So I hesitate to post these pics just because I'm pretty unhappy with the decals...It was my first time using micro sol and micro set and it was frustrating to say the least, just when I had the decals positioned on the micro sol and thought they were set and dry I would go in with the micro set only to have them move and become set crookedly!!!! I cannot express how frustrating this was, but it was my own fault:
A~ I underestimated the possible difficulty of working with the micro set (I figured, hey they're just decals right, how different can it be?)
B~ I tried to fit the job in when I probably just should have waited until I had a clear head and plenty of time
C~ I let my frustration get the better of me, I should have just stopped and taken a breath instead of slogging through
So as a result I lost 2 of the kit decals which I had to remove because they were so bad (as a result the 2 unit markings on the rear are not there), and the double diamond and yellow circle over the right fender are crooked.
These are mistakes I will just have to try to hide at this point, either through placement of the sandbags, additional stowage items or in the weathering process...ugh
On the other hand I am very happy with the effect of the future, it really darkened the green and made the colors much richer in appearance, I still have to do the second coat to seal in the decals, but I have to do some minor touchups (mainly around the star and armor bosses) first.
Enough rambling on and on...here are the pics
you an see above where I went back and highlighted the modulation with a brush, I just used the tamiya acrylics for this part, various mixes...
you can see how crooked the decals are in this pic....
I guess it just goes to show that a build hardly ever goes 100% smoothly!
So I'm a little unsure of the order to proceed here, should I go ahead with the second coat of future first? Or finish up all the basecoating for the stowage, tools etc and then future? Or option number 3 weather the interior, seal it up, do the sandbags, and then proceed with the basecoat and future??
I'm going to take some time to think about it...