the upper body. It's hard to capture on camera, but quite noticeable in person. Probably my main reason for this issue was the difference between the weather outside (cold) where I would do the airbrushing and the weather inside (warm) where I would let the figure dry.

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Double unfortunately for me, my airbrush was now having some more issues, which I thought I had fixed before. Following some instructions online I gave the airbrush a 'deep clean' and cleaning-alcohol bath, I was surprised how much more dried paint I was able to remove from the gun! Man, I really felt stupid and thought I was cleaning correctly before...the instructions provided with the airbrush were definitely misleading to how much actual cleaning this item needs!

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A couple of days later the painting could continue and I managed to fix quite some of the earlier cracks.

Handpainting and assembly

After the quite long and exhausting airbrush adventure (I didn't think it would have been so heavy!), I decided to fix up the last black parts by hand and decided to start on the other colors.

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I picked a nicely fitting skin color for Lelouch and prepared myself to paint many layers of it. I thinned it a bit too much at first, which I corrected later. I had originally planned to airbrush the skin color as well, but considering the issues I ran into, I thought it was easier to do this by hand.

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Now I was adding extra layers of thinned down black paint to make the black parts look smoother.

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I think the black parts were looking a lot better already!

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Masking is absolutely not a strong point (yet), but I'm practicing~

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The skin color was looking pretty smooth at this point.

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Decapitation station.

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It's interesting with this kit how doing two of the colors completes most of the project, haha!

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I was really happy with how almost streak free colors were looking!

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Almost ready to start with the eyes (which turned out to be a huge thing with this kit...).

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I did the golden parts a bit crudely at first, because it was easier to fix the gold mishaps (by putting black on top) than the other way around.

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Working a bit more on shading: Red in the ears and between the fingers.

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As I overshaded some parts, I needed to do some fixing~

Working on the face is bit by bit and a lot of drying time inbetween:

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I can't even tell you how many times I started over with the Geass eye...

I wanted to be sure the Geass would be recognizable, so I would be working more on it later again. .

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I grabbed some extra-shiny black paint to make the shoes and some part of his hair extra nice~

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The pieces are slowly getting more finished, so I started with my first bit of the assembly while other parts were drying.

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Geass eye is almost what I want it to be...still making changes.

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Meanwhile I started working on the base, I wanted to keep it simple and small. Just like how the figure is elegant, while simple in color usage.

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More assembly getting done~

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Geass eye almost finished~

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Meanwhile: Undercoating the base.

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Lelouch needed a lot of support during assembly. I hope I'm not the only person that thinks this looks kinda wrong...

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Now we just wait for the glue to fully dry~

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Finishing touches on the Geass eye.

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Body assembly done!

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Last bit of the attachment of the base!

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Finally the Geass eye I was content with!

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Assembling Lelouch to his base was very easy, as the figure was already really stable by itself. A base might have actually not been needed and no pinning was necessary either.

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The last bit of drying and a few more fixes...and this kit is done!

End result

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Bonus picture & spoiler for the next kit I will cover in a blog: View spoilerHide spoiler

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Final photoshoot

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As I was still pretty new to my camera back then and was experimenting with my new light set-up, these pictures are a bit more experimental than what you are used from me.

I like how on video/gif the difference between the shinier jacket and the slightly less shiny pants are visible.

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And to finish it!

The things I have learned:
- Used an airbrush for the first time!
- Got better at shading
- Got better at mixing and working with handpaints

The things I should avoid:
- Being stuck on one spot for too long (those eyes!)
- Messing up the working and cleaning for my airbrush (definitely won't happen again!)

If you want to see other recent kits I have made (and my road in progress), you can check out their blogs here:
- My 8th kit (2019): Original Character - Prom - 1/7 (Ireba Dou): BLOG #43149
- My 7th kit (2018): Kamichu! - Hitotsubashi Yurie - 1/6 - Summer WF 2007 (Seikoro Caramel): BLOG #41010

Another kit I have already finished and is next up for a walkthrough blog is my Garage Kit of Morikawa Yuki ITEM #92386 from White Album.

