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My FIRST Garage Kit - Makishima Shogo - Completed!!!

My FIRST Garage Kit - Makishima Shogo - Completed!!!
29 Jan 2018 00:49:10

Ok, so after what seems like forever I have finally compeleted my Psycho-Pass Makishima Shogo garage kit!! Words do not even describe the joy I feel from FINALLY completing this, LOL!! Just friggin YAY!!!

So, I figured to celebrate his completion, I would share some pics (ok not some, but there a LOT) of the journey to completion!! There are some laughable moments (where I thought I may should just nuke the kit and be done), but in the end I am happy with the results....as this is my FIRST time EVER to paint and assemble a garage kit, and my FIRST time EVER to use an airbrush. LOL...I know....WTF was I thinking right (at this point I should be fucking up Tshirts or Trucker hats with my airbrush gun, not attempting a Garage Kit?!!).

Again, there's lot of pics, and so I've put most of them under **Spoiler** tags that you'll need to expand so you can see the pics.

And so....hope you enjoy!!!

Some of the parts....of course had to remove the "tags" on these, sand, wash several times (with degreaser, as I hear that removes the mold-release):





**CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICS**



Next up was actually priming...now I've heard you do not HAVE to prime resin, but I am new, so want to go the safest route possible for someone like me who is guaranteed to screw things up...probably a lot. Anyway, it just so happens that I got a really awesome Iwata airbrush gun and compressor as well as a ventilation booth for Christmas!! Wohoo!!



Priming - I used both a dark gray primer and white depending on the piece. Skin areas were done with white, most everything else with the gray:



Here are some shots of the shirt in progress. For it I started with the gray primer. I then actually did another coat in white primer over the top, with less white in the shaded areas. Next was an actual layer of white acrylic, lightly all over. I then went into the shaded areas with a darker teal color. I put a light flesh color (VERY light coat) on the areas where his shirt was touching his skin and highlighted. Finally another layer of the white acrylic, brushed over the entire shirt to blend all the shading/highlighting:





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For the pants, I took a similar approach. I painted them dark gray with the primer. I then went in with black in the creases, and white in the highlighted areas. I went over the top of those with a jean blue shade to even it out. After it was still a bit too dark, so I went over the entire piece to increase highlighting and shading with some pastels (just use sandpaper to create the powder then dry brush them on). After I sprayed it with Mr. Super Clear Flat clear coat, to seal in the pastels.






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Next is just some shots of some odds and ends, like the shoes, belt, book, skin, fingernails, etc....



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For the hair...well I had some trial and error here. First I primed with dark gray, then put a white coat over the top. To add more shading I went back in with dark pastels. That looked like crap, as I realized at this point I did not sand these parts enough...there are still some pretty rough areas and imperfections that I could've fixed by some thorough sanding...this REALLY stood out when I added the shading to the hair (you can still see some of the rough areas on various parts...they weren't really visible until you added flat paint then they were REALLY obvious...well I know for next time), so I redid the hair. The final version is just the gray primer, which also doubled as shading, and white acrylic paint...and I sprayed less in the shaded areas of the hair.





**CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICS**



Ok, next up is the face. ....sigh....
This portion is where I wanted to nuke this entire kit, and let me show you why..LOL. Try not to hurt yourself when laughing at attempt 1 and 2 (and there were others, but they didn't even get far enough along for me to snap pics of). I finally found a method of painting his eyes that worked out, but I did have to start over, including stripping and sanding and re-priming, etc.. a few times.

And here is where you can get a good chuckle (I don't even want to share this, as v1 and v2 are just so laughable and well ebarassing...LOL, and v3 is by no means perfect, but is WAY better...so I'm learning):



Yeah, hopefully you're still with me and didn't kill over from laughing. I honestly think v2 may be an alien....his eyes were really big there.

Anyway, v1 (far left one) is where I just tried to straight up paint the eyes all in one go using acrylics and a TINY permanent no bleed pen. I think the pen was like .20mm and was way too big. It turned out a hot mess.

The v2 (middle pic) is where I tried to follow advice from a miniature painter on Youtube. I think a combination of me sucking as a painter and the fact that on a true miniature a wee bitty mistake is likely ok, where here it's just well... It's an alien, let's move on.

