In trying to come up ideas for my MG Exia repair. As this is my first time attempting to weather a kit, I attempt to document all my references that I found and post their links here ^^. Well onward with the research!
The Actual Fight
A good source of inspiration for the battle damage will be to watch the anime itself ^^. This is the last battle for gundam 00 season 1, graham vs setsuna. But somehow I am not to sure how setsuna manages to retrieve and reinstall the head after that blow from graham. Will be interesting to see how he manages to attach back that head if they ever come up a back story for this…
Watching the video, i took note of the following things
1.18 – 1.20 min, graham makes a clean stab at the head. Both the yellow fins still intact.
1.28 – 1.30 min, a kick to the right side vent.
2.11 – 2.13 min, a stab right through the waist armor. Ouch!
And here is the line art which I grab from mahq.net. Wonderful site that details every known mech that came out from Gundam. Heres the actual link.
I noticed a few things. The ankle armors are completed taken off. The left side of the skirt amour is also missing. The yellow fin on the right shoulder is also taken out. Will keep this in mind when doing my kit.
Weathered MG Exias
First up from Hongkong ^^ gundam efsf. He photographs lots of gundam kits from other modelers and his photos are really amazing! Heres the link to his site but this is mainly in chinese though.
I love the subtle black shaded edges coupled with dry brushing to give that very evenly weathered look. His joints are heavily dry brushed with silver. Also I notice that the clear parts are probably also coated to remove that reflective look. The color of the cloak is a very nice grey instead of the default color out of the box.
Next up extreme bullet holes! This is done by rockleelotus ^^.
Its amazing what you can do with burning incense ^^. Look at those nicely done holes! Especially those at the shoulders. I think the weathering done is just nice. Not too much and not too little. I like the little slashes he does here and there on the shield. Do take a look at his other pictures in his site ^^.
I will update this part with other ppl’s work when I come across more that I fancy hee.
Painting and weathering references
This is taken from Yaya’s blog ^^. The above you see are all handpainted…Very pro HongKong Modeler and I admire him for always sharing all those wonderful techniques. Here is his handpainting guide on weathering. Its in chinese however. Here he sprays a coat of flat black, dry brushing a dark base color followed by lighter colors on the top. To give the overall a dirty grime look he uses brown enamel wash. Do check this out!
Also a few links that I got from searching Plamo threads ^^ about weathering. The sources are actually from an armor website Armorama.
Washing & Drybrushing Armor by Mike Taylor
Weathering Heresies by Paul Owen (Long detailed article ^^)
Also a weathering guide for star wars kit. I think this is much more applicable here in this case as the battle was fought in space. Source starwarsmodel.com
Weathering & detailing modelling techniques – more on space related weathering ^^
This write up will be more of a work in progress. Hope to add more stuff to this research hee as I dig out more from the web ^^. Research can be really fun haha.
Till the next post!