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Finished Garage Kit - Habanero-tan by MidassFinished Garage Kit - Habanero-tan by MidassDiary

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Hello everyone! I finished another garage kit recently (emptying my closet and preparing my wallet for WF haha) that I'd love to share with you all. Today I am sharing two Habanero-tans. I bought this kit on impulse a few years ago...one of my goals in 2019 is to clear out some of these older kits I've had sitting in my closet.

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Habanero-tan has an interesting history dating back to the mid-2000s. She is the unofficial mascot character for the snack company Tohato and was originally created by the artist Shigatake who now works closely with Vanillaware (game producer of Odin Sphere + Dragon’s Crown). Habanero-tan was featured in Shigatake's 4koma which was published for almost a decade and today you can still read it for free on his website. Even now he still pays homage to her in many of his artworks and on social media!




Anyway, this figure was created by the circle Midass. This company is also interesting since this seems to be one of the few figures they've ever produced. I don't have too many photos since I bought her so long ago but I was surprised by the amount of goodies they included: PICTURE #1751859 If you end up purchasing an original kit the figure, parts sheet, postcard, and mini comic are all included in the box. The illustrations and paper are both high quality as well which seems odd considering she isn't a super popular character. The sculptor, Me-n, still creates figures today too (his latest from last TF was ITEM #721094). Maybe it was just a high quality personal project?

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Habanero-tan and her SD counterpart were easy builds minus some puttying to smooth pieces out (hair + big Habanero-tan’s dress). She is a very specific, bright shade of red-orange which admittedly is one of my least favorite colors of so I'll probably move onto some softer colors for my next kit haha;; Both of these figures are airbrushed with lacquer and acrylic and hand-painted with enamel. I also spent two weeks looking for a matching base. Technically it has a different species of chili pepper instead of habanero but I’m still amazed the color ended up being a perfect match. Below are a few WIP photos as well as my final photos so enjoy!

The parts were very well cast. There were very few air bubbles, seamlines were minimal, and all of the parts fit together well. The main improvements made to this figure were puttying connections between joints for an overall smoother appearance.

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This is kind of puttying 101 and 102. You can choose to fill in connections with putty before or after painting depending on how your figure is constructed. In this case, I decided to putty the large Habanero-tan's dress before painting. However, this was not possible with the two heads due to the way they were constructed and pinned. I had to fully paint, assemble, and glue the parts together before I smoothed the connections out. I used Tamiya Light-curing putty to do this but any regular non-shrinking putty will work fine. My one recommendation if you do this post-assembly is to make sure you mix enough paint beforehand or at the very least write down your paint color recipe! You want the colors to match or blend well and the goal here is to look seamless.

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As usual, I hand-paint all of my eyes. These ones are painted with enamel like my last few kits. My general process these days is schlera --> eyelashes + eye outline --> iris --> pupil + other details --> shine + refining details. Depending on how complicated the eye is or if I'm winging it for an original character the steps can change.

That's pretty much it in terms of prep haha; Thanks for checking out this blog and my finished pics below! More pics are available on my MFC page or you can also follow my work on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Just out of curiosity... Are you selling her?
7 måneder siden
Muntoe1 år siden#57671648Haha thanks Maakie :) I don't really read blogs at all anymore but glad you took the time to find and look at this one. Good luck with those kits!

Thanks! :D I'll try to think of it to remind you when my blogs for my new kits are up. Doing quite some experimenting lately. Summarized:

ITEM #119873 = My last 'amateurish' one, fully handpainted. 95% finished and slowly working on the blog about it.

ITEM #12293 = My first mainly airbrushed one, 25% finished.

ITEM #92386 = My first fully handpainted one now that I got some better equipment and paints (and things are going a lot better), 10% finished.

And also soon a friend is going to send me a kit he would like me to paint. I don't feel good enough for comissions, so just material costs covered and a lot of fun involved. :) I'm hoping/expecting my experimenting with above 3 will make me able to do a good job with how his kit is going to be. I really think I stepped up in quality, but I'll first have to finish my kit and blog about my last 'amateurish' one, haha!
1 år siden
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Maakie1 år siden#57487055I'm so backlogged with reading blogs, I only came across this one now! Nice work! :D I loooove their faces!
I've been working a lot more on my GK's myself also recently, so this kind of stuff always works for extra motivation!
Haha thanks Maakie :) I don't really read blogs at all anymore but glad you took the time to find and look at this one. Good luck with those kits!
1 år siden
I'm so backlogged with reading blogs, I only came across this one now! Nice work! :D I loooove their faces!

