Told you that it wouldn’t take long to finish this project, and on an even better note, I think I’m completely out of my melancholy! Regarding kit building at least. Taiga had a lot to do with it though. The sculpt was absolutely wonderful and so easy to work with! After looking at some of the other kits in my collection which still need to be built, I wonder how much time I’ll need to spend to get those looking decent…
But this post is about Taiga and I have to admit that she turned out much better than I had anticipated.
Many thanks to Radiant Dreamer for the suggestion on the colour scheme. The original kit had Taiga in either a lilac or brown dress but that seemed a little dull because pretty much everybody who owns the kit used those schemes, especially the brown dress so this blue ensemble worked really well.
I ran out of my trusty light skintone (own mix) a little while back so I had to get a replacement. While getting the base paints for my old mix, I came across a light skintone mix from Valejo. I use their paints from time to time in my airbrush but they can be a little awkward to use as they only come in bottles, which means you need to pour some out everytime you want to use it for handrbushing and you can’t return the unused paint back into the pot (assuming you didn’t mix it with other stuff).
The new light skintone is considerably lighter than my old mix so I’m not sure if I should stick with it or if I should mix it with other paints to darken it to a level similar to my older kits. What do you think?
Taiga is also usually portrayed has having light brown hair but the original kit maker (who makes a lot of toradora kits! and seems to be a really big fan of Kugimiya Rie) usually gives her a very light, almost blonde look so I decided to mimic that… Might be a bit too blonde tho.
It might be hard to tell, but I actually used a darker shade of blue for the stockings. Had a hard time thinking what colour would work with the blue dress for the stockings but after seeing the queens blade Grimoire Alicia design again, I though “why not just blue again?” so that’s how the colour scheme came to be finalised.
If I’m being completely honest, I’m a little surprised as to how the whole kit turned out so clean! The stockings did need a little work though, and I’ve still not worked out the kinks about how the material would stretch when worn like that so the left knee does look a little off. The gloss on the shoes and dress do look pretty cool tho!
The skintone does look a little uneven if you do an extreme closeup though. Another reason why I’m debating whether or not to continue with this current method.
Obligatory back shot. The kit is actually very precariously balanced and it was a real challenge to get this shot. The hair makes her back heavy so it’s a proper balancing act to get her to stand. I’ve since glued her to her base but I would have preferred not to. But if I didn’t, a small gust of wind would be enough to knock her down and I don’t want to see her paintjob damaged (cos I don’t want to have to fix it!)
The nametag was a nifty addition which could be added to pretty much any square base. Had to hand paint it though so there are little bits of rough patches here and there. Could have made it super smooth if I used another paint type but I’m an acrylics guy. Besides, it can be read, right?
One final thing I thought I should mention is that I managed to do the eyes in 1 take!! this is exceptionally rare!! GO ME!!!
All in all, I’m rather happy with how she turned out, not that I’m lambasting any of my previous works (publicly anyway). Might even be competition level… Nah.
Next up… Who knows? Completing Nanoha reminded me that I have a Fate to accompany her. There’s also the Try GK Yoko (my 3rd Yoko kit if I build her next) and I stumbled across a Kumashiro Maya kit from Occult Gakuen too! That’s not to mention my more recent stuff like Asuna from SAO or Mu-12. And there’s always the looming shadows of T-ELOS and Bayonetta…