Prime and paint time for the RG Zaku II! There are SO many parts! I decided to paint every part, whether it would be visible nor not. In doing so I've learned it's easier to hand paint small parts with little surface area, where larger parts are a challenge to paint without visible brush strokes. So far I've found that keeping a lot of paint in the brush and trying to lay down one continuous smooth brush stroke is the best. That means making sure the paint is thinned just right and dabbing the brush just a tap after dipping it in the paint. For thinning, they say you want it the consistency of 2% milk and I find that's pretty much accurate. Usually when you paint with a brush you dip it in the paint/thinner mix and dab it on the side to get excess paint out before you apply it. When painting a larger surface area I do that less so there's more paint in the brush and it goes on heavy enough to hide the brush strokes. I'm still learning and not perfect yet, but it's coming along! I find that when you leave a lot of paint in the brush, it looks like too much is on the part after you apply it but that's actually what you want because as it dries it levels out. I think it's the thinner that does this, so the better thinner you have the more it will level out as it dries.
So far I have my highlight colors done: copper, black and pink (maybe another coat of pink). Now I have metallic black, metallic silver, light grey and grey. Grey will have the most parts so hopefully I'll get it all done in 1 session so it's consistent. I'm still having fun and learning! Enjoy the pics!
I hope to have all pieces painted by next weekend. After that it'll be a gloss coat for the armor pieces, panel lining (with a lacquer wash), decals (I sprung for water slides for this kit) and a matte coat for the whole thing. I can almost see the finished product, can't wait to share it with you! :)