February 8, 2013

Mass Effect Play Arts Kai repaint - WIP

About a month ago I picked up the Play Arts Kai version of Garrus from Mass Effect 3, the guy was such a constant through the series along with Tali and Liarra that I caved and had to get the huge figure. Since he's the tallest of the characters I figured he'd be close enough in scale to go with my Bishoujo Liara and upcoming figure of Fem Shepard. The sculpt is great but the 1st wave of figures kinda suffered from pretty bad paint jobs particularly in the face area, you know the 1st place you notice.

you can see his face has basically been drybrushed grey over black. The rest of him looks fine but standing next to my much better painted Bishoujo Liara it bugged me every time I looked at him.

In comparison Bioware recently announced this bust of Garrus

The colouring is much softer and lighter on the face, which made me pull the trigger and have a go at repainting mine.

Step one was the worrying move of pulling his head off! I probably should have heated up the pvc to soften it but with a bit of effort I got it off. Then came lots of sanding, more sanding and scrubbing with a steal brush to get off the thick sloppy paint job, smooth out his pockmarked skin and to make his hair/spikey things a bit pointier at the back.

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looks pretty rough after the scrub huh

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this is after the 1st base coat. Lots of work to go

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