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For those who read all this way, thank you! My next blog is going to be a loot blog again, hope to see you there!
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Toshki3 meses atrás#79458700You're okay! (cute kitty btw :3)
I was very surprised when I first heard too and I was convinced that I was gonna hand paint all my kits but here I am now :P
It's definitely a learning experience and you have to prep before you use it but for the finish I'm able to achieve I'm okay with it :3
I'm definitely not saying you can't get a good finish hand painting! One of my favourite builders did mostly hand painting and her stuff is very nice ^^ pyramidcat.word...
The main reason I like it is it makes eye painting and complex details soooo much easier than with acrylics and my unsteady hand. You can use a quick trick to layer gloss lacquer and enamel hand painting in between layers (Sorry if I have already mentioned this!)
Check out Isopropyl alcohol for removing acrylic paint and acetone and lacquer thinner for harsher paint like lacquers ;)
No one can dictate how you enjoy your hobby, it's no fun otherwise! I'm so happy to see another builder on here and enjoy reading your articles ^^


Just a cat from the internet, there are way too many cute ones. :D

I'm still going to experiment some more, but I'm leaning to going back to full handpainting... xD

Oh! PyramidCat! It's been a long time since I've heard from them! I remember her posting on MFC in the past, but it seems like both her account here and that website is not updated for a long time. Wonder if she quit? I always really liked that unique shading style!

As my eye painting is not that great either, I have also been thinking about trying to get good at making decals. But making sure the size you edit on the computer fits on the GK seems so hard... Anyway, for newer kits my eyes have been improving, but hrm, once I get to my actual rare/expensive kits I don't know if I trust myself enough. ^^''

Thanks! I had already stocked up on acetone, but is that too heavy to remove acrylics then? Hrm.

Thank you! I'm pretty far done for my next blog, but at the same time my embarrassment is pretty high for that result. ^^'' I guess I'll have to quickly continue with posting better content after it...haha!
3 meses atrás
Maakie3 meses atrás#79355157https://i.pinimg.com/originals/37/58/75/3758753a7e947d557296a9c78b9d417a.jpg
Huhhhh...I see! Thanks for explaining all this stuff, I was just really convinced that the more chemical materials you go, the harder it will be with mixing, getting an even layer etc.
I'll be honest, originally airbrushing didn't really appeal to me because I like the process of working carefully on something and using a brush is like "pfftetererrpfpfpfpf OK, color done'. xD And you also need machinery, a set-up outside (or a very good one inside) and I feel a lot more chill just...sitting inside with tv/radio on the background and get to painting. So after this kit I airbrushed 2 more before reverting back to full handpainting. ^^''
I'm still 'practicing' on older kits and bootlegs I have lying around and have not dared to tackle any of my more expensive ones. I think it will be a while before I dare, I also want to keep painting them ongoing, because for example right now, it's been more than half a year since I painted something and I feel out of it.
I never stripped the paint of a kit, but I have been thinking about it because I would like to sell some (and they don't really have a professional finish), I'm afraid I will mess up and end up with an even more unsellable kit though, LOL.
I feel even more embarrassed for sharing my next one (the face is so bad...), but yes, I will blog about her for sure. xD


You're okay! (cute kitty btw :3)
I was very surprised when I first heard too and I was convinced that I was gonna hand paint all my kits but here I am now :P
It's definitely a learning experience and you have to prep before you use it but for the finish I'm able to achieve I'm okay with it :3

I'm definitely not saying you can't get a good finish hand painting! One of my favourite builders did mostly hand painting and her stuff is very nice ^^ pyramidcat.word...

The main reason I like it is it makes eye painting and complex details soooo much easier than with acrylics and my unsteady hand. You can use a quick trick to layer gloss lacquer and enamel hand painting in between layers (Sorry if I have already mentioned this!)

Check out Isopropyl alcohol for removing acrylic paint and acetone and lacquer thinner for harsher paint like lacquers ;)

No one can dictate how you enjoy your hobby, it's no fun otherwise! I'm so happy to see another builder on here and enjoy reading your articles ^^
3 meses atrás
Toshki3 meses atrás#79273292^^
Yeah they're definitely easier as they don't form a goop inside the airbrush when they dry. They're basically just pigment and a couple of other chemicals that dry to nothing and they get reactivated by lacquer thinner. They're really neat! You can also "cheat" by using enamel paint over a glossy lacquer base as the enamel eyes/details can be erased with enamel thinner and not harm the paint underneath ;)
Hey the best thing is you're learning~~ I haven't built a full kit in a whole year cause I'm worrying about perfection >< I'll do my best to keep trying~
Another great thing about kits is you can always strip the paint in the future if you dislike the finish. I have yet to do it and I am planning to just rebuy a specific kit I know I've improved since painting but ehh~ the option is there :P
Can't wait to see your next~


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Huhhhh...I see! Thanks for explaining all this stuff, I was just really convinced that the more chemical materials you go, the harder it will be with mixing, getting an even layer etc.

