Weathering – MG 1/100 RGM-79G GM Command Colony Type

Please disregard the long period of absence. I’ve been quite busy with work and couldn’t find the time to write about the kits that I bought and finished. Now that I have the chance to write again, I’d like to discuss (starting with this post) all the projects that I did during the quiet period according to which ones were completed first.

Instead of another build summary, this post will discuss my first ever weathering project. I once swore to never delve into weathering because I couldn’t see why I should intentionally gunk up and damage a kit I worked so hard on. It was only was after I finished assembly and minor detailing for the GM Command that I realized how bare the mobile suit looked even with all the decals I applied.

Tools Used

  • Rag
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Tamiya Acrylic Paints (Black, Silver)
  • Bosny Flat Clear Topcoat
  • 2B Pencil
  • Precision Knife
  • Bottle Caps
  • Paper Towel/Tissues
  • Masking Tape
  • Eraser
  • Water
  • Sticky Tac
  • Bamboo Sticks
The tools used sans the Clear Green Tamiya Paint

Project Documentation

The first thing I did was get the tools ready. Before applying any paint on the kit, I tried to see how they would look on the actual armor parts using the kit runners that I still had lying around. This helped make sure that I got the desired color and effect on the particular armor or inner frame piece that I was working on. The only paint application method I used for this project was dry brushing.

Good thing I was too lazy to throw the runners away. But let's just pretend that I planned to do this instead of good things happening because I'm a lazy shit.
Testing colors on the C and B runners

Here’s where I encountered a problem. The Chrome Silver worked really well, but the Black just didn’t want to adhere to the plastic. I got it working to some degree after a bit of thinning but still wasn’t able to make it work as well as the silver. I’ll have to get myself a better thinner solution or use a different paint:thinner ratio for the next painting project.

After the runner tests, I started dry brushing armor pieces starting with the feet and legs. The painting was done on semi-assembled limbs and parts because I couldn’t be arsed to do a full disassembly. This means that I wasn’t able to reach unexposed parts of the inner frame. I don’t just let somebody disassemble my kits though, so I didn’t really think it was that much of a problem.

Rugged feetsies. Check out the unpainted thrusters tho.
“The pilot is a Muay Thai enthusiast” – rationale

The next step I did (which I admit should’ve made more sense as the first application) was apply a bit of shading and oil or grease stains by using ground pencil lead. I managed to get quite a bit of powder by shaving off the exposed lead with a hobby knife. I made sure to keep all the gathered graphite in caps I had lying around to keep it from messing up my work station. I would recommend getting a small smooth surface palette instead (which I didn’t have at the time) because some of the powder got stuck in the cap threads.

>replacing the knife cap while the blade is still dirty

For grease smears, I applied a liberal amount of graphite on an edge and brushed downwards with a cotton swab then very lightly wiped the marks with some damp tissue. There were a few nub marks on the forearm that I wasn’t able to fully get rid of so I made it look that they were weld marks instead. Whenever I wasn’t satisfied with an effect, I used a bit of alcohol to remove the paint and graphite with some help from an eraser for some of the thicker applications.

Shaded Leg (L) vs “Clean” Leg (R)

The final step was applying a clear coat to all the parts. I now realize that I didn’t take a lot of pictures during the painting and shading phase. Maybe I was having too much fun going crazy with the paintbrush. The coat was applied on a sunny morning at around 8:00 am to avoid any silvering. I also had to take into account the possibility of stray dust particles getting stuck on the plastic so I had to choose an outdoor painting spot without too much wind.

I ran out of sticks so I had to improvise with the beam saber handles lol

Completed Weathering

Over the course of this project I managed to ruin two decals, one cheap paintbrush and a hobby knife blade. I also managed to permanently stain my cutting mat which was the careless mistake that hurt me the most. I learned that I should thin my paints better and to not freaking go overboard next time unless the intent was to make something akin to a severely neglected cargo truck. The project took me around a week to finish at about two to three hours a night.

Maybe this GM tangled with a Zee Zulu, idunno.
I forgot to paint the closed hands
Oh man. This dude does a LOT of power slides. Football player mabye?
Backside. I really like the GM leg and feet design.
Jim’s GM.

The original plan was to do some light weathering that would match a recon mobile suit and I ended up with a canyon and desert shock trooper. Although I’d like to blame the Tamiya X-1 Black for this, I admit I was being impatient and ended up with a look that I actually really liked.

I admit that the weathered kit is far from perfect, but I’d like to think that it’s a decent job for someone’s first weathering job. The added presence from the painting and the matte coat really makes me like this kit even more. The next thing I have to do is find this guy a partner, which is why I’m also gonna do a weathering project on my recently finished MS-06F Zaku II Space type (review out soon eventually).

Glad to be back.

– D

2 thoughts on “Weathering – MG 1/100 RGM-79G GM Command Colony Type

  1. For a first weathering job I think it looks pretty impressive to be honest. I’d love to get into the hobby more and find the time to even attempt to paint! I’m still nervous to dip my toe into the world of painting kits simply because I’m afraid of ruining them. It’s not like I have much money to spend on em. I plan on starting on something with a simple colour scheme like a Zaku or Z’Gok. I’m sure I’ll get round to it one of these days.


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