Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GoodGuyCompetition 2014 Status Update 4



Status Update #4

The competition is now nearing its close, many participants have already shared their submission photos. If you're a participant make sure you submit your photos before the deadline!

I am going to reveal the final participation prizes today:

Participation prize #1:

HG Victory


Participation prize #2:

Gundam Origin #1



Participation prize #3:

Decal pack Zaku 2 2.0 and GM 2.0, Builders Parts 1/100 Beam Effect parts (light pink) and Giroro robo MK II Red


Roster

Beginner:

Chris MG Epyon
Brian RG RX -178
Samuel HG Nemo
Brian RG Perfect Strike
Wilfrido HG Hygogg
Brent HG Sinanju
Karin HG Sengoku Astray
Leo HG Gundam X Maoh
Josh MG Aile Strike RM
Anthony HG Double X
Jonathan MG Sengoku Astary
Erich MG RX 78-2 3.0
Robert Zaku II J.Ridden's Custom 
Ian MG God Gundam
Kevin MG Deathscythe Hell EW
Joey MG Gm Type C
Chris HG Stark Jegan
Reed MG Build Strike Full Package
Yi RG Destiny
Hayden HG Rezel Commander
James HG EX-S Gundam
NickJohn RG RX -178 MK II TITANS
Matthew HG Shining Gundam
Howard HG GM K9
Joey MG Duel Gundam
Harrison RG Strike Freedom
Jeremy RG Strike Freedom
Gilbert HG Freedom
Chris MG Astray
Isaac HG Unicorn Destroy Mode
Jerry MG Unicorn
Wei HG F91
Nicholas F90II

Intermediate:

Guillaume HG Powered GM
Josh MG Sazabi ver. Ka
Corey HG Master Gundam & Fuunsaiki
Wayne MG Talgeese
Justin HG Delta Plus 
Rick RG Gundam Mk II Titans version
Zain MG Sinanju Stein 
Kapil MG Wing Proto Zero
Jay MG Strike Freedom Full burst mode
Tyler MG Nu Gundam ver. ka
Maxwell HG 00 Seven sword G Exia R2
Albert HG Jesta
Elvin HG Astray Blue Frame
Delmar MG Exia
Lyndon HG Zaku 2 Shin Matsunaga ver
Austin HG GP02A Physalis 

Advanced:

Tu MG Unicorn OVA dropped out
Alan HG Nobel dropped out
Adam HG Gebera Tetra
Ray SD GUNDAM MK II
Mike AG Legalis
Jake HG Hyaku Shiki
Shawn HG Rebawoo
Full MG Sinanju dropped out
Luke HG Powered GM
Ryan HG Zeta 


Monday, April 7, 2014

Sinanju Rifle Fix

The MG Sinanju is a kit that's on just about every top ten list out there. But, it's inability to hold its rifle is a major flaws of it's design. Having built a few Sinanjus before, I knew that it's grasp on the weapon is always tenuous so I sought a solution I hadn't seen online yet. 

An easy fix would have been to simply glue the rifle to the hand after painting, but this solution would also limit posing with other weapons. Tying the weapon on using clear fishing line is also an option, but it wasn't aesthetically appealing. The solution I chose was to utilize the 1/100 builders part set of Zeon style hands. 



RG GP01 FB WIP



The GP01 was the kit I received during the 2013 holiday gift exchange on Reddit. I have a love hate relationship with RG kits, I really love the sculpt and detail of the RG line but having large meaty hands I have a difficult time handling all of the small parts.

The RG is going to be a pretty straight forward build. I've only modified the kit lightly by adding pla-plate to the neck to give it more height to eliminate the 'turtle' look the kit has out of the box. 


I have decided to incorporate the builder parts weapon set 003 into this build, because I've seen resin versions of the GP01 with a long cannon type weapon called an 'ore cannon'. I really liked the way the kit looked with the cannon so I decided to incorporate something similar into my build. Interestingly the weapon set includes the parts to make a beam cannon very similar to the Gp01's stock equipment.


Although I have not started painting yet, this kit is going to have a close to stock color scheme, but I plan on pushing the RG style color separation further, and I am planning on using a lighter bluish purple color, closer to a periwinkle.

I'm planning on modifying the decal scheme of this build. I have the waterslide set for the GP01Fb but I've never liked the large 01 decal on the left shoulder. Instead I plan on using some of the smaller AL (Albion) decals from the DX 04 Federation decal set. The decal set also features a few Torrington Base specific decals, I may have to pick up the HG GM Custom and Cannon to complete the Albion mobile suit crew...



MG Crossbone X2 wip

It's been a while since I've done any updates on the Xbone 2, but since finishing the Zaku 2 Head I've found myself making a lot of progress on this model. My goal with the X2 is to use the yellow and sky blue more liberally to contrast with the dark navy blue. 