I'll be honest, originally airbrushing didn't really appeal to me because I like the process of working carefully on something and using a brush is like "pfftetererrpfpfpfpf OK, color done'. xD And you also need machinery, a set-up outside (or a very good one inside) and I feel a lot more chill just...sitting inside with tv/radio on the background and get to painting. So after this kit I airbrushed 2 more before reverting back to full handpainting. ^^''

I'm still 'practicing' on older kits and bootlegs I have lying around and have not dared to tackle any of my more expensive ones. I think it will be a while before I dare, I also want to keep painting them ongoing, because for example right now, it's been more than half a year since I painted something and I feel out of it.

I never stripped the paint of a kit, but I have been thinking about it because I would like to sell some (and they don't really have a professional finish), I'm afraid I will mess up and end up with an even more unsellable kit though, LOL.

I feel even more embarrassed for sharing my next one (the face is so bad...), but yes, I will blog about her for sure. xD
3 meses atrás
Maakie3 meses atrás#79207334Yep! I've made it my goal to post about all of the ones I did not post yet, even though I'm a bit embarrassed by some of the results. ^^''
I had people recommending me lacquers, but I was under the assumption that acrylics thinned down would be easier, so I started with that. Your experience is that handling lacquers is easier through paintbrush than acrylic? :O
Ohhh if you think that about the eyes of this one, wait until you see the next kit *cries* But I learned from it with both this and the next kit for sure. With this kit I'm mainly just happy on my less-streaks improvement and trying the airbrush.
The next one is super experimental, I tried a lot of new techniques with very mixed results LOL. I have quite a bit of the blog finished already, so I should be able to share it in not very long I think. :)
Thanks! I have a backlog in talking about finished kits, so get ready for a lot more being covered in (hopefully) the next couple of months! :)


^^

Yeah they're definitely easier as they don't form a goop inside the airbrush when they dry. They're basically just pigment and a couple of other chemicals that dry to nothing and they get reactivated by lacquer thinner. They're really neat! You can also "cheat" by using enamel paint over a glossy lacquer base as the enamel eyes/details can be erased with enamel thinner and not harm the paint underneath ;)

Hey the best thing is you're learning~~ I haven't built a full kit in a whole year cause I'm worrying about perfection >< I'll do my best to keep trying~

Another great thing about kits is you can always strip the paint in the future if you dislike the finish. I have yet to do it and I am planning to just rebuy a specific kit I know I've improved since painting but ehh~ the option is there :P

Can't wait to see your next~
3 meses atrás
StaticBreed3 meses atrás#79221403good job mayty, a Lelouch looking swag finally!

Hehe, got to give credit to the sculptor as well for that! :D
3 meses atrás
good job mayty, a Lelouch looking swag finally!
3 meses atrás
Redliger3 meses atrás#79220301Hey Maakie,
Nice job. Congrats on tackling the airbrush! :D


Thanks! :) I'll have to be honest, I'm not convinced about airbrushing yet, but let's see. Haha!
3 meses atrás
Redliger I paint GKs
Hey Maakie,
Nice job. Congrats on tackling the airbrush! :D
3 meses atrás
Amy273 meses atrás#79219622I like how he turned out! Painting the eyes is the part that makes me the most nervous about working on my second and third kits when they arrive. The eyes on my first kit were just lines.

It took me a long time to make sort-of proper eyes, my first kits mostly had eyes in different sizes. xD The best tip I can give you is to draw them bigger sized on paper first and map out which color needs to be layered on which next color. Try to do the painting on the kit itself with only one layer for each color, otherwise it will look too bulky. Good luck!

victorviper3 meses atrás#79219627Always nice to see GK posts :).
I saw you just uploaded a number of photos, including a number of Komugi GK's. Any chance you'll be finishing one of those kits in the near future?


Hehe, those are for a loot blog I'm currently writing on and maybe able to upload in a couple of days. :) About the kits, one of them is super complicated and at the back of the list for sure. As for the others, I still have one partially finished kit, 2 practice kits to paint and the 2 Astolfo's I'm going to paint for my friend. I think those will keep me busy for at least one more full year. ^^'' But hey, when I get to painting those Komugi kits I will for sure cover them here! :)
3 meses atrás
Always nice to see GK posts :).

I saw you just uploaded a number of photos, including a number of Komugi GK's. Any chance you'll be finishing one of those kits in the near future?
3 meses atrás
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