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HG Gundam AGE-1 Normal by Tekka-Croe HG Gundam AGE-1 Normal by Tekka-Croe
Much like my Kitbashed Gundam Ver.Ka, I've had this almost finished since last Thanksgiving (or was it Christmas?), and I finally decided to pull it out of the box and finish it.

Similar to the rest of my more recent models, the paint job was inspired by the GFF (Gundam Fix Figuration) line of action figures, having more subtle tones and a matte finish.

Of all the Gundams and their variations in Gundam AGE, the AGE-1 Normal, the first one you see, is my favorite of the bunch. It's just a really nice take on the classic Gundam look.

The only part of the design I wasn't too keen on was the black panels on the knees, so I painted them pale gray instead.
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WolfPawCreator Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist
I was interested in building this model as my first gundam. I'll have black/gray fine tip markers if needed, but does it really need much of anything? Was it a good model? Any tips? Anything is appreciated, thanks.
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This would definitely be a good kit for a beginner.  It's got clean engineering, and the assembly seams are quite well hidden.  If you use the foil stickers included with the kit, you probably won't need any paint to properly match the color scheme.

In addition to the markers, all you'd need for assembly are the most basic hobby tools- clippers for getting the parts off the sprues, and a craft knife for trimming the burrs after the parts are removed.

As for tips, all I can really suggest for a first simple build is to always check and re-check the instructions, and be careful not to accidentally clip off pegs that are needed for assembly (I did that a couple times back when I was first starting out.  That was no fun).  If you need any specific advice while working on a kit, feel free to shoot me a message.
Dell-AD-productions Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I am planing to by me that model so I am thinking if its worth the buy
Lanc3rZ3r0 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love AGE-1 Normal. it is my fave of the main suits in MS-AGE. it and all the Federation mass production ones, especially from the Flit story arc
Etheral117 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
I must say, though I have yet to see any of the episodes and am fairly off-put by the kiddy character designing, the technical designs of AGE are very appealing. I must also admit that when I first saw AGE-1 Normal's picture on Google, I figured it was a fan-original 00 series Gundam. Because of the green in the chest, mostly.

But yeah, very nice model work and paint job. I've actually custom-ed an old HG Tallgeese III in a grey and white pattern. I'm considering taking a pic of it and putting it up here, too, but my paintwork needs... work. Just some touch-ups, really. Problem is I used enamel brush paint, and I'll have to mix my own grey again. Any tips on what kinds of paint I ought to use in the future?
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Don't let AGE's character design turn you away from the series (Contrary to popular opinion, Flit's not the youngest protagonist to appear in a Gundam show). While the story does contain some elements geared toward a younger crowd, it's by no means a "kiddie" show. The story gets pretty mature towards the end of the first generation, and that first arc's ending is far from a happy one. I've only seen the first arc, so I can't speak for the 2nd and 3rd generations.

As for paints, I don't use one single brand across the board. For spray paints, I use Tamiya Color. You just have to be conservative with them, because you don't get much paint for the money you spend on it. The quality, however, is top-notch. For airbrushing, I'd recommend using either Tamiya or Testors acrylics. For hand-brushing I tend to use Citadel/Games Workshop's acrylic figure paints. Basically, just avoid using enamel paints. Acrylics typically dry faster, and don't chip off as easily.
Etheral117 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Well, I actually read up on a bit of the story of AGE just to know what it was that I was looking at. While it's fairly cliche in the Gundamverse (by cliche I mean eerily similar to SEED way too often) it at least sounds like a fair entry to the saga.
As for paints.... Lovely to know now that it's fully painted. In enamel. I used acrylics to paint an original Tallgeese with a second Tallgeese III kit (it had the extra parts) but I just had trouble with them due to the fact that they've basically expired. The white was all chunky, and the red for the plume was getting to that point.The black came out pretty well, though. Good thing for me that I used up most of the enamel paints on my custom Tallgeese, because I think I'll follow your recommendation against those. That, and well, it took FOREVER to get the enamel paint off my hands! I don't particularly care much about brand, either, as long as I get the colors I want out of it.

Despite the above, though, both of them turned out fairly well - considering they were my first ever paint jobs with my kits.
ScarecrowKing Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The little box above your icon told me I had to comment...
So, I really like this and I agree that the gray looks better. I really love this guys backpack with it's racing fin. XP
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