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A Mermaid Garage Kit - Painting Wakasagihime from Touhou ProjectA Mermaid Garage Kit - Painting Wakasagihime from Touhou ProjectDiary

EsmeAllanEsmeAllan3 months ago
Hi again! I'm back once more for another Garage Kit article. I’ve been looking forward to posting this one a lot! :)

However, unfortunately, before we get into it, for the sake of being transparent, have a statement to make -

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The kit I am working on here, is a recast. Please don't kill me for this.

That's all. At the time I bought her, I was already very shifty about recasts but still somewhat inexperienced in kits. This was about a year ago and I'd say nowadays I look even less favourably at them, but I adored this kit and could find it nowhere. It took me months to snap and buy her from an online store I will not name.

I will admit I saw the original once on Suruga-ya not too long ago but 1 - it was 25,000 yen which, erm, is more than I've ever spent on a kit and 2 - I was already halfway through painting my recast when I saw her! I do apologise if anyone is put off of my article because of this, but hey, these posts are about painting and assembling kits, the origin of the kit shouldn’t make too much difference. I just thought it was my responsibility to share that I am not working on the original kit here.

Of course all the credit goes to the original sculptor for this wonderful model! They did an amazing job and If I could have I would have loved to have bought this kit directly from them at the events it was sold.



Welp, with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get into the process of making this Garage Kit.

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The prep for this one was very minimal which was nice. The main thing that took time was sanding away the seams of the clear resin. So far in my experience making kits, I've not actually had any clear resin which required sanding so I never realised how woefully unsuitable my sandpaper was for the job. All my stuff was way too coarse so I bought some finer stuff and I must say, it's great. I feel a bit silly for not having twigged I should be using a much wider range of sandpaper than I had been so far until now (it's only been, what? A year? :P) but it's been great. No more nasty scratched up resin for me. Anyways, after a bit of sanding and pinning pieces together I could assemble her to see what she looked like!

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The clear resin is wonderfully not yellowed at all. Even unpainted, you can really appreciate the effort that was put into the composition of this one. She’s gorgeous at every angle! Just like last time, I decided to paint the face and eyes first.

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I tried a bit of hand-painting again. No slapping on paint this time. I built up the layers slowly.

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I did the hands at the same time. After adding the skin tone I very carefully added details like fingernails and Wakasagihime's fangs which I used a shiny silver paint for. I wanted to make her a fierce(ish) mermaid!

Now it was time to switch to the Airbrush again. I had to do the clear parts. Whilst spraying them, I wrapped some scrap fabric around some of the parts I didn't want to accidentally spray paint on. It took a lot of careful movement to get the parts just how I wanted. The idea with the tail was to have the water to become clear after the fin. I was concentrating a lot on this, so unfortunately I got no photos!

The bits are a little spotty, but I'm glad they turned out okay. Originally I was thinking of leaving the water that acts as her base clear but I thought a little bit of blue added to it. After this, I knew I had to move onto the clothes. After a bit of thinking, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but wasn’t too sure if I was willing to take on the task. I wanted to replicate the pattern of Wakasagihime’s original art:

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I quickly chose, sensibly, to simplify the pattern quite a bit, just keeping the main flower shape.

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I layered lots of masking tape on top of more masking tape. The idea was that I could then cut out a lot of shapes in one go so I didn’t need to cut out what I estimated would need to be around 70 of these things. Then I could peel them off one by one. This plan worked somewhat, although separating the individual layers of masking tape was a pain. But first, I had to paint the clothes with the colour I wanted the pattern to stay:

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I put some tape over the frilly edges of the clothing before painting.

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I did some gradients. The main colour of the clothing will have a gradient too. I thought it would make the pattern nicer by having it also change colour. It’s not the smoothest colour change, but that shouldn’t matter too much when most of the clothes have been painted their final colour. After letting this dry, it was time to add all those little bits of masking tape. It took some time to arrange them in an even number.

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I did the same to her sleeves and torso. Then it was time to add the main colour.

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I tried hard to make the paint look as smooth as I could. Each layer of her has a darker shade of green. With all the painting done, it was time for the really satisfying part, taking off all the masking tape.

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Man, I love doing that...

I think they turned out very nice and clean, which is great to see! There are a few places that could do with some touching up, but it turned out pretty so I’m happy I chose to do this pattern. With some of the paint colour remaining from the darker layer of the dress, I sprayed a coat onto her hair, then I did the rest of the hair via hand painting.

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It’s a very pleasant aqua green/blue.

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There were a few smaller parts to hand-paint, but after that I was ready for assembly. I should mention I was very thorough about varnishing the clear parts in particular - this should help them not to yellow in the future.

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Assembly was fun and simple. Just layering the parts on top of each other and then slotting the torso in. I did not actually glue the head in. It rests very snugly in its peg on top and I just didn’t see the need to glue it. Well, it’s time to share the finished result!

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And here she is! I just love the clear parts on this one so much. Though not a huge kit, the water effects and pose making her quite imposing. I feel the colours are suitable and that they add to the ‘watery’ atmosphere a lot. I left her little stones clear as I thought that complemented the other clear bits better.

