Monday, January 2, 2017

Bandai HGGTO 1/144 MS-06S Char Zaku II (Gundam the Origin version) Kunio Okawara Real Type Colors

Both the Zaku and RX-78-2 kits were released in 2015. They are my favorite molds from the 1/144 or HGUC scale. I decided to repaint them in colors and markings based on both Kunio Okawara's paintings from the 1980's and the vintage "Real Type" model kit series from the same era. The colors and markings I chose for the Zaku aren't very different from the kit's intended Origin color scheme. They are basically a slightly darker version of Okawara's painting shown at the bottom of this post. There's actually an official version of this exact kit at the MG or 1/100 scale but I really like the proportions and details on these smaller Origin kits.

A little beam-saber-duel posing for fun.

Original 1980's artwork by Kunio Okawara himself, if I'm not mistaken. There's a lot of thin line markings in places as well as more numbers. The stars on the shield are also typical of this style.

Bandai HGUC Revive 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam in Kunio Okawara Real Type Colors

Bandai's 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam got a much improved redesign in 2015 with the "Revive" line. I purchased two of these back then and decided to repaint one in colors and markings based on both Kunio Okawara's paintings and the vintage "Real Type" model kit series from the 1980's. 

Actually, the Gundam had a modernized "Real Type" release in 2016, as a P-Bandai exclusive. 
It's identical to this kit but molded in dark grays instead of white and blue to facilitate a similar 
grey and green color scheme. It also has updated markings that come as stickers.

I had already started on my own version before the P-Bandai version was available so I just kept going from there. While the official version is awesome, I wanted to go with a more retro look that I mostly adapted from the vintage kits. My coloring and some of the white markings are hand painted. The decals are mainly from Bandai's EDFS water-slide decal set and some others. 
I also added extra weapons from one of the Builder's Parts kits.

 Rear view of 1/144 RX-78 (Revive version) and MS-06S Zaku (Origin Version), also painted and decorated in Kunio Okawara style.

Fighting with the MS-09B DOM. My tribute to the original painting by Kunio Okawara. 
I'm still experimenting with weathering effects. Will I be brave and break the shield...?

Notice how in the painting the head of the Gundam is white while the body has light grey areas.
I kept that feature but made the dark green areas lighter.