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MS-05B Matt Austin Custom by TheQuestionMarksKiss MS-05B Matt Austin Custom by TheQuestionMarksKiss
Old pic: [link]

CPO Matt Austin from Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Fronts should be memorable to anyone who played said game. This badass refused to upgrade to the MS-06 Zaku II, Gouf, or Dom throughout the entire One Year War. The old vet upgraded his Zaku I with better equipment as it was made available, such as a Heat Saber introduced with the Gouf, several new bazookas introduced with the Dom, and a heavy shield salvaged from an RGM-79.

Update: I re uploaded the picture because of some heavy and much needed work to the shield. The old picture showed the shield with a single and sloppy wash of rusty brown but in the new picture, the shield was treated with salt and repainted.

How I did it
1. Paint silver chrome onto the shield
2. After the silver chrome has dried, paint on the color you want. Make sure your paint is diluted with acrylic thinner or alcohol.
3. While the paint is still wet, pour salt onto it.
4. The severeity of the weathering will depend upon how long you let the salt and paint mixture dry. I let mine dry for about 1 minute.
5. Rinse painted piece under warm water.
6. Dab piece with a towel

The result will be paint with a granular texture. To get a really nice beat-up feel to your part, go over it a few times with a few thing washes of Gun Metal.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Badass version of the boosted Zaku I in its ultimate form. +fav 
TheQuestionMarksKiss Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha! Thank you so much! Glory to the principality of Zeon!
Zeonista Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Feel our spirit! And our bazooka shots! CURSE YOU! 
gundam04 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Daime love the color schemes, the shield looks wierd but it manages to go with Zaku I
TheQuestionMarksKiss Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! And yeah, I agree that the feddy heavy shield looks odd on a Zaku I but it sure makes for a nice trophy. Anyone who could take out and RGM-79 in a Zaku I deserves to have something to show for it and Matt Austin is one hell of a pilot. :P 
clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I have a new weathering technique to try out! Thanks!
TheQuestionMarksKiss Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Happy to help! Have fun! :)
Anastas2002 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I've always liked the old "cannon fodder" types in the Mobile Suit Gundam series. I love the backstory on the pilot and why he rides such an old machine. He makes a nice counterbalance to the young protagonist who pilots the latest, most cutting edge weapon.
TheQuestionMarksKiss Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I hear you man. With the exception of Gundam Wing and Z Gundam to an extent, I've found the Gundam pilots to be bitchy little kids. Ramba Ral is easily my favorite character from Mobile Suit Gundam if only for his attitude on war.
Anastas2002 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Oddly enough, I felt the same way about the kids in Gundam Wing, but that may be more due to the fact that we ran the videos nonstop at my employer in order to sell the toys. 08th MS Team has been my favorite series so far.
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