|Stage 0: figure in the package.|
I took my figure out of the package and took him apart as best I could. He was so beefy I named him Alex Armstrong, after the character in Full Metal Alchemist, a series my friend Matt is a huge fan of. In the show, Lt. Armstrong is a ridiculously over muscled and overly emotional agent of the government and ally to the two main characters of the series, the young brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric. There was something in the figure's sculpt that struck me as a little flamboyant (especially if it was painted red) and that a character like this might himself too seriously, and that made me think of Lt. Armstrong.
|Stage 1: figure disassembled.|
And then I got out the spray paint. This did not go as well as I had hoped.
|Step 2: not the look I was going hoping for.|
I went to the hobby store and purchased some acrylic paint and some brushes. I had read online about doing a base coat of a light or dark color to make things really stand out, but I wasn't sure which way to go- light or dark. Since the figure was already red to begin with, I thought I would just keep that up and painted the entire guy, his head and his webgear red.
It didn't look too cool.
|Done! Paint applied and ready to go.|
When I was happy with how things looked, I spray painted it with clear spray paint. I had read on the web that this would protect the painted colors from wear over time. However, about 24 hours after spray pointing the figure, I noticed that a lot of the black layers had cracked a bit, resulting in red from below showing through. I did some repainting and fixed it up.
I was also worried about heating the head up again with hot water to make it flexible enough to pop back on the body. My acrylic paints, when wet, we water soluble. Would they stay on if the paint was dry? Did it make a difference if the water was hot? I did more research and found out the hair dryers also do the trick. I propped the head on the end of a pencil and held it in front of my wife's hair dryer for a minute or two, and it softened up perfectly, and fit right back on the body. No need to worry about messing up the paint job with water.
Until next time, have a good one.