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For now, she sits with another lake resident, Cirno, until I paint my other Touhou 14 kits, ITEM #1209839 and ITEM #435272. I am proud of this one. Whereas my Yuyuko was nice and I like what I did with the base etc. this one might just be my favourite kit I’ve made so far. I feel I utilised a lot of my skills I’ve acquired whilst making kits really well here. It makes me excited to continue improving with more kits in the future.

Thanks for reading! I hope you liked seeing me make this one. It was a real joy to work on. It’s a lot of fun to get a kit of a character that has no PVC figures completed and on display. With Ques Q’s Kokoro, ITEM #575705, and Griffon’s Parsee, ITEM #98939, on their way, I’ve had a lot of unique additions recently.

I wonder how many typos of 'Wakadagihime' 'Wakasagihime' there are that I haven't noticed in this article... :P

Until next time!

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Hey that's great that you did Wakasagihime,

I think Etanitiraruba from HSIFS and to a lesser extent Wakasagihime, are forgotten about, so props for you on making the kit.

Your work with putting the patterns on the clothing it looks really symmetrical and crisp. I know from building models masking is a lot of work and can be frustrating so props.

Also great work with melding the transparent water with her transparent fins and opaque body.

Her hair has really nice shading as well, you keep getting better with each of the kits which you construct and paint.

Great lighting with the photos at the bottom of the article.
2 months ago
kayannas3 months ago#99996787Looks so cool! I love the colors, especially the hair :DDD

Glad you liked how she turned out! The hair was actually really fun to paint!
3 months ago
LittlePisces3 months ago#99959382I'm a sucker for mermaids, so I had to read this! She'll look lovely next to the Little Mermaid figure by Myethos. Both girls also have clear water effects. ^_^
Your process on the pattern sure looked tedious. I honestly would've been stressed out at that stage. For something small it did turned out clean. :)
Edit: Out of curiosity, where did you buy the orb thing at?


Myethos's Little Mermaid is such a pretty figure! I think I'd really like to own it some day :D

Yeah, just over half way through doing the pattern I was starting to think 'why did I decide to do this, it's taking forever!' but I persevered and... It looks OK!

Weirdly, that orb thing I put in her hands for a bit came with ITEM #43990. There were a bunch of them in a little bag in her box and to this day I have no idea why??? Heheh.
3 months ago
Looks so cool! I love the colors, especially the hair :DDD
3 months ago
I'm a sucker for mermaids, so I had to read this! She'll look lovely next to the Little Mermaid figure by Myethos. Both girls also have clear water effects. ^_^

Your process on the pattern sure looked tedious. I honestly would've been stressed out at that stage. For something small it did turned out clean. :)

Edit: Out of curiosity, where did you buy the orb thing at?
3 months ago
ProbablyANinja3 months ago#99951597One alternative to painting the face would be printing a waterslide decal. You'd basically apply a gloss topcoat over the painted body parts, apply the decal, then apply another clear gloss top coat, then dull it down with a little clear matte top coat. Applying the topcoat works best with an airbrush, not a spray can.
If you're having trouble getting the decal to stay flat against the face, you can try a decal solvent too. Just don't use too much or the decal will break apart. There are plenty of tutorials online and places you can buy eye decals from.
I know for myself, my hand shakes so much that I could never paint small things accurately. I've experimented a bit with tattoo decals on one of my figures. They look pretty nice if you take your time and are careful.


Thanks for the information about alternative ways to do the face, useful. I've used decals on kits that came with them, so I have a general idea on how to deal with them, but I'd never really thought about using them on a kit that didn't specifically come with them... Honestly, I think that's because I had a bit of a concern that it would make their faces look a bit more 'generic' even if much, much cleaner looking. Though thinking about it now there's nothing stopping me from digitally drawing some eyes myself and using custom decal sheets... I think I will have to experiment with this in the future!

My hands are not the sturdiest either, I know how you feel. Recently I've been managing to minimise how much small details I've had to hand paint by experimenting with masking which has been good. Using decals a bit more regularly could definitely help even more, too.
3 months ago
One alternative to painting the face would be printing a waterslide decal. You'd basically apply a gloss topcoat over the painted body parts, apply the decal, then apply another clear gloss top coat, then dull it down with a little clear matte top coat. Applying the topcoat works best with an airbrush, not a spray can.

If you're having trouble getting the decal to stay flat against the face, you can try a decal solvent too. Just don't use too much or the decal will break apart. There are plenty of tutorials online and places you can buy eye decals from.

I know for myself, my hand shakes so much that I could never paint small things accurately. I've experimented a bit with tattoo decals on one of my figures. They look pretty nice if you take your time and are careful.
3 months ago
ichigosalad3 months ago#99911850she looks so cute!!! i love the water effects :D

:D The water really adds a lot! I especially like the way it's used to give her a unique base.
3 months ago
she looks so cute!!! i love the water effects :D
3 months ago
setokaibaswife3 months ago#99911782The pattern came out amazing, this is lovely!

Thank you so much! Really glad I did decide to take the time to do it. :)
3 months ago
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