Bandai UCHG M61A5 Main Battle Tank “Semovente”: WIP

Time to face this beast! This is the 3rd kit of the 3 commissions that was given to me, first was the Exass then the Gunbarrel. Will be out of the box as usual. For the color and finish the client wanted an artic scheme with minimal weathering, but I personally dont like the idea, I want to retail the desert scheme of the tank and put on some heavy weathering. As an armor kit fan, I know tanks like this screams for weathering. So will still persuade him with my idea and hopefully convince him. :)

Still on a dry-fitting stage. Very impressed with Bandai, the construction is just flawless. Unlike other armors like Tamiya and Trumpeter, this one is mostly snapfitted with minimal gluing. Its also well detailed and the size is just massive. Will try to compare it to another armor once I'm done snapping all the parts together. 

That's all for now. :)

Dragon 1/16 Unterscharfuhrer Figure (Modified)

Well, here's my first attempt on figures... Its a 1/16 Unterscharfuhrer figure by Dragon. Love this brand, the details were great and assembly is fairly easy. The only comment I can give is there are some gaps on the arms and legs when assembled but I think its pretty standard for these types of kits and nothing putty cant fix. Like I said in my previous post, the goal here is to make it a cyborg-zombie looking soldier. I used mostly acylic paints as base coat for the uniform, skin and details. Followed by artists oils for blending. Still far from perfect but I really had fun doing this project and for sure this will not be my last figure build.

As usual more photos at -- Mechaion Designs 

Dragon 1/16 Unterscharfuhrer Figure: WIP 2

I applied a black acrylic wash on the figure first to raise the details, so that I can paint it a bit easier by seeing  the borders.

First time to paint skin tone, must admit its a trial and error process. I used acrylics as the base coat and oils for blending/highlights. I was also trying to simulate a zombie-ish looks thats why its sort of pale/grayish looking.

Here's a failed attempt on using acrylics to do the dark and light areas on the uniform. Somehow I cant get the effect that I want so I still resorted to a familiar medium which is oils to do most of the shading.

So far, this is what I got after the highlights and shading plus detail painting.

HG 1/144 RGM-79[G] GM Ground Type

Here's my latest build, actually a fun build. Also my contribution to Pla-zone's "Back to Basics" GB and will be donated/lend to Mechapinoy's kit pool project. This one is an old HG GM sniper which I poorly built & painted way back when I was new to the hobby. I decided to restore it since I dont want to see it just inside a box with other scraps and collecting dust. At the same time help the 2 communities with their respective projects. So about the build, as usual OOTB,  AB'ed with Gaianotes laquer paints (change the color scheme too), weathering was achieved using artist's oils and Tamiya weathering master (dusting on the feet & lower legs). 

More photos at the main gallery -- Mechaion Designs

Dragon 1/16 Unterscharfuhrer Figure: WIP

Here's a small update on my first 1/16 figure build. So far I've sculpted the gas mask and some armour /guards, I used Tamiya Epoxy Putty by the way. For the details on the mask I ended up using different Kotobukiya MSG's. Good thing is I still have some spares which I think fit the scale. I also replaced the right hand with a manipulator (from my HGUC Asshimar). For the flooring, I used a 1.5mm plastic sheet, cut and scribed. Got the idea from Julius of Pla-Zone.