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Looking back on my First Year of Painting Garage Kits.Looking back on my First Year of Painting Garage Kits.Diary

EsmeAllanEsmeAllan2 months ago
Well, it has now been approximately twelve months since my first Garage Kit painting article.

Wow, has that time has passed quick.

In this period of time I have painted 16 kits, which ain't bad at all. I've learnt a lot. So far, it's been a very interesting journey full of both a lot of fun and a lot of valuable experiences. So I thought it would be nice to have a little ramble about my experiences so far getting into the hobby! Especially as I'm not planning on doing anymore kit painting until earliest October.

The very beginning -

Back in late August, 2018, I bought my first garage kit. ITEM #56080. And, err... after buying a few things I was determined to get on with making the kit. No pinning, minimal sanding, I went straight onto applying the primer and got frustrated fast. Back then, I had decided to work out in the garden in the shed, so she sat in there for months untouched... Until THE SHED GOT BLOWN TO BITS BY THE WIND. After running around the garden grabbing all the stuff that I'd left in there the next day after the wind had died down, I went searching through the remains to find the parts of my poor Cirno kit. Amazingly, all was retrieved. I stared at her in my room for some time before deciding I really needed to get her painted. Armed with budget acrylics, I finally got to work... The whole process was chaos, with me making a mess of everything. Miraculously I managed to finish her:


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After my experience with this kit I was really unsure that I'd ever work on any more. But after a year or so, I found myself having ordered ITEM #23815. Now, I never actually posted pictures of this when I completed it. The experience was slightly less chaotic than on Cirno but Satori still caused me lots of issues and I wasn't too happy with how she turned out.

So after this one, I had decided that the hobby was not for me until I began to frequent Yahoo Auctions... There, I saw ITEM #97489. Looking back on it, I can't believe how close past me was to not picking this kit up. But I'm so glad I did. Working on this model of my favourite Tanuki girl, I had great fun.

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Of course, I still struggled a lot, but as I finished her and put her on my Touhou 13 shelf I knew that painting model kits was something I did want to get into. After that, it began...

And I started writing about them.

The past year -

I wont go into too much detail about these other kits, but if you are curious about how I felt at the time making them I've linked all of the articles about them. I debated whether or not to include this bit with all these pictures but in the end I thought it would be nice to have this post for future reference, for a quick glance at what I did this year.

Kaguya and Mokou (BLOG #46480)

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Though not exactly an amazing feat, these two were very important. It was the first time I'd decided to properly share my garage kit work, other than an odd photo here and there. After working on them and posting about them... I was ready to write more!

Aya (BLOG #46524)

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My first Zaki Brand kit. The start of an odd obsession with that manufacturer that is continuing to this day...

Yuuka (BLOG #46666)

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I'm still very fond of this one! My work is nothing special here at all but the alternative outfit is really pleasant to me.

Keine (BLOG #46706)

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By this point, I was starting to realise that I preferred working on scale kits as opposed to smaller ones. It was still fun making this one though. I really like her grumpy face.

Meirin (BLOG #46831)

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I took my love of custom bases a bit further here and on her braids started to understand the concept of not slapping a few thick layers of paint of and calling it a day.

Rumia (BLOG #46908)

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After this one, I was starting to get a little fed up with hand painting. I did probably almost ten layers of paint on the black parts for this one and still it looked a bit weird and uneven. It was still good fun working on one of my favourite characters from touhou.

Momizi (BLOG #47359)

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A bit of a low point. Although it was interesting working on a different sort of kit the positively awful casting really frustrated me. The painting was super tough too. But, in a way I'm glad. This kit finally made me realise that an airbrush was something I did in fact want to get and learn how to use.

Tewi (BLOG #47495)

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My first kit painted with an airbrush. It was a really great experience getting to try out a new way of painting for the first time. I had a bit of issues working out exactly how much to thin down my paint but overall it was really eye opening to see what an airbrush could do.

