drAInbAmAgE posted an update in the group Q/A & Help Group 8 years, 10 months ago
Hey folks, still prepping to start my sazabi but i was curious if i should snap build this thing first before i start my painting or just paint as i go, like i have been doing. i’ll be hand painting and using a totally different color scheme.
Painting while it’s snapped isn’t easy unless you modify the parts, some people on youtube (including “theghostofzeon” who was the australian entry for the gundam world cup) do tutorials on this, mostly peg cutting so they can snap kits together and then pull them apart without risking parts damage when pulling it apart again.
But then again it depends, if it’s just touch ups could leave it intact, or sectioned (ie thighs feet etc) but you may need to mask or be extremely careful…
Depends on how fussy you are, I paint as I go and because (as unprofessional as it seems) seem lines don’t bother me so I just paint THEN snap, or for top coats i section off the kit once built.
Right now i paint as a go, but seem lines bother me tremendously so im very mindful of how and what im painting and when. i was really curious because of this kit having so many moving panels, what method would be easier. I would be VERY nervous about peg cutting on this kit, so i will be very limited on my test fitting.
I really don’t plan on any modification, just a seriously different paint job across the entire kit. Hope it comes out the way that im seeing it, dont want a terrible paint scheme on such a great kit.
well it really depends on a couple of things. From your question I’m assuming what you really want to know is if you should paint the model assembled or in pieces, so I’ll focus mostly around there. Now then you mention hand painting and a color scheme, now if you’re gonna do some sort of intricate details like hand painting a logo or something that goes across two or more pieces then I’d say it’s pretty obvious you want those pieces together when you’re doing that logo. Other than that painting separately lets you get better coverage on the part without worrying about paint getting somewhere you don’t want it, but as was mentioned there’s seem lines to consider and a nice simple way to get rid of them involves glue, that means the parts won’t be able to be separated again, and you don’t want the fix sticking out, so once again you’ll have to paint those parts together.
in short, for best results join the parts that need to be together for whatever reason and paint everything else separately. Oh and mask as needed.
The hand painting technique is just the method of choice due to limited budget and my extreme familiarity with the medium. I find that using “green stuff” (miniature 2-part epoxy filler) cleans up seem lines fairly well and also sticks to the prime that i use so thats not really an issue. Primary concern is the amount of tolerance between parts, considering the vast amount of opening panels on this kit. Also wondering about how much work there is to clean up the casting lines.
green stuff… you do warhammer miniatures. Yes green stuff will get in there rather nicely but once again you’ll have to paint over that and so you’ll want those parts together still, as for the casting lines it’s fairly easy to clean up, and Bandai to begin with is pretty good about them to begin with, but all you do is scrape it with your hobby knife if needed, then sand smooth with a high grit sandpaper. as for tolerance between parts, that can be an issue some of them are rather tight, what you do with that is mask the hinges the parts will be swinging on so that they don’t get paint on them and if they do get paint on them you can scrape it off, as for the fit of the parts pressing or scraping against each other I’ve never had problems with that, it’s a possibility I suppose but I’ve never encountered it