Tested Lessons: Painting Model Kits, Part 6

The final project takes us to the weekend, as Will, Norm, and Frank spend extra time finishing up painting their creatures. Let us know what you think about them, and follow along with us for next week’s LEGO with Friends by signing up for a Tested Premium Membership here! As always, thanks for supporting these videos and projects.

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40 thoughts on “Tested Lessons: Painting Model Kits, Part 6

  1. After guys said issues with monitor said the colors you were using I got my monitor setup right

    Thanks for all the great work you guys do it has really helped me with new hobbies to get into because of changes in my healthhealth

    Keep up the good work

  2. Awesome series guys! I really liked it and I’m seriously thinking of unpacking some of my paints and find a nice miniature to paint. I don’t think I’ll be getting an airbrush at this time since it’s a bit expensive but I do want to try some of the paint techniques displayed through these last episodes.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Frank, you’re amazing and you always end up inspiring me to do stuff, the only down side when you guys do these videos is that you don’t explain what you’re doing enough. Just watching you paint your eyes and I have no idea what you’re doing, but they look great and I want to understand your thought process on doing them. Would be fantastic to hear what you’re doing as you’re going along and stuff on techniques and why doing it like that gives the effect you want. You could do with a little light on your desk with “explain” that flashes every coupla seconds 😉 or maybe do some kinda extra commentary after you’ve finished so you can concentrate more when you’re working on it.

    Anyway, enough demanding things 😉 keep up the amazing work

  4. Love the painting stuff, just a small note, you may not want to kill your reveal with the preview.

  5. Fantastic sculptures and the paint jobs are fantastic as well but more importantly, LEGO WITH FRIENDS!!!

  6. This was a great build / painting! I’d love to see some hires photos so I could see the details. A lot is lost in the video.

  7. After finally getting around to reading Atlas Shrugged a few weeks ago while on vacation, I am glad to hear that is a fan. 🙂 Great job on the figurines by all of you. Thanks again!

  8. I am impressed by Frank’s restraint at Norm’s over-cautiousness.

    Will’s is outstanding, especially for a beginner.

  9. Just wanted to mention, Whenever Frank used his phone to take a picture, the image on his phone screen (to me anyways) looks a lot more like his photos, even on the video. Something about filming a screen. So when you do things like this, just holding a camera phone in front of it gives us a little better idea what it looks like in person.

  10. And here’s a non sequitur that will most likely be in your wheel house; A while back a friend and I where scrolling through his TV menu, and his satellite box pulls down rotten tomato ratings on movies. We pass a lower budget 2008 movie called ‘Alien Raiders’. With a name like that, we first dismiss it as super low budget sharknado crap, but then I notice: 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I can’t recall the last time I saw a movie rated 100% fresh, so we flipped it on, and I have to say; its one of the best sci-fi/Horror movies I’ve seen in AGES. all practical effects as far as I can tell, above par acting, just a solid genre flick in all regards. Well worth the watch if your into that sort of film. (just a terrible name.)

  11. You guys may have done it already and I missed it but what are the model numbers of the airbrush and compressors you are using?

  12.   both Iwata. Airbrush is Revolution CR, and I forget which model compressor, but we cover it early on in the first video

  13.   thank you for the reply. My wife and I both really enjoyed watching and discussing the videos at night after work

  14. Thanks for another great series and amazing paint jobs. I actually learned airbrushing from my Gundam making days back in the 90s. Started with some Badger airbrush which used canned air before finally getting a tiny plastic shelled compressor from Japan and going to a Testor airbrush and finally to an Iwata. This series makes me want to dig some of that old gear out.

    Would you want some of the older Gundam kits if I can dig some out of storage? I’m not sure if you’ve ever visited Japan but I remember there was an electronics store in the Ikebukuro area of Tokyo that had a whole floor devoted to Gundam kits with a large diorama of about 20 models in battle and there’s a Gundam store in Osaka that was 3 or 4 stories of Gundam kits.

    Also, it was pretty amazing to see how fast both Will and Norm improved. I would love to see some high quality photos of both of those as well.

  15. Holy crap, the improvement from Will and Norm in a few hours is incredible! All three look fantastic, great work, dudes 🙂

  16. I am so inspired by this awesome work, I’m going to sculpt some little monsters and paint them using all of Frank’s guides and clues 😀

  17. wait how did I miss this? I was just googling Frank because I’m an internet stalker type and apparently he races dirtbikes? HOW IS THIS NOT THE TOPIC OF EVERY DISCUSSION!

    Yay Frank! is all I’m saying.

  18. Wait, wait wait. Now I see he has worked with Strung Out, my most favouritest band ever????

    Sorry guys but I’m kinda live blogging my discoveries here.

    End result is Frank is somehow a billion times more awesome than he already was!

  19. This series was amazing. Thanks very much, guys. I’d been wanting to get an airbrush for a while, but watching these videos gave me the extra push, so I grabbed an airbrush/compressor kit off eBay. It’s only a cheap Asian import, but it’ll be fine for me whilst learning the ropes. Thanks again.

  20. I think that I prefer Norm’s choice of colors for this particular model. For the eyes, I would have done white with milky cataracts for the pupils, making it feel more ancient and mysterious.

  21. Holy crap, the improvement from Will and Norm in a few hours is incredible! All three look fantastic, great work, dudes 🙂

    Agreed!! They did this whole series in what, 5 – 6 hours? And their improvement was in multiple of orders of magnitude. And they all do look amazing. Hope Norm posts photos of his after he’s totally finished his.

    Now, to go out and continue doing a little airbrushing. 8]

  22. Wow what a fun project, I wonder if there is a class in Calgary where I can go out and try something like this.

  23. Hey guys! That is some nice air brush skills!
    I’m looking to buy an air brush and i was wondering if you have some advices on what to avoid and where to look for a good viable airbrush starter kit.
    Thanks and have a nice post-comic con week!

  24. so because of you enablers i have started getting back into model/prop building, i’m in the process of collecting the falcon kits and wanted to get some practice painting so i bought a cheap plastic ecto-1 at a hobby store up the street. I was wondering if the acrylic paints would be best to pull off the car paint and the weathering i wanted to do to it. i didnt want to make it bright and shiny, i wanted it to look like it has been on the road for a few years. thanks for any direction you can point me towards. i need more frank-orials!

  25. V “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year-old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”

    Atlas Shrugged is purile nonsense fantasy claptrap, with no basis in reality. No man is an island, we all depend on each other, high and low. Try reading up on the just-world fallacy sometime.

    Sorry for necro-ing the comments on a 9-month-old video, but it needed to be said.

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