Utsuho (BLOG #47722)

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At this point, I was starting to feel really glad that I hadn't decided to give up painting kits after my second. She is not amazing, I am still in the fairly early stages of learning, but she was the first kit I felt properly satisfied with when I finished. Her wings and cape were so much fun. The first kit I finished that I felt could properly become part of my Touhou figure display.

Ran (BLOG #47959)

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I love Ran Yakumo, so it was fun to work on this kit. A good kit to help me consolidate my basic painting skills. I still remember how awful trying to attach those tails was. I recently did a bit of pinning for a different Ran Yakumo kit and was really glad that the tails on that one caused little issue.

Wriggle (BLOG #48574)

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As with Ran I didn't develop too much here but I tried to focus on working out how to do skin and how to do the face and eyes. It's really good to have figure of this character for my collection.

Chen (BLOG #49373)

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Chen! I really like Chen and it's great to have the matching Zaki Brand Ran. I've still got their Yukari to do at some point as well.

Yuyuko (BLOG #50003)

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My largest Garage kit project yet. This 1/6 kit took a lot of time and effort and so did the base but I really loved working on something big. Of course, my room only has so much space left...! I love big kits.

Wakasgihime (BLOG #50348)

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I utilised hand painting and masking a lot on this one and I think it was a great end to my first year of kit making. It makes me excited to see what I might be able to make if I continue to work hard at improving in this hobby.

Now -

So, where am I now then?

Over the past few months I've changed my figure collecting habits from buying pre-painted figures to buying kits and have found loads I'm really excited to work on!

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I'm so happy that through selling a few things from my collection that I managed to earn enough to justify nabbing some things I'm really happy to have. I never imagined I'd have the chance to own stuff like for example ITEM #435272 and ITEM #849558 who are some of my favourite Touhou characters. I also have ITEM #56253 on the way and just got ITEM #61861 who were both dream kits of mine I never imagined getting a hold of. :)

Once I get myself a proper airbrush I'm really excited to get into kits again. Most likely Marisa by Zaki Brand will be next:

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Here's a little look at her. I love the pose. Can't wait to paint. And can't wait to share her with MFC too!

Some stuff unrelated to kits, I'm STILL trying to put together an article about the Griffon Enterprises Prototypes. I'd also like to do a room tour post with lots of photos some time too. I also think It'd be fun to write some slightly shorter but a little bit more regular articles, maybe about stuff like scrounging bases for kits from Junk Sales and other things I think might be interesting to share.

Well, I think I've rambled enough for now. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me! But also... A lot I've already done...

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Thanks guys, for all the encouraging words and tips and tricks… I appreciate every one of you! :D MFC has been a big factor in my motivation to keep painting these. It's a joy to post to this place.

See you next article. :)
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yaiba2 months ago#101881363Each work looks better and better. I prefer small kits myself, but it takes me ages to finish anything. I have so many kits in various stages of completion that it's embarrassing.

There are lots of positives to working on small kits I feel. Perhaps I should get some of my littler kits out and see if I feel like working on some of them. It’s been a while, maybe my opinions on them will differ now I’m a little more experienced with garage kits. I’m not in the middle of painting lots of kits, but the number I have lying around half prepped for painting is getting silly at this point. You’re not alone in having way too many things you’re working on at once, and I get the feeling many other Garage Kit makers are the same.


Sazako2 months ago#101791617You get better and better each one you build and paint Esme, Like below its great to see the collection together. Its a diverse cast of characters which you have and have yet to come. I look forward to see what comes next for you. The resin kits have such great poses, more so than the pre-painted figures available.

I’m really happy to have lots of unique things in my collection.
I have to agree about the poses, at least for Touhou figures. I like a lot of the Griffon Enterprises figures, though it is nice having some more lively figures of the characters only they did pre painted figures of, like Utsuho and Rumia.


LittlePisces2 months ago#101788011Seeing all your works together gives your collection a charming feeling and accomplishment. The foliage is also a nice touch! I believe your work on Tewi was the first blog I read from you and the first time we met.
Those pile of boxes is hilariously relatable. XD I someday want to dive in this hobby, but I don't have the proper space to do messy projects at the moment. And the types of paints to choose from is overwhelming. Best wishes!


