This was a very fun build! It took about as long as a painted MG gundam build. Charagumin kits are advertised as garage kits easy enough for beginners. I would say that is accurate and even completely unpainted they look okay, but they really come alive with some painting. Only tools you need are a hobby knife, sand paper or stick, and for one piece I needed a rotary tool.
Gun came in a flat silver color of resin, so some paint was necessary.
The decals are water slides and the arm tattoo was one big water slide. Mark setter and softer were necessary. I was disappointed that the tattoos were blue. The directions were all in japanese (with a lot of writing ) so I’m not sure if there was some way to activate a color change. I ended up using the water slide as a template and painted over it. The eyes both ended up cracking on me but with a little paint touch up and top coat they looked great.
I’m always suprised how a little dry brushing can change a piece. The shorts were a solid dark royal blue and with some dry brushing with white paint they looked like denim.
The boots were solid green so I just painted the black in. I painted the gloves on the hands as well. It was these painted details that made the kit look great.
I did not paint the skin because I really liked the tone of it. I did use different top coats on different parts so they would look like different materials: flesh, boots, shorts, gloves were done in satin, hair and eyes gloss, holster toned down gloss, tank top flat. These different finishes are subtle but come together to make a nicely.
I feel that this figure came out looking as good as any figures I have seen under $200. With some highlighting and shadowing this could outshine and production anime statue. Size is great too, she stands 8.5 inches tall.
Future plans are a wood base and diorama with a tree for her to be looking around