The idea for this build was largely inspired by all the various Amuro custom test mobile suits throughout the gundam universe, especially the Zeta Plus A1, so I decided to make a build theorizing what a Byarlant would look like if it had a newtype pilot.
Before I had decided the colors, I had already made the decision to try and do some light kitbashing on the kit, just to give it a bit more presence. I settled on the idea of giving it extra arms in order to mount a large beam rifle I had on hand, and also added some leftover front skirts from the High Grade Hi-Nu Gundam, along with extra antenna from an old macross kit I had lying around.
I added these parts simply by drilling out holes with a pin vice and then just popping the 3.5mm pegs into the holes. For the beam rifle I used the original rifle from the High Grade Sinanju Stein, along with a spare e-pac and some extra parts from the High Grade Jesta.
When I got to painting the kit, my goal was to do a digital camouflage effect on all the red parts, accented by the cream white color characteristic of Amuro Test Mobile suits. This was my first time trying anything with a camo pattern, so I just cut out random angles and triangles out of frog tape and just applied it in small amounts until I was happy with the effect.
For the decals and panel lining I ended up using a thick gloss coat (testors gloss coat as that’s all that’s available to me) and it ended up way too glossy. To get rid of the gloss I finally sealed the whole thing with Vallejo matte varnish, which helped the decals look a bit more cohesive.
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