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Custom Nendoroids for Beginners Part 3Custom Nendoroids for Beginners Part 3

NOTE: THE PHOTOGRAPHS DO NOT APPEAR. I WILL BE DOING AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS TUTORIAL WITH NEW PHOTOGRAPHS WHEN I DO MY NEXT CUSTOM


Custom Nendoroids for Beginners - Part 3 - Painting


Previous Parts:
Part 1 - Introduction, Gathering Parts, and Equipment and Materials
Part 2 - Alterations


So close to the finish line now, but I think the next part is probably the most time consuming part of them all - painting.

Sadly, it's far from the fastest part of the entire experience.

Priming

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First off, you're going to need whatever you're going to paint, and some masking tape. Use the masking tape to cover anything that you don't want to paint. Note: it doesn't always work as well as you want it to, as you'll see later in this tutorial.

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Cover it like so, and use multiple layers.

Next up, you'll need the primer. This stuff was less than £10, and seems to be pretty good, both from my experience, and reviews I found. Personally, I loved it. Not sure if it's available in other countries, but I 100% recommend it if you're in the UK. It's also a massive bottle.

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You'll also need gloves, a face mask, and some old clothes, just in case the primer goes anywhere you don't want it to. And you definitely want to do this part outside - this stuff stinks.

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This is the set up I use - nothing fancy, just a big piece of cardboard that I can put the pieces on without worrying about marking anything I don't want to.

For this one, you spray it from about 30cm, and it gives you a nice even coating.

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This is what it should look like after you're done.

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Painting

This is the bit that's a lot more fun. Now, just a little note before I go on to the painting - I cheaped out on the masking tape and used the stuff that had been sitting in the toolbox for who knows how long. Long story short, it ended up coming up at the end, so I ended up painting the bottom part of the hair again.

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For painting, you'll need paints (obviously), and brushes. I bought two sets of brushes - one set for the larger parts, and one small set for details.

When it comes to paints, there are a lot out there. The first set I tried (for the small ribbons pictured up there) were Revell ones, but I really didn't like them. It turned out to be too thick before the addition of any water, and ridiculously watery with just a drop or two.

I ended up using Vallejo matte acrylic model paints.

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r634/TitanScientist/Tutorial/Painting_zpstuk1jovk.jpg

Here's my basic set up:
- black and white paints
- red, blue, green, and yellow paints
- a variety of other colours.
- cardboard to stop the paint from getting on the desk/work surface
- paintbrushes pictured about
- two pots of water - one for cleaning the brushes, one for thinning the paints

Now, just a warning - you will have to mix a lot of paint before you get the colour that you're wanting. And you only want to add a tiny bit of water at a time to thin it - dipping just the very tip of your brush in the water.

The following two photos show the variety of colours that I went through.

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http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r634/TitanScientist/Tutorial/After%20painting_zpscm5osnk2.jpg

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r634/TitanScientist/Tutorial/After%20painting%20-%20fresh_zps1zye4aw9.jpg

Surprisingly, brush marks weren't actually a major problem, despite what you've probably read (and what I've read.)


Sealing

For sealing, you need to bring back the face mask, old clothes, and gloves from the priming part. Here's my scabby hoodie and lovely purple gloves (what's the point of being a scientist if you can't take the occasional pair of gloves?)

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The instructions are pretty similar to the primer - spray from 30cm away. The big difference is that, contrary to the instructions, this stuff is touch dry very quickly. It was touch dry within ten minutes, although I let it dry for longer.

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And here's the end result after being sealed! The paint's a little bit messy, but I'm pretty pleased with it overall.

I hope this third part of my tutorial is helpful! The next part might not be up for a little while, but I'm looking forward to getting all my faceplates and everything together for it.

Part 4 - Finished product
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Titan_Scientist (1 year ago) #23488556Ah, fuck. I'll see if I can get the photos from photobucket (since I no longer have the originals.)
If not, I'll make a new, shorter one as I work on my Kayo custom.
no worries!! i look forward to reading about your next custom as i need tips for my own :p
1 year ago
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weeb (1 year ago) #23487356any chance you could reupload pics?D: stupid photobucket lol!

Ah, fuck. I'll see if I can get the photos from photobucket (since I no longer have the originals.)

If not, I'll make a new, shorter one as I work on my Kayo custom.
1 year ago
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any chance you could reupload pics?D: stupid photobucket lol!
1 year ago
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wonderful tutorial!
2 years ago
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Muntoe (2 years ago) #6043694Glad I'm not the only one who takes the occasional pair of latex gloves from work LOL. Great guide, it's effective and super easy to follow ^^ I look forward to seeing the final product.

Thanks. :) Yeah, I was in the lab the other day, and I figured these ones would be better than the old ones I used with the primer, which actually had holes in them. :P

Galaxia (2 years ago) #6044343Pretty good job with that undercut! I'm sure it was a bit difficult to work with.
I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product! Jean's my favorite and I've been really needing wanting a nendo for him.


Thanks! :) I was pretty lucky with the hair I'd chosen, since the bottom was shorter than the rest of the hair from the beginning, and I wanted to do Jean's more recent haircut rather than the one with the full undercut.

Jean's probably my second favourite (it probably isn't difficult to guess my favourite), and I've been needing more merchandise for him since I started looking at SnK merch (whyyy is the RAH so expensive and exclusive?!). Hopefully we'll get more soon (nendoroid, figma, Brave Act figure), but I just had to have him as the first custom I made that required a lot of work.
2 years ago
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Pretty good job with that undercut! I'm sure it was a bit difficult to work with.

I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product! Jean's my favorite and I've been really needing wanting a nendo for him.
2 years ago
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Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Glad I'm not the only one who takes the occasional pair of latex gloves from work LOL. Great guide, it's effective and super easy to follow ^^ I look forward to seeing the final product.
2 years ago
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Titan_Scientist (2 years ago) #6043414Thank you!
I really like that topcoat, although it's pretty easy to overdo it - the ribbons that can be seen on the cardboard up there ended up very shiny which, thankfully, isn't a problem because they're ribbons and nothing important. I do like that it only needs one coat before you're ready to go, rather than multiples. As it is, the hair is only a little bit shinier than my Eren nendoroid's hair.
Oh, no! I think I got pretty lucky with this primer - there were a few spots of primer rather than the even spray from where I didn't take a break to shake it when I should have, but the paint still went on smoothly, even when I had to put on multiple coats. I definitely recommend it.


You're very welcome! I've definitely learned my lesson by saying less is more and even if it does need a few more coats after the first light one, it's better than being stuck with a shiny figure for good lol

Yeah, I'll definitely give the primer you're using a shot whenever I get the money together. I feel spray ones always come out better than the brush on ones anyways. Even after sanding the primer I used it was still all blegh.

Thanks for the reply and have a good one!
2 years ago
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Corrupted-Mirror (2 years ago) #6043400I'm really looking forward to seeing the end result with this. Also, very informative. It's nice seeing someone from the UK for once so I can actually use the stuff they're using lol I also have that topcoat stuff, I ended up spraying a little too much on one of my repainted figures though and sadly it just ended up shiney for good lol You probably already know not to spray too much of it anyway, unlike my dumb ass XD
I actually might buy that primer, because the primer I had was just literally awful. It made the brush strokes show up more and the whole finish just rough and bumpy. It wasn't a spray on one though so I'll probably give the one you're using a shot. Thanks for showing this progress again, I enjoyed reading it!


Thank you!

I really like that topcoat, although it's pretty easy to overdo it - the ribbons that can be seen on the cardboard up there ended up very shiny which, thankfully, isn't a problem because they're ribbons and nothing important. I do like that it only needs one coat before you're ready to go, rather than multiples. As it is, the hair is only a little bit shinier than my Eren nendoroid's hair.

Oh, no! I think I got pretty lucky with this primer - there were a few spots of primer rather than the even spray from where I didn't take a break to shake it when I should have, but the paint still went on smoothly, even when I had to put on multiple coats. I definitely recommend it.
2 years ago
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I'm really looking forward to seeing the end result with this. Also, very informative. It's nice seeing someone from the UK for once so I can actually use the stuff they're using lol I also have that topcoat stuff, I ended up spraying a little too much on one of my repainted figures though and sadly it just ended up shiney for good lol You probably already know not to spray too much of it anyway, unlike my dumb ass XD

I actually might buy that primer, because the primer I had was just literally awful. It made the brush strokes show up more and the whole finish just rough and bumpy. It wasn't a spray on one though so I'll probably give the one you're using a shot. Thanks for showing this progress again, I enjoyed reading it!
2 years ago
Great Figure, Amazing Service, Fantastic Price!

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