I had big plans going into this project, even though it was only the 3rd kit I had ever done. I loved the designs of the Graze mobile suits from the Iron-Blooded Orphans series and thought they looked very reptilian in nature. I pictured a unit of 4-5 figures, all with a unique look and role in their squad, painted up in various greens to blend into a jungle setting. I would give them eyes so that their enemies would think they were doing battle with monsters rather than machines.
With my grand vision in mind I started to think about how to achieve the look I wanted. So first I decided on a color scheme. I really enjoy painting with AK interactive colours and was lucky enough to find the perfect pair of greens to work with (Intense green AK 4242, Interior green RC 078). Once I had those figured out I settled on the rest seen in the picture below.
I had tried some weathering techniques in that past on the Gundam Age HG Adele, mainly going ham with Tamiya weathering pigment as well as some paint on sponge, but I found my skills a bit lacking being it was the first kit I ever did. This time I decided to try out some chipping fluid and see if I could achieve the realistic paint chipping I had seen demonstrated in many great Youtube tutorials.
I used some Pledge floor care to clear coat the frame to try and keep it a bit shiny and I used Mr.Hobby premium flat to clear coat the rest. Once that was done it was onto my favorite part, water slide decals! I attempted to damage the decals before as well as after placing them to go with the beaten up chipped look of the kit, but it was a real pain, so I opted to keep decals to a minimum. I figured the off white stripes I painted on helped give it more detail anyway.
The eye decals are what really completed the figure though, and made it look like some menacing creature who would silently stalk its prey from behind dense jungle. This member of the Graze unit is the close combat specialist, armed with dual axes and thick armor. Stay tuned to see the rest of his comrades come to life!
I really enjoyed seeing this kit come to life and learning about how the chipping fluid worked and such. For the 3rd kit I have completed, I am pleased at what I was able achieve. It may not be exactly the slimy creature I had imagined, but it definitely works and embodies the feel I set out for. I am excited to work on the next Graze.