Finally v3 (far right) is thanks to PONNIE!!!! THANK YOU PONNIE!!! A most wonderful and extremely pro and talented garage kit painter. After she posted one of her GK blogs, she was soooo very kind to answer 100,000 of my questions on how the #@%##% she did her eyes. She then described a wonderful technique using some of this stuff:



And it allows you to paint, erase, and clean up your lines...without ever damaging the paint underneath. Basically you get your skin and eye whites painted on, then spray a clear gloss coat of the Mr. Color Super Clear GX lacquer (the thinner is so you can use it with the airbrush). Now, using enamel paints you can trial and error and erase and cleanup all your paint lines all you want (I used a small detail brush to paint the eyes on, then cleaned up the lines with a different really small detail brush dipped in the X-20 enamel thinner). The enamel thinner takes the enamel right off, without impacting your gloss lacquer coat or any paint beneath it. So, you can basically erase and repaint all you want, until you get it ok.

THANKS PONNIE!!!




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Next was assembly time!!! I used super glue, 2 part 5 min Epoxy, and also put some metal pins in between each piece (via little holes in each piece and super glued it in) to help support and reinforce the joins.







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The base was a custom base I made using a CNC router and some miniatures I picked up at a hobby store.



For more details on the base, I had a whole separate blog for that, so if your curious you can read about it and see WIP pics here: **Blog for Custom Makishima Base**


I ended up drilling two really small holes into the base and his feet. I then put cut some brad nails to size and used those for pegs to hold him to the base.

And finally......my very first garage kit is complete.... Meet my Makashima Shogo!!!








**CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICS OF MAKISHIMA**


I did snap a couple of other pics of Makishima with Kougami as well (you can click on them to go to their main page to see a larger version):




And if you're just a glutton for punishment, you can view even MORE pics (and in higher resolution) at my Smug Mug project page here. I loaded pretty much all my pics here, so you can see a lot of the failed attempts too (but WARNING, there are LOTS of pics...so don't say you weren't warned!!).

Sorry that was so long, and hope the all the pics didn't crash you!!

Thanks for checking my blog out, hope you saw something you enjoyed!! :D
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xsize (Russia)
29 Jan 2018, 01:37:04
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I truly can't believe this is your first time! Impressive *__*
What I'm amazed at is how Shogo face was improved step by step! You did a great job! My respect.

What's next? Do you already have another GK you would like to work on? :)
Stacycmc
Stacycmc (USA)
29 Jan 2018, 02:20:35
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Ah, THANK YOU sooo much!! Yeah, LOL...the first two faces....well....they make me laugh, but glad it did eventually improve!! haha!!

Yeah, so I have a Devilman garage kit on it's way, but I'd honestly like to get some more practice in before hitting that one, as I think that will be more of a challenge (I have a blog on my inquiry / purchase of it).

So....my next project I already have though...it's not technically a garage kit but will be VERY similar. I bought a bootleg Takasugi Shinsuke (the one with the chair - I already own the real one but refuse to annihilate that figure, even a second one)....and so I'm going to disassemble it, strip it, repaint it, remold it's face, add fox ears and tail...and turn him into Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss!!! LOL...a daunting endeavor, but I am hoping for the best!!

LOL....and don't laugh, but this is just a very rough sketch I did to see if I thought the bootleg Shinsuke would work out....but I'm sure you get the idea of what I'm trying to recreate:

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xsize (Russia)
29 Jan 2018, 13:47:28
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I bet it was a good and funny experience and you've enjoyed it :)

Oh, glad to hear you've got him! Congrats *__* this Devilman GK looks interesting and... yeah, like a pain in the ass :D
BTW, did you read this post? One person here already did a custom of this Shinsuke bootleg :) can't wait to see your Tomoe!

P. S. for some reason I can't view the picture you added :(
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Stacycmc (USA)
29 Jan 2018, 16:18:48
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It was a good experience...! :D

And yeah, that devilman kit...i mean the skin and such need to be spot on so that one makes me nervous, and considering what it is / who it's by, I'd want it to be awesome you know! :D

And YES...Minami_Desu!!! I saw a pic of his and reached out to tell him I was planning a custom on Shinsuke as well....I read through the blog too in order to get some pointers. I love how theirs turned out, great job on him!!!

