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Stripped and rebuilt all my old mechas; the old painting style is not sufficient in my opinion to display the conversion, as well, the posing is not interesting and mobile as I wanted.
This is the new version.
Thinking about the colour scheme at the moment, and considering using the Hyaku Shiki Style (links below, if you haven't seen it). However, not sure whether to leave the battledress (Nightbringer half) black, or make the entire mech gold.
Because I'm using a gold spray and just highlighting the extremely top parts with gold-silver, it won't have as much depth as I want. I tried using the brush on from Vallejo of gold and Citadel as well, but the coverage is not as appealing as I like.
So battledress - black, or gold?
Thoughts in general too
I painted up a broken CSM with test colours (attached below).
The black bottom looks kinda bad, I think I would prefer to use the full colour scheme.
I think I'll definitely use the black base and underbody (between plates, etc).
Not sure how to break up the gold dress if I do make it full gold... I actually bought a gold spray, and I like how the colour turned out, so I think I will really stick with that rich and beautiful look, but not sure how to make it look a bit more interesting, at less one piece.
I like the brown one, the sort of tan colour scheme. The gold is a little in-your-face and personally I don't think it looks like as much work goes into it. Also the tan look will as you paint it give you more options as to how it develops while you are painting. In other words as you paint you may think that a certain method will add to it, gold doesn't give you as much flexibility.
Hyaki Shiki's gold plating is pretty striking. It was also the only mobile suit to have that colorscheme, wasn't an AEUG standard or anything. I think the all-gold would be better for a single 'special character' unit.
Though with that mecha design, gold might not turn out so great. It's more organic looking than the Hyaki Shiki
but then, bugs can be gold too
Another thought on your conversion, the gun and the hands. Wraithlord hands are pretty big. Their original form was to be stand alone weapons that punch and tear, with guns mounted on the forearms, seeing it hold a gun is not too unusual a conversion, but I always found they were best bare handed, since they were already sculpted that way.
Like the new Wraithlord, it has smaller forearms now because it has the option to carry a sword or hold a heavy weapon like a rifle.
Wraithlords now have arms like Wraithguard, who also hold large guns. When Wraithguard were Ghost Warriors, their forearms were larger since they were their primary weapons, housed guns, and did not hold guns.
It's the same with Gundams. the ones with forearms larger than their upper arms usually don't hold anything in them, but are weapons themselves.
Acguy, Gog, Hygog, Z'gock, Quebely all have very large forearms/hands, and their weapons are built into their hands.
the large shoulders on your mecha, and big hands reminds me of Qubely a bit actually.
Though this thread was just about painting, seeing it again and thinking of the colorscheme jjust made me think even more about the design.
Last edited by LostZaku; July 3rd, 2007 at 22:33.
Wow, I actually didn't realize the resemblance to Qubeley until you linked that pic...
The upper body looks almost identical!... it's like Qubeley + Neue Ziel...
Anyways, I have sprayed it with the gold, it turned out quite nicely actually, the coverage and depth of colour in the Tamiya sprays is completely unlike anything I worked with before in Citadel's range.
I'll post pics after I put the black underbody detailing / red gems / blue stripes on.