It was a little awkward to get them all displayed together but I'm so glad I did! I think I'll look back on that picture of them all together and remember the year I made them all fondly. :) Oh man, waaaaay too many boxes. And too many kits to get on with. Yeah, space is really important when making kits. Hopefully by the time you do have the opportunity to start getting into kits you'll have all sorts of useful info to help yourself succeed with your models. :D

I just checked out that Tewi article again and after seeing our two comments that darn Cirno song is stuck in my head...!

Enferlain2 months ago#101748496You made so many holy shit.
I bought a few kits and supplies but it got interrupted by new dogshit tax laws in EU so I'm still missing some things. But eventually I will start it, it's a very interesting hobby. I like the painting part but I'm more interested in the idea of making custom models, but I only spent a month or 2 on blender as well and I don't have a 3d printer. Over all it's gonna take a lot of time but that's what I have most of.


I hadn't realised quite how many I had actually done until I extricated them from my displays for photos together! Taxes are a huge pain for hobbies like these, it really does suck sometimes. It's a great hobby, and I really like how there's plenty of room for customisation, be that with your own unique base or perhaps going for a unique colour scheme. I'm quite interested in the concept of custom models but as you said that takes a lot of time and due to having way too many hobbies I doubt It'll be something I'll be touching for some time.
1 month ago
Each work looks better and better. I prefer small kits myself, but it takes me ages to finish anything. I have so many kits in various stages of completion that it's embarrassing.
2 months ago
You get better and better each one you build and paint Esme, Like below its great to see the collection together. Its a diverse cast of characters which you have and have yet to come. I look forward to see what comes next for you. The resin kits have such great poses, more so than the pre-painted figures available.
2 months ago
Seeing all your works together gives your collection a charming feeling and accomplishment. The foliage is also a nice touch! I believe your work on Tewi was the first blog I read from you and the first time we met.

Those pile of boxes is hilariously relatable. XD I someday want to dive in this hobby, but I don't have the proper space to do messy projects at the moment. And the types of paints to choose from is overwhelming. Best wishes!
2 months ago
You made so many holy shit.

I bought a few kits and supplies but it got interrupted by new dogshit tax laws in EU so I'm still missing some things. But eventually I will start it, it's a very interesting hobby. I like the painting part but I'm more interested in the idea of making custom models, but I only spent a month or 2 on blender as well and I don't have a 3d printer. Over all it's gonna take a lot of time but that's what I have most of.
2 months ago
Clozdark2 months ago#101748240OMG you got kagerou gk? i have been searching her few years and keep not find it
nice touhou collection gk you got there


Yes! I have her! Honestly still doesn't feel quite real to own that kit... She's up there with Ran Yakumo in terms of favourite characters from Touhou so I'm really looking forward to making her. I'm trying to get kits of as many Touhou characters that don't have pre-painted figures as I can. So far I've found a fair few!
2 months ago
Danar2 months ago#101748089Wow, it’s nice to look through the garage kits you’ve painted. The Griffon Prototype article sounds interesting. I liked the colors and bases you used, they look amazing!

The prototype article is hopefully something I'll get around to writing some time in 2021! Putting this post together really made me appreciate all the different kits I've painted. Glad you liked seeing them too!
2 months ago
OMG you got kagerou gk? i have been searching her few years and keep not find it
nice touhou collection gk you got there
2 months ago
Wow, it’s nice to look through the garage kits you’ve painted. The Griffon Prototype article sounds interesting. I liked the colors and bases you used, they look amazing!
2 months ago
setokaibaswife2 months ago#101747907I'm really looking forward to that feeling! I've loved seeing you post yours and how creative you get with them, it's really inspiring.

Means the world to me to hear that - I'm glad you enjoy seeing what I get up to with these garage kits.
2 months ago
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