Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HG Grimoire Basic Part 5: Detailing

In this the final part of the HG Grimoire start to finish series I will demonstrate some of the tricks that you can use to add that extra level of detail to your kits.

A lot of my favorite marks, stains and grime on this kit are the result of happy accidents and multiple reapplications. Weathering can be very rewarding if you don't expect to get results immediately with your first application.

HG Grimioire


Before I get started I realize many of you may be wondering:

"Hey Dan, where's episode 5? I want to see how you did the weathering!"

The short answer is, I'm still working on the video, reviewing, editing and compressing it. However I did not want to keep everyone (doubly so for the commission winner Mike) waiting for the final product!

Obviously this has a custom scheme, and I've weathered the appearance to make it look weather beaten and used. I tried some new weathering techniques like washing parts with white washes and adding stains and textured mud. All together I'm pleased with the model!

If you like this kit and would also like to support me consider purchasing this model from the link below. Every purchase through my Amazon links help's me significantly and doesn't cost you a dime!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

1/72 Tie starfighter


Star Wars was hugely important to 10 year old me. It was the reason every time I picked up a stick it was a Light Saber, and every time I rode my bike really fast I was on speeder bike flying through Endor. I watched the movies every holiday, every sleepover and ever time I visited my grandparents.

The first models I ever built as a were Star Wars kits made by mpc, and I ruined scores of them. Unlike my love of the franchise, I've mostly outgrown ruining kits...


The Tie starfighter/LN was deigned by Seinar Flight Systems; the TIE in the name stands for Twin Ion Engines.

Unlike the Rebel Y and X wings, Tie starfighters had very basic equipment and lacked the shields, hyper drives and even life support systems of their Rebel foes. Tie starfighters were used en mass and were as much of a symbol of the Empire's power as the much large and more devastating Star Destroyer flag ships.  

Kit Info:

This is the new 1/72 Tie starfighter currently being produced by Bandai, and overall it's a great model. There's tons of detail molded into this kit and the build is just as simple as most high grade Gundam kits. I don't have the experience to be able to tell you how accurate the model is to the studio scale designs during filming, but I can say it perfectly fits the image in my brain that I have of this starfighter. 

This kit was built and painted over the course of about 4 days. The paint scheme features several layers of very light shading, masking for the hatch, cockpit and different panel colors on the hull and a black filter to show weathering. Decal work was limited to just the basic water slides included in the kit.

If you're interested in picking up this or other kits consider purchasing through the Amazon links on my site. Every purchase you make helps me out tremendously and doesn't cost you a dime!


Monday, July 13, 2015

TGG & Friends live stream 7/14/15

Just a reminder that tomorrow around 6 PM PST Those Gundam Guys and Friends will be hosting another live streaming event on youtube.

I will be on the stream along with a gaggle of very talented modelers. Come and hang out with us!

You can watch the stream here:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

GGD talks about his paint setup 11 minutes


Badger 80-2 Whirlwind


Badger Patriot 105
Badger Krome 


Needle Juice
Masking Fine
Masking Basic
Alligator Clips
Mr. Thinner
Mr. Color


Artograph 2025

HG Grimorie Start to Finish Part 4: Basic Priming, Shading, Painting and Masking.

In part 3 I demonstrated techniques to correct and improve the base kit. In this post I will demonstrate techniques to prepare the kit for painting, priming, shading and topcoat. Like the prior section modelers should use paint their kits based on their aesthetic preferences, tools and materials. This kit will be painted using my airbrushes, if you do not have an airbrush spray cans can create a comparable finish.

Apologies in advance some videos and photos were lost.


Bamboo Skewers and Alligator clips


The key to a great paint job is begins with good preparation. I disassembled the kit into it's component parts and placed them into my part cleaner. You can make your own part cleaner cheaply and easily by following this tutorial. Removing all of the plastic dust, mold release and oils from your fingers should improve primer adhesion and provide a smoother finish. I typically wash parts using dish soap like palmolive; afterwards I will rinse them several times with water before allowing them to dry completely. To dry the pieces I spread them out evenly over and old t-shirt and left the parts to dry overnight.

Before picking up a brush to start painting take a few minutes to think about the order you are going to paint parts and colors. Optimizing the paint order before starting will save you time and paint.

When priming and painting, I keep all of my parts to be painted, paints, thinners, etc by my airbrush on the right side of the spray booth, and a drying space on the left. This keeps everything organized, close at hand and creates a flow from unpainted on the right to painted on the left.


I use Mr Surfacer 1200 primer for my kits, it's a good compromise between smooth finish and filling power. I mix the surfacer up with Mr. Thinner until I get the mixture to the consistency of 2% milk. I mix both together in a spare primer bottle, the manufacturer does not recommend doing this, however I have not personally experienced any negative consequences.

Priming parts will help to reveal all of the tiny defects in your finish. I compiled a mental list while priming the parts that need to be touched up. I sanded down the rough areas, filled any recesses with Mr. Dissolved and re-primed them. Don't be afraid to redo this step multiple times to get a clean finish.


I started with a shaded base coat, this is an easy way to create a more visually interesting final paint scheme. The goal of the shading on this model is to create some variances in the final color scheme to help the seasoned or weathered appearance of the model.

I am applying a black shade from the bottom of the kit. The goal of applying the shade in this way is to enhance the areas that would be in shadow assuming there is an overhead light source. To make the shadows appear more consistent I shaded areas in sub assemblies, legs, feet, chest, etc.

After the shading was completed I mixed the colors requested for the commission. I quickly found out while painting that the shading didn't show very well once painted. I will correct this in the next step.

Here I used the base color plus a pinch of white to create a highlight. I applied the highlight in a similar manner as the shadow shading, but working from the top down. Between the highlight and the shadows I think I will have a very good base to work off for the filter in the next post.


For basic tips on masking refer to to this tutorial here:

In the next post I am going to apply the last few details to the kit like lining, decals, top coat and a filthy wash to give the kit a grimy lived in feel.