I've been working a lot more on my GK's myself also recently, so this kind of stuff always works for extra motivation!
1 år siden
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Lobelias1 år siden#50407824Wooow. that sounds like a great technique for getting your eyes just right. and quite shiny! since my parents gave me a space for crafting, (i have no room myself,) i'll just have to go with acrylics in an airbrush and handbrush. can't make my parents coughYou can still do some really great things with hand-brushing! I painted all of my kits that way with craft acrylics until about a year ago. Super fine brushes, ink pens and toothpicks are your friends lol. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions!
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Muntoe1 år siden#50401577She does have that early Disgaea look! Once you get the hang of it painting with enamel is very easy. The key to hand-painting with enamel is to thin appropriately and paint on top of a sealed, lacquer gloss coat. Enamel paint and thinner will not react with the lacquer topcoat so when you paint on top of gloss you can wipe away any mistakes with enamel thinner. This method is used quite widely among Japanese painters which is how they get those sharp eye lines and details.
Wooow. that sounds like a great technique for getting your eyes just right. and quite shiny! since my parents gave me a space for crafting, (i have no room myself,) i'll just have to go with acrylics in an airbrush and handbrush. can't make my parents cough
1 år siden
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Lobelias1 år siden#50305243You know, I wouldve thought her as a disgaea character ^^
How is it to hand-paint with enamel? Mostly I know it as going in airbrushes
She does have that early Disgaea look! Once you get the hang of it painting with enamel is very easy. The key to hand-painting with enamel is to thin appropriately and paint on top of a sealed, lacquer gloss coat. Enamel paint and thinner will not react with the lacquer topcoat so when you paint on top of gloss you can wipe away any mistakes with enamel thinner. This method is used quite widely among Japanese painters which is how they get those sharp eye lines and details.

Rajke1 år siden#50306235Nice job. Everything is painted so nicely. I like the way how you covered the seamlines. :DThank you for your kind comment ^^

birdboy1 år siden#50308153so cute!!! you did such a great job painting them both ^_^ may i ask where you got the kit (or any gk for that matter)?Thank you! I purchased this kit off of Mandarake a few years ago. Garage kits are limited in production so most of the time you need to find and purchase them through second-hand through websites. Yahoo!Japan auctions has the widest selection but it also requires the use of a proxy. There are also other websites like Mandarake, Suruga-ya, and Jungle (some of these have international shops). More recently Japanese sculptors have begun selling some of their works through mail-order on Pixiv BOOTH or their own websites. If you are interested in purchasing directly through the sculptor I created a list available here. There are also websites that sell recasts (copies of original garage kits) but I choose not to actively advocate for them anymore. Google "garage kit anime" or similar terms and you will find links to them directly or through Reddit.

Shaolan-kun1 år siden#50383254It's been so long since I tasted it, but I remember a subtle flavor of real habanero peppers, which I know quite well. If you like spicy flavors then you definitely need to give it a try, so you can also have the chance of taking photos of the real snack together with your gorgeous kit.Thanks for the heads up! I'm OK with most spice so it sounds like I need to give these a try :p
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Muntoe1 år siden#50304023Does the snack actually taste like peppers or is it more of a generic spicy? After all of this I'm tempted to try them.
It's been so long since I tasted it, but I remember a subtle flavor of real habanero peppers, which I know quite well. If you like spicy flavors then you definitely need to give it a try, so you can also have the chance of taking photos of the real snack together with your gorgeous kit.

Muntoe1 år siden#50304023I'm also amused that the bag looks so scary yet Habanero-tan is the complete opposite lol.
That's the appeal :-D I always loved this panel danbooru.donmai...
1 år siden
so cute!!! you did such a great job painting them both ^_^ may i ask where you got the kit (or any gk for that matter)?
1 år siden
Rajke Ca Fanatic
Nice job. Everything is painted so nicely. I like the way how you covered the seamlines. :D
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