Gaijin Gunpla

I’ve previously shown how I’ve been painting the visible lame gold parts of the frame, well now I get to show the first round of painting on the armor parts. My HG Strike Freedom was used as a guinea pig on which to test the paint strategy. More than anything I wanted to use it to see how the different shades of red I picked up contrast together.

The Tamiya Bright Red was a little brighter than expected but it turned out well. It contrasts nicely with the Mr. Hobby Red and the Tamiya Italian Red.

In order to get at the first batch of parts that would be painted, I had to disassemble the mighty Mech.

And I also disassembled the head to get at the one red piece that is used in its construction.

Giving me the a pile of parts that needed to be primed.


For this batch of parts I opted to use White Primer, and while waiting for it to dry I assembled the last part of the kit I had yet to do – the Beam Sabers.

I am debating whether or not to remove the seam line. The fit is pretty tight so maybe it won’t be too noticeable. That said, this is a Perfect Grade built for a specific high-level Group Build so maybe I should go all out.

I also sprayed the Dragoon frame parts with the Tamiya Gold.

Not having much left in the can I decided to first spray the frame parts I knew would show under the armor. Then I reassembled the Dragoons to find out if my guess was correct.


With the armor on I can see that I should have just sprayed everything.



So I took them apart and that is what I did.

By the next day the parts were ready for paint. I sprayed three types of red, being sure to keep the parts separate so as not to confuse them, and 24 hours later I sprayed flat topcoat. This gundam ain’t gonna be shiny. Once I was sure the topcoat was dry I started reassembling the torso to evaluate the reds and also prepare for the next round of painting.


With all this paint going on, Kira sure looks plain in all white.


The white parts you see on the torso are actually just primed. No white painting has been done yet.

And I just had to reassemble the head, even though it wasn’t really necessary.

Impressed with the results so far I took it to work to get some high quality, photoshop-useable shots with which to plan out phase 2. Looking at the large pictures I can see how the reds are contrasting.

Oh ya!

Courage as of June 14, 2011

Categories: Builds, Courage

7 Responses so far.

  1. Tom says:

    Suddenly, the blue looks out of place with the red torso. XD
    Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got up your sleeve.

  2. Dennis says:

    That looks better then the “normal” version. I can’t wait to see it finished.

  3. Gundam Gunso says:

    This colour scheme looks way better than the original version, can’t wait to see the next phase of the work XD

  4. Yuri Barbosa Ordeste says:

    Is Syd doing a Canada color scheme O: ? And the wings will be the leaf of the flag?

  5. Zeta Newtype says:

    You tend to remind us how awesome red can be, good job again!

  6. fury-s12 says:

    i like where this one is going 🙂

  7. sonar says:

    Those reds work seamlessly, contrasting just enough to provide depth but not so much as to diminish the desired outcome. Good work.

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