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.
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?
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.
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.
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.