Bandai Sprukits Level 2 Master Chief! a long delayed, overdue project of mine I started back in September that's hit a few bumps in the road (and one episode of carelessness and a desk chair wheel).
I started building this as something I thought would be a 'quick build for a rainy weekend' but somehow had once again exploded into a full scale project rivaling my time spent on anything else Bandai has made that I'm currently still working on *Cough Sazabi Ver Ka, Perfect Grade Unicorn, Gouf R35 (to name a few out of the Backlog of Infinite Awesome) Cough*
At this point, I've completed the Master Chief model, however the Spartan remains disassembled into finished body parts so I can do a finishing topcoat. Pictures of 117 can be seen on my Google+ Page. plus.google.com/u/0/+RobBraun/…
Just start scrolling down between the pictures of baby cows.
What has really stalled me from finishing the model was the weapons, the MA5D assault rifle and M6H magnum. Truly the only weapons needed to save the universe (although I could really use a Sniper Rifle, Warthog, and a paperclip).
The parts are molded in the only gray plastic the model uses (seriously Bandai, Toy Fair this year shows you want to expand on the line, don't be shy, give us a third color!!) but according to the source, the rifle alone has three tones.
Seen here is my steps towards completion. DESCRIPTIONS OF PHOTOS IS AS FOLLOWED!!
1) First, I had to glue the weapons together. The rifle is made of two hemispheric halves and the pistol is as shown, molded separately in the front and back sections.
2) Before I even got started with the model, I tapped the barrel of the Assault Rifle with my pin vice.
3) I started small and stepped up a bit size to the right diameter and drilled to a depth that would give me what I wanted to accomplish without compromising the plastic.
4) I thought about using enamels, but I had the idea to use Testors Model Master Acrylics instead. I didn't use just metallic colors alone, but mixed them together with some gray paints. And let me remind everyone, this is all HAND PAINTED!
I first painted the the body of the rifle with a mixture of 'Aluminum' and 'Gunship gray.' by covering the main body of the weapon first, it was easier to handle the weapon better before painting the lighter and darker colors on the ends last.
5) Originally I was going to use 'steel' with 'light gray' for the top halves of the weapons, but the color didn't look right and also my paint gelled while I was using it on the pistol. I had to strip the paint off and start again, fortunately the rifle was fine and the new color I mixed blended over.
The new color I used is a mix of 'Silver,' 'Light Gray' and 'Gunship Gray.'
The stock of the rifle and grips on both weapons are a mixture of 'Gunship Gray' and a recycled blend (two half empty bottles mixed together) of 'Flat Black' and 'Gunmetal.'
6) Since this is a Bandai model kit, there's plenty of panel lines to detail with Gundammarkers! For the Master Chief, I did a two tone method of GM03 "Brown" and GM02 "Gray"to make the panel lines and raised details look weathered.
For the weapons, I decided to just keep it simple and clean with the GM02, but I did use a GM01 "Black" marker on the ports in the muzzle break and ports down the side of the rifle.
7) After one last check at a copy of the weapons' digital models (put online courtesy of 343 Industries) I made some additional touches and filled in more of the 'stock' color on the rifle and added some 'Flat Black' to the pistol grip.
So there you have it. Two Guns and Done! Tune in next time for the completed model!
Sprukits are property of Bandai 2014
Master Chief is property of 343 Industries, Microsoft
Built by me!! 2014 -> 2015