First off, I didn't paint everything because I thought it was unnecessary. I left the plated parts as is, along with some of the gold parts. ASM took some great photos and he hasn't done anything to his frame yet so I'll be using him as a point of comparison. These are his unpainted legs. I elected to only paint the section below the knees because it was the most blatant offender (to my eyes). I didn't go "all in" on the frame because I thought about ease of painting and the amount of time it would take. I balance these considerations to get an acceptable effort/effect ratio. The lower leg seperates easily below the knee. I masked the feet and just sprayed it with Tamiya Acrylic X-12 Gold Leaf.
|The arms were a little bit special. I disassembled them, removed the plated parts, re-assembled and then painted as one piece. I didn't paint the pieces individually. I painted them as a whole.|
|Entire waist/hip area + upper leg joints were done. You can see I left a bit of the yellow on the knee caps. Too small to be fussy about + I wanted to leave a bit of the yellow in just to break up the colours and add some separation to the parts.|
|I didn't bother with the feet. Too much of pain to disassemble plus there isn't that much of that yellow to warrant me going through the effort. There's enough plated gold there to balance it out. Gotta think about the E/E ratio!|
|Shiny gold body and flat light grey boots. I like the contrast!|
If you're the type of person that cares about that stuff I'd highly recommended doing it the way I outlined here. It's low cost, low risk, low effort but high return. I DO recommended using acrylics because you don't want to risk enamels or lacquers eating away the plastic (if you're not priming). Trust me.