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Heather Breckel
10-24-2014, 08:49 PM
I was a little bummed at the lack of paint apps on the new Mirage turtles, so I bought one to see if I could "finish" them. I've seen some people have already done this on the site but what from I've seen, most people use paint.

This topic isn't so much a "look at my awesome custom skills" but more of a hey, here's an easy way to make them look nicer. For those of you that don't have a steady hand, there's fortunately a way that doesn't involve paint. I build a lot of Gundam models and use a lot of Gundam markers to do panel lining on the models.

For this I used
http://smile.amazon.com/GSI-Creos-Black-Gundam-Marker/dp/B00HY8JI7C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414200692&sr=8-1&keywords=gundam+marker
for the black shading and

http://smile.amazon.com/Mr-Hobby-Silver-Gundam-Marker/dp/B003JYR07K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414200721&sr=8-1&keywords=gundam+marker+silver
for the silver

The black "marker" has a very fine tip similar to Microns if you've used them before. The silver is more of a thick paint marker that's really awesome for adding small metallic details to models and figures. I've never had issues with the markers smudging as long as you don't touch it before it's dried. While I typically spray Topcoat on my Gundam models to seal the marker in, you shouldn't have issues with it coming off if you're not like rubbing the figures super hard. (I don't know how Topcoat would react with this plastic so I personally wouldn't try it)

Not the best photos, but you should get the gist of what the markers can do.

http://i.imgur.com/DBQ9piM.jpg
Next to NECA Mikey. I added some extra shading that wasn't already etched into the figure.

http://i.imgur.com/L0bn8sS.jpg
closer shot that my phone didn't want to take.

http://i.imgur.com/hzpIHMn.jpg
Unpainted and a painted weapon.

http://i.imgur.com/goCU2uA.jpg
Finished Mikey with finished weapons and the materials I used.

As to how to do this, the tip of the marker is thin enough to where all you have to do is stick the marker into the etching and move it around. While you're free to add on extra shading like I did, it's not necessary to make it look nicer. You will have to go over the weapon a little extra to get into all the areas on the weapons, but it shouldn't be too tough. Hopefully this helps people! I figure the markers would be a lot easier to use than trying to stick a tiny paint brush into all the little cracks.

It's important to note that while the Gundam markers are awesome for small details, they aren't designed for painting massive areas. So if you buy a whole set of them, remember that they aren't a substitute for paint.

psychoandy
10-24-2014, 09:38 PM
Simple and effective. Looks cool, dude!

mousaklas
11-01-2014, 04:34 AM
Awesome work!love how Mikey turned out:tsmile:

drewizzle88
11-02-2014, 03:39 PM
Those look great Heather, if I just want to do the molded lines would one black pen do all 4 turtles?

Ninjinister
11-06-2014, 01:27 AM
Well, you do know a thing or two about coloring (understatement) so this is a perfect modification!