For the pic....maybe this one will work:


If not here are the url's for it:
https://78.media.tumblr.com/4bbd3de31837826cb7d240c3fdd0d8c3/tumblr_p3brws00Y61wir94wo1_500.gif
https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-wmSpNtG/0/M/i-wmSpNtG-M.gif

Maybe you can see it via one of those methods.... either way I'd plan to repaint the clothes too, but it should give you an idea of the plan...LOL.
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xsize (Russia)
29 Jan 2018, 19:17:27
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Yep, this time it works fine! Thanks for upload! Now I'm excited even more to see the final result... I'm wondering how are you going to make his ears :D but I'm ok to wait until it will be finished :)
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Stacycmc (USA)
29 Jan 2018, 19:52:35
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I plan to use tinfoil (just to make a VERY rough shape) then over the top of that I will use the Apoxie Sculpt (same stuff I used to fill in the hair crack on Makishima).....then shape them up and attach those to his head (after a couple of hours you can sculpt and define the putty stuff). The Apoxie sculpt is sticky at first, so it adheres to most surfaces, but I'll likely drill a least one or two holes for each ear, and put a wire peg in them and into the head for added support. Could end up quite disastrous, but should be interesting either way, LOL!

Will be another learning experience as I've only ever sculpted on thing in my entire life and it wasn't great (as an Octopus shape I used to put on the front of a lighted bottle, to make it look like the Undertow Bioshock Vigor bottle from the game).

So....we'll see.... :D
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Deamon666 (Russia)
29 Jan 2018, 08:29:50
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Perfect!
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Stacycmc (USA)
29 Jan 2018, 16:20:04
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Ah, thank you!!!!!
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Stacycmc (USA)
29 Jan 2018, 16:20:51
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Thank you!!
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29 Jan 2018, 16:20:16
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**Double Post**
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13Q (Russia)
29 Jan 2018, 19:04:47
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Great job! I think, that his v3 face is so cool! I don`t know how you can so level up after v1 and v2 face, but you did it perfect! He is really like PVC! Want to see your next garage kit!
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Stacycmc (USA)
29 Jan 2018, 19:48:52
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Ah thanks so much!!! LOL....yeah, the v1 and v2 face crack me up big time looking back on them. Just so bad.....thank goodness I eventually found something that worked and got the hang of it!!

I will definitely share my journey if/when I do another kit! :D
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Dokuganryu (Russia)
30 Jan 2018, 17:44:34
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looks so cool!
Нам только дай возможность,ЛОГГ мы везде найдем....

"Да у тебя Макото головного мозга!"(с)
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30 Jan 2018, 18:50:37
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Thank you!!!!!!
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mu597 (USA)
30 Jan 2018, 22:36:51
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Wow! Very nice! (especially considering it's your fist one)

Your nice work has inspired me to go back to work on my pile of unfinished Gundam models.
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Stacycmc (USA)
30 Jan 2018, 23:24:37
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Ah, thanks so much!! Hahaa..and glad I inspired you in some way, LOL....please share your Gundams with us when you're done!! :D
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mu597 (USA)
05 Feb 2018, 04:32:16
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I'm a bit shy about posting photos of them. Normally I just make them and panel line them with a Gundam marker, like this zudah I just made.

Pics

However the one I most proud of (and shy about posting) is this Zaku which was my fist kit I fully painted. (Technically I just used clear coat as i read if you use it on an unpainted model it gives the look of a fully painted one.)

Pic
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Stacycmc (USA)
05 Feb 2018, 14:31:35
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Ah those are too cool!! You shouldn't be shy about posting those at all...they look great! :D I have never built a Gundam, but I may have to give one a go, those look pretty dang neat!! Thanks so much for sharing!! :D
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mu597 (USA)
05 Feb 2018, 19:12:30
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Thanks!

You might as well give making a Gundam model as shot, since you already have such a nice setup for building and panting kits.
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Stacycmc (USA)
05 Feb 2018, 19:24:16
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I know right?!!
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Padfairy (Russia)
31 Jan 2018, 21:56:25
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Your work on face is stunning
А с какой стороны начинаешь есть рогалик ты?
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Stacycmc (USA)
31 Jan 2018, 23:35:27
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THANK you so much, what a wonderful compliment! That is definitely the area I struggled the most, so am so glad to hear you like it! :D
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Alex_Merc (Spain)
01 Feb 2018, 01:38:40
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Very good job! For first kit - just amazing!
Keep it up, your works are cool
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01 Feb 2018, 01:54:16
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Thanks soooo much!!!!! :D Really appreciate it and glad you like him!! :D

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