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Mirei san 1/7 scale figure questions-
old-dragon
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Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 10:38 AM UTC
I just bought an unpainted garage kit of Shunya Yamashita's Mirei san...this piece called to me and I had to have it. The problem is she's unpainted and this will be my 1st anime figure...the clothing won't be so hard but the hair, nylons and eyes scare me alittle. Most of these figures come in either blonde or brunette but I want to do mine as a "red head" just to be different. Any pointers as to what colors are good for an authentic red head, for painting the transparent nylons or to use decals for the eyes or just paint them? I've reviewed afew web pages for some technics but I wanted to hit you guys up as well since the Q&A here is interactive. Most websites on these have "I did this"
Here's a link to some pics of her...a real neat piece!
Mirei san
Oh, the hair come two ways, pony tail or draped...I'm leaning towards the draped over the shoulder look.
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Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 01:50 PM UTC
Hi Bob,like you, I have this kit too, as it just "spoke to me"

so you're not alone on that score.

As for red head painting, that's a bit like painting a blond; darkish to real pale.

Like most hair, I usually work form a base tone, darken for the shadows, and highlight accordingly.

For paler colours, I'd undercoat in white (I usually use a grey primer)

Nothing new for you, but the color mix I'd experiment with would be something like a mix of red and yellow, to give a base orange colour, with some umber to hep with shadows.

As for transparent nylons......(mmm, nylons......) I have tried using dilute black applied through an airbrush in thin coats. Didn't quite work.

Am on the scrounge for Tamiya Smoke, used for tinting windows and aircraft canopies, again experimentation is what I would be doing before committing to the kit. That seems to hold the most promise so far.

Either that, or a tint of base flesh tone with a very mild/ weak tint of warm black.

Ok, the eyes; actually, they would be relatively simple to paint. They have the anime style, so to paint them is to break them down into the shapes.

Iris is a simple black circle,.
Followed by a white highlight in one upper point.
Then a contra point of the actual iris is placed at about 180 degrees lower down. Similar effects can be seen in circular jewels, and headlights on cars.

followed by a line across the top pf the upper eye lid, then framed in by a line for the lower eye lid, starting at the outside of the eye, and ending at about 2/3rds of the way along.

then add fine brush strokes to imply eye lashes.

Looking at that, and reading what I just read, makes it sound simple.

I'd expect I'd take a day or two the get that right on the figure, allowing for touch ups, sulks, and reworks

Hope this helps; it's a good kit, needs a bit of work like a lot of garage kits, will reward you though.

Cheers

Jamie
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Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 04:18 PM UTC
Thanks for the input Jamie. Sorry to hear about the "nylons" coloring as I was thinking of multiple layers of black wash but your tamiya smoke idea sounds good! I'll have to find something around here that has curves to practice on for the shading...where's my sculpy clay!
The eyes still worry me but I plan on making a practice sheet to paint on before I try it on her..thank you for the input on how to make them. She doesn't have the usual anime big eyes...her's are more realistic. I'm trying to see in my head what she'd look like with big eyes and, to me, would take away from the whole thing...but I still wonder!{jessica rabbit meets buxom secretary....hmmm}
Looking at the paint here I thought some raw and burnt umber mixed with alittle clear pearl I have for the hair...need more practice sheet!

Did you ever build yours? I'd love to see it...I'm sure we all would!
JanusAust
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Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 04:29 PM UTC
Hi bob,
haven't built mine yet; have been doing research and practice on how to paint her, and the work schedule got absolutely derailed by moving interstate.

Heading to back on track now though.

I have the next few days off, if you like, I'll be happy to do a work up at the same time as yours - allowing for both of our private and work lives, of course.

I think our fellow forumites would like the idea of a two sexy little Mirei-san at the same time, and comparing both our comparative styles.....

I agree with you that the Doe eyed / over sized anime eyes would take something away from the figure. As other have painted her, the closer to normal eyes do add that degree of sensuality to her.

I may do her hair in a pony tail though, just so they can tell them apart.

As for pearl paints, never used them, like the idea,so if you could share your experiences on that, well, that would be much appreciated!

When would you like to kick off this two man build?
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Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 01:54 AM UTC
I have to get mine 1st..expected arrival is in 3 weeks.
JanusAust
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Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 01:44 PM UTC
No worries Bob,
I've decided that my Mirei san kit will be my next project (I wanted something simple after my last one) and I think the two if us doing an SBS/ build log on here would be interesting for all parties to see.

Plus, I'd like to see how you approach the kit, as compared to my approach. interesting exchange of ideas coming up, me thinks!

Cheers

and thanks for the inspiration,

Jamie

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Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 03:10 PM UTC

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No worries Bob,
I've decided that my Mirei san kit will be my next project (I wanted something simple after my last one) and I think the two if us doing an SBS/ build log on here would be interesting for all parties to see.

Plus, I'd like to see how you approach the kit, as compared to my approach. interesting exchange of ideas coming up, me thinks!

Cheers

and thanks for the inspiration,

Jamie



My pleasure...it's always fun to have other folks doing the same build but with different aspects applied even if it's just paint.
Researching more tonight about "pinning the joints"...seems to be a popular thing.
JanusAust
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Posted: Saturday, May 01, 2010 - 10:31 PM UTC
Hi Bob,
Ive dragged my copy of the kit out of storage, dusted it off, and done a parts check...

So I'll be starting a thread soon, although progress is likely to be fortnightly updates (in between real life and stuff)

Hopefully I'll be able to share how I would handle such a kit, and am looking forward to seeing your approach.

As for pinning and so forth, Yep, I'll be doing that too, fairly simple after a few times...

Then comes the fun bit, the painting!

cheers for now,

Jamie
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Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 03:23 PM UTC
I forgot to post the kit pics-

As you can see the hair, head, arms and legs have rectangled plug and sockets for alignment and the whole torso is one piece. This kit comes from resinplus on ebay.
JanusAust
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Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 07:09 PM UTC
Hi Bob,
nice to see your version of the kit.

Mine has a different parts break down, and a different resin used (or at least a different colour!)

Looking forward to your progress on your version too!

Will you be doing a new thread on this?

Cheers,

Jamie
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Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 02:34 AM UTC
It's a creamier color...the red background tinited it alittle in the cameras eyes.
There are a few nicks here and there but before I start on them I need to get a better filler since all I have now is the squadron green.
I nearly fell over when I saw the kit 1st off and noticed the complete torso, so I emailed them about it and they said it was a redesign for less work to the builder. I agree to a point, there'll be less filler but far more masking, but that's a lessor of two evils in my book.