I've had this kit built
for awhile now and he's been up on the shelf gathering dust,
until one day recently I noticed that his back was sinking in.
The reason for this
is that he was one of my early
kits on returning to the hobby and although I had
legs, I had left the upper torso empty.
I was also never really
happy with the paint job, but my skills were limited then
and so he just sat (stood) there on the shelf. Now was my chance
to have another
go at him and hopefully get it right this time,
so here's what I did.........
The first thing was
to disassemble the kit, easier said than done, it's not
super glue for nothing! After plenty of heating
with a hair dryer I finally managed
to pull him apart
and get back to basics. *Note: If you do this with any
vinyl kits be VERY careful, the warm vinyl can
tear very easily*.
I filled the
and arms with tightly packed
strips of newspaper.
This would now solve
Once the kit was re-packed and solid
I reassembled it leaving the head and
lower arms off for
I had remembered not doing this
around (said I was not
experienced at that time) and it
painting them difficult to say the least.
body was re-primed and given several
coats of Horizon Matt
Black, this is without
doubt the flattest Black you will
perfect for Frankie's clothing.
The black was
drybrushed with three
coats of different Greys to
the folds and creases and to also give it
The boots were painted Matt Black and
then drybrushed with Dark Brown for
that leather look, highlighted with
drybrushed Medium Brown.
at literally dozens of different
build ups of Frankenstein, I
decided to go
with a Greenish flesh color.
Personal choice of
coarse but to me it just
looks more "right" than normal flesh tones.
So I started with a few coats of Matte Flesh
to get a base down, once dried I used a
I then did three more washes
to get the color
The shading was done using four different
of pastels plus Purple and
Grey for under the eyes and
around the cuts and arm iron.
All this was tied nicely together with a
final Light Flesh wash which picked
up the high
spots (forehead, nose).
Hair was Matt Black drybrushed
shades of Grey