Hello fellow gunpla builders....
Well, what can I say, I have a surprise for you all. The hummingbird has been very quiet in the gunpla front but not anymore. As you all know, I have taken a long break from gunpla and are going back to my root form of modelling; armoured fighting vehicles. A lot of my close friends didn't want to see me completely forsake gunpla and also, I wanted to paint and weather a grunt suit but I didn't have any grunt suit. That's when my friend Simon / GundamUK comes in. He sent me his GM Sniper so that it will serve both of the condition I just mentioned. I think of this as a free commision though, haha.
As you all know, I have been building so many tanks and weathering a lot of them and I wanted to put the same skills I acquired from going back into my root modelling back into gunpla. Simon gave me absolutely freedom on what to do so the first thing was to figure out the camo scheme.
I considered a lot of camo scheme, Nato-three tone, German panzer 3 tone, Soviet Summer, Russian 3 tone, and the MERDC among other things. As most of the camo I considered are only 3 tone, I omitted them and decided to go for the 4 tone MERDC scheme.
If you all are wondering what the MERDC ( US Mobility Equipment Research & Design Command ), this is how it looks like -
And here is a little history of the scheme.
In the 1970s, the US Mobility Equipment Research & Design Command (MERDC) developed a system of camouflage patterns for US Army vehicles. These consisted of a set of standardized patterns for each vehicle, to be used with a set of twelve colours. The local terrain conditions and colours decided which of the paints were to be used, and on which parts of a vehicle. Then, if conditions altered, for example by a change in the weather, or by the unit moving into a new area of operations, the scheme could be quickly adjusted to suit them by replacing only one or two colours by different ones.
For example, if a vehicle was painted in the US & European winter scheme, which had a dark green and a medium brown as its predominant colours, and it started to snow, by overpainting either the green or the brown with white, one of the two snow schemes could be created. This gave a high degree of flexibility, though in practice it was hardly ever actually made use of—most vehicles were painted in one scheme and kept that.
Any of the MERDC schemes could be found with either hard edges (hand-painted) or soft edges (spray-painted) to the colour patches. Soft-edged patterns seem to be more common, however, probably because it takes less time to spray a tank than it does to spray the tank and then touch up the edges.
I can't remember the colour I used. The green was a mix of 4 or 5 greens and the brown was Brown+JGSDF Brown ( which made it very chocolaty ). The black is just normal black and the tan is a mix of wodden deck tan and deck tan. I have been criticised negatively ( and called an idiot ) as the colours are a little bit off but it was from a guy who have never built any military stuffs and not to mention it all tie down together with the subsequent layers of weathering. And most importantly, Simon loved how all the colours looked ( regardless of him having little experiences in the camo field. He's great at painting so he knows what he's talking about ). All in all, that know-it-all dbag who called me an idiot can get bent as I delivered a kit that far exceeded the owner's own expectation ( sorry to rant but I feel like letting it out )
The weathering scheme/scenario for this baby is to show a veteran mobile suit operating in a forest, thick foliage area from spring to autumn. Because of the weather condition, I decided to put on a lot of streakings to show rain marks accumulated from extended periods of operating in the fields. As these guys knees a lot to use their weapons, I decided to heavily stain the knee with dried earth and mud. The feet and ankle are weathered to show that this guy have been travelling through rivers and streams of different dept. My shishou ( master ) Derick did point out that I was thinking too much as how a human feet would look like when I did that and it looked a little bit wrong. I do agree with him but I aready fixed them with pigment fixer so I didn't want to ruin all the way down to the paint layers removing them.
The chippings are done in four layers; a lightened tone of the base green colour, inside it is the hull red-dark brown primer colour and inside it is the bare metal colour. The streakings are done by by oil and streaking product from AK interactive. I did not put on any rust as I am certain the metal that this thing is made of doesn't corrode ( according to the lore that is )
Here's the all around view -
And some shots of the decals -
Here is how the decals are broken down :
Left shoulder is the unit number, right shoulder is the division insignia, left chest is the brigade insignia and the right chest is the battalion number and the one on the skirt is the production number.
The yellow rings around the right arms are kill marks rings, inspired by the kill marks found on the German tank barrels.
Per the norm from me, here's a number of poses -
Most importantly, I'm so happy to hear that Simon regard this very highly. You can check out what Simon think on this video. Go give his page a like and subscribe to his channel as well. He's one of the best gunpla builder in the UK.
There may have been some mistake ( big or small ) that I made but still this is a little bit better then how I usually paint Gunpla... LOL ( I suck at painting in gunpla). Even with the flaws, I am happy to see this came out like this.
My utmost gratitude to Simon for providing me with the kit and purpose to model a gunpla again and my thanks to my friends, Kamm, Pawel, Jeff, Justin, Derick, Geeyan, Jerome, Paul and Thanos for supporting me all through out this project ( and when I was called an idiot). Thank you so much guys .. for keeping the gunpla flame alive in my heart.
Until the next launch.. ( and yes, I am still building gunpla)