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Chibi Moon Model

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So, I know this picture is terrible, but the model isn't much better. :P

This is an official Chibi Usa figurine that I got from a LJ user a good while ago. Probably a month or two ago now? She was amazing. I hardly had to sand anything on her, and somehow I picked up the perfect colours for her. My only issue is with my ability to lay down enough colour on these things. I could layer paint forever and still have white streaks... and I don't know if it's my paint, my technique, or possibly the plastic needs sanding to wear away the slick finish.

OH! And faces. I've tried everything for eyes. My hands are not steady enough.

Materials:
Official Chibi Usa Model Kit, Acrylic Paint, Gloss Varnish.

Time:
Approx. 5 days.

Copyright Info:
Chibi Usa © Naoko Takeuchi
Photo and Finished Model © Pauline French
Image size
600x1000px 143.28 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Shutter Speed
1/40 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
50 mm
ISO Speed
1600
Date Taken
Sep 13, 2010, 8:55:08 PM
Sensor Size
3mm
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Naneia's avatar
she is awesome, believe me, I've seen this kit a lot worse lol
yours is realy cute ^^
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PaulineFrenchHobbyist General Artist
lol Thank you, and oh boy do I ever know. I've seen some horrible versions of this kit as well.
Naneia's avatar
ahah xD
blancmanchefluff's avatar
I think she's cute! I've never seen this kit before!
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PaulineFrenchHobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I'm pretty sure mine is a recast of the original, but she seems fairly rare. They're doing pre-orders on e2046.com but there's no saying when they'll actually get them in lol.
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Looks good. If the paint kinda speds after you lay it doen try Washing your kits really good the get the mold release off. Also Next time try a very thin marker say a 00 Sakura to do the black around the eyes. that is what I do

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(nasty Thia resin god i hate it)
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PaulineFrenchHobbyist General Artist
I had no issues with that really. I sanded most of the kit down lightly rather than washing it, but with a really fine sand paper.

I actually did use a marker on the face. Problem was I THOUGHT it was water proof, but they lied. About 20 layers of paint later... stupid crap didn't want to be washed off or painted over... ironically enough. Recently got some Copic pens, so I hope to give those a try next time.

Love your model :D Is the bottom of her hair how you received it? That's just insane. You can't even attempt to hide that unless you know how to properly fix that stuff really good :P
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Yah I wish E2046 would cast these busts
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PaulineFrenchHobbyist General Artist
They do have some busts though. I haven't purchased them, but they look decent enough.
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Yeap I want them as the ones I have are Thai resin
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Chrisseh-chanProfessional Digital Artist
She's so cute though! Eyes are hard to paint, I did a few little sculptures of my OC's and the faces never turn out quite right. x_X I envy those with such steady hands.
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PaulineFrenchHobbyist General Artist
The sculpture you have of your character Millie in your gallery is pretty good though. The eyes are great, even the anatomy is impressive.

I know what you mean though. steady hands are a serious gift.

Looking in your gallery made me giggle. OC's named Chrisseh AND Sailor Moon fans. So weird. Your plushies are amazing by the way.
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Chrisseh-chanProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^_^ That's my favorite figurine. I did one of Super Chrisseh, but she broke. :cries:
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PaulineFrenchHobbyist General Artist
Oh no! That's terrible. It is definitely not fun when you put so much work into something only to have it break.
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Chrisseh-chanProfessional Digital Artist
Well, the clay I bought for that one was air-dry, I liked it because I could work it with water...but it's far more brittle/delicate than Sculpy (Which is what Millie is made of), so yeah. I won't be using it again for such detailed sculptures. I still have it, but her arm is all cracked and crumbling. :ohnoes:
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PaulineFrenchHobbyist General Artist
Argh. That's actually quite frustrating to hear lol. I was going to use air dry clay for my next pieces because well... it's kind of hard to bake plastic lol. There's a pretty high chance of it melting :XD:
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Chrisseh-chanProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah the air dry clay is nice to work with, but it's really fragile. I dunno, the sculpture is Chrisseh sitting, using one arm to hold herself up, and the rest of the figure seems pretty sturdy, except for her hair which is breaking off, too. I think the weight put stress on the arm and that's why it cracked so easily. It's definitely not good for anything with slender parts that "stick out".
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PaulineFrenchHobbyist General Artist
Do you think something like that would be ok for filling holes and such on a figurine? That's mainly what I want it for since some of the arms and body parts don't match up properly.
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