Appleseed +++ 1:8 Deunan Knute in ESWAT battle armor
New pics from an older New (recast) kit - from the almost classic character Deunan Knute from Masamune Shirow's "Appleseed" manga, which is one of the fundamental SF works that one should read (and not watch the rather horrible anime and animation films. Don't waste your lifetime with this crap!).
Assembly went pretty straightforward, no mods or conversions. But I found the choice of colors a challenge.
I consulted the Appleseed mangas for reference and color details and found out that this Deunan figure is supposed to wear a single color, reddish brown overall. And the hard armor parts are some dark grey. Ugh! So dull... :(
Since I wanted the figure to look somewhat (more) interesting, but also authentic, I stretched the original color concept and went for a very light rust-red/reddish brown as basic color. To make it more "interesting" (and point out details on this rather small scale figure) I highlighted everything with much dry painting and some dark contrast washes with black ink. In this case and with a rather grunty military look, this worked pretyt fine.
This "weathering" measurement was a huge success, because the grey armor parts now stand out against the reddish brown, and this lighter overall color also matches well with the bright blonde hair.
In order to add some more detail I also added (hadn-written/-painted) stencils on some armor parts - also taken from Masamune Shirow's mangas as benchmark.