The X2 isn't an old kit, but due to the smaller scale of the MS many of the details on this kit are not molded in color and need to be painted. Over the weekend I completed most of the difficult masking on this model.

The shoulder thruster pods are on of the most notable areas that require painting, but can easily done by painting the yellow area first, masking the entire recessed area and applying the navy blue color. The final black color is a reversed wash enamel. The French benefit of painting the thrusters this way is that you won't need to panel line the piece. 



Sunday, April 6, 2014

1/35 Hard Graph Zaku Head


This is the first kit I've built since finishing off the last four part commission series. This is the now out of print 1/35 scale Hard Graph Zaku head. Unlinked most Gunpla kits, this model really suffers from fragility and parts fitamint issues. If you happen to have one of these kits I really recommend using glue to permanently fix some of these parts together; it will make things so mush easier!

I wanted do a more in depth paint job on this model, I used pre-shading, post-shading and weathering to enhance the the look of the kit. The strategy I used to shade the kit was painting darker colors towards the bottom of the kit and in recesses and lighter colors on the top. The kit was weathered using enamel washes of brown, tan, black and white; and also Tamiya weathering pastels including sand, and dirt.

Hit the bump for the full photos shoot!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MG Banshee Final Battle Version



Hey guys this is the last commission of the four part series which includes HG PhenexMG Qan[t] and MG Tallgeese II. I won't lie, I'm happy to see this commission series come to a close; not because I didn't like kits, but because now I can get back to my backlog of kits!

If you're unfamiliar with the Final Battle Version of the Banshee here's a bit of the suit's backstory to get you caught up. In the novelization of Gundam Unicorn there is no Banshee with an armed armor DE or VN, it's simply another Unicorn chassis with a recolor, new horn and no La Plus program. 

With the last episode of the gundam Unicorn saga approaching I have to wonder if we're going to see the Banshee Norn with a green frame...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

GoodGuyCompetition 2014 Status Update 3



Status Update #3

Registration for the competition ends tonight (March 19th) at midnight est!


The competition is now well underway and just about everyone has submitted WIPs.

Because we had more than 5 users register for the advanced category I will not lump them into the intermediate category.

Today I'm also happy to announce the second participation prize!

Participation prize #1:


Participation prize #2:


Roster

Beginner:

Chris MG Epyon
Brian RG RX -178
Samuel HG Nemo
Brian RG Perfect Strike
Wilfrido HG Hygogg
Brent HG Sinanju
Karin HG Sengoku Astray
Leo HG Gundam X Maoh

Josh MG Aile Strike RM
Anthony HG Double X
Jonathan MG Sengoku Astary
Erich MG RX 78-2 3.0
Robert Zaku II J.Ridden's Custom 
Ian MG God Gundam
Kevin MG Deathscythe Hell EW
Joey MG Gm Type C
Chris HG Stark Jegan
Reed MG Build Strike Full Package
Yi RG Destiny
Hayden HG Rezel Commander
James HG EX-S Gundam
NickJohn RG RX -178 MK II TITANS
Matthew HG Shining Gundam
Howard HG GM K9
Joey MG Duel Gundam
Harrison RG Strike Freedom
Jeremy RG Strike Freedom
Gilbert HG Freedom
Chris MG Astray
Isaac HG Unicorn Destroy Mode
Jerry MG Unicorn
Wei HG F91
Nicholas F90II

Intermediate:

Guillaume HG Powered GM

Josh MG Sazabi ver. Ka
Corey HG Master Gundam & Fuunsaiki
Wayne MG Talgeese
Justin HG Delta Plus 
Rick RG Gundam Mk II Titans version
Zain MG Sinanju Stein 
Kapil MG Wing Proto Zero
Jay MG Strike Freedom Full burst mode
Tyler MG Nu Gundam ver. ka
Maxwell HG 00 Seven sword G Exia R2
Albert HG Jesta
Elvin HG Astray Blue Frame
Delmar MG Exia
Lyndon HG Zaku 2 Shin Matsunaga ver
Austin HG GP02A Physalis 

Advanced:

Tu MG Unicorn OVA
Alan HG Nobel
Adam HG Gebera Tetra
Ray SD GUNDAM MK II
Mike AG Legalis
Jake HG Hyaku Shiki
Shawn HG Rebawoo
Full MG Sinanju
Luke HG Powered GM
Ryan HG Zeta 



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GoodGuyCompetition 2014 Status Update 2



Status Update #2

The competition is picking up steam and we've had a slew of new participants sign up! I've already started to receive Wip photos and even photos of a completed kit!

Did you miss the initial announcement?

Don't worry there's you still have time left to register and participate! I have some great prizes for the winners of each category, as well as some participation prizes to be randomly given away!

Check out the contest page here!

I have a few updates to the contest, unless I can get a total of 5 users to register for the advanced category I will lump them into the intermediate category and choose 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners