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Repainting my Bandai Echidna!Repainting my Bandai Echidna!Tutorial

luvreigenluvreigen15 dag(en) geleden
Hey y'all!! Gonna be showing the process of fixing the horrid paint job on my Bandai Echidna figure here!! This is marked as a Tutorial lol but I've never done this before so take what I do with that in mind and a grain of salt please :]

So a little back story on this greedy lady (pun intended) figure that I got! Picked her up for a pretty cheap price at an anime store near me, got her for about $30, opened her at home and...honestly i wasn't super mad at the horrid paint job, since I knew i'd just end up trying to fix her up myself, plus i had the extra bonus of not worrying or caring too much if i messed her up...bc again...30 bucks, so i figured there was no harm in trying!
Her and her errors seen below:
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As clearly seen, It's mainly her skirt that is super fucked up, paint isn't in straight lines, black spots on her skirt where they shouldn't be black, just overall not super nice. I also hate the yellow on the bottom of her base, it gives the grass some okay depth, but overall is just a piss ugly color, so ill be fixing up the borders of the base to hide it! (again though....i got her for 30 bucks so whatevs, i cant complain too much about the quality!!)
Using the limited experience in garage kits that I have, my okay-ish materials, and some paint, i'm gonna fix her skirt and base!

Starting off straight away with the White Tamiya Fine Surface Primer I have. I didn't spray it straight on since i didn't want to make the whole figure sticky, i'm only going to be painting one part of it. I sprayed it into an old sectioned container where my paint would also go, and just hand-painted it on (seen below)
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2022/05/13/3099465.jpeg
i got this primer for garage kits that i'm working on, and since i didnt want to strip the paint before painting (i read that it would simply strip the plastic as well) painting over the messed up areas seemed like the best idea. I'm not super picky about bumps or uneven spaces (considering i did it myself for the first time) if there are any when i'm done!
p.s. before I started painting, i diluted the paint with water, as it would go on smoother and with less streaks, diluting it down to a milky consistency! (seen below)
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2022/05/13/3099476.jpeg

aaaaand we simply start painting!!
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This is my first round of painting her skirt, I'm still going to go in another time and really fix up the colors so they look as seamless as possible! At this point i've pretty much just fixed up how uneven the skirt was in general, but it still needs some more work

aaaand 1 day later after school and a few hours of my shaky hands trying to perfect the lines and painting around the folds of her skirt, we have a pretty decent fix (for my first time painting any kind of figure) of her skirt!!
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i'm pretty proud of myself for this ngl, especially it being my first time!
now to add a matte finishing spray, again sprayed into my handy sectioned container and simply hand-painted it on! I'm using Mr. Super Clear Matte Spray!! (ill show the final results at the end!)

Now onto the ugly piss yellow base!!!
To begin, I really didn't understand the reason for having a lighter color at the bottom of the base??? you'd expect that the lighter colors would be at the top, kind of how light works irl??? but whatevs, basically i'm going to be painting over the ugly yellow borders with a darker green, and then trying to spread it into the actual base, so the color difference isn't so stark, kinda making a gradient.

First we Prime again, same materials, same method
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To achieve the gradient look, I used a little less watered down paint to paint the borders, then went in with a more watered down paint and spread that around the outside areas of the base. I let it sit for a few minutes, and then simply used a bit of toilet paper to remove and wipe off the watery paint. Spread it a bit more around with my fingers until i was satisfied with the end look and ta-da! (see below)
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2022/05/14/3099710.jpeg
honestly the base took me about 20 minutes to do, pretty simple. Used the same finishing spray, this time directly spraying it over the whole top of the base to make sure everything was sealed and even, and all done!!

Final results:
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I think i did pretty good for my first time ever painting a figure with little to no guidance, and i'm satisfied!! Not the smoothest or straightest paint job ever, but it's better than what the original figure had! Although it may seem like small alterations in comparison to whole color palette changes, i'm proud of myself regardless!

I hope you all enjoyed this just as much as I enjoyed making this!! If there's any tips or details i should know please lmk!!! always happy to receive feedback and some constructive criticism :D

P.S. I still very much hate her hair, so if i ever figure out how to deal with that, i'll have another one of these going up!
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Can you do me a favour OP and send me the full size Rei image you attached to this article lmao
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flyingteapot13 dag(en) geleden#109575230This was more informative than I hoped, thank you! I feel like I learned a thing or two. Would you consider making video tutorials as well? For people like me who aren't familiar with the fine details of these processes, it would be helpful to see the motions while reading on the side. ^^
Very cool work~
Hi!!! I'm very flattered to hear that this was helpful and you learned a thing or two! I am a full time student though, so I doubt that video tutorials would be something I can take time to do consistently, but I have and will consider something of the sort when I do have more time :D For now though, I'd suggest taking a look at "Leona's Workshop" and "plumworkshop" on youtube, twitch, and their websites! A large deal of the information and stuff I've learned to do this was from them!! Thank you again!
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This was more informative than I hoped, thank you! I feel like I learned a thing or two. Would you consider making video tutorials as well? For people like me who aren't familiar with the fine details of these processes, it would be helpful to see the motions while reading on the side. ^^
Very cool work~
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LemonMIntCat15 dag(en) geleden#109530793The base looks a lot better with the green color gradient, she looks very cute!nihilistplatypus15 dag(en) geleden#109530802The base looks so much better! And nice job on the skirt touch ups :)plasticizer15 dag(en) geleden#109530822The base looks much better now with the dark edge gradient.
As for tips: masking tape to get the clean edges and moving around a glob of thinned paint with a brush and letting it dry is better than brushing on the paint (if you want to avoid brush marks).

thank u guys sm!!! :D and i appreciate the advice and i'll def try that my next time around!
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plasticizer very mild
The base looks much better now with the dark edge gradient.

As for tips: masking tape to get the clean edges and moving around a glob of thinned paint with a brush and letting it dry is better than brushing on the paint (if you want to avoid brush marks).
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The base looks so much better! And nice job on the skirt touch ups :)
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The base looks a lot better with the green color gradient, she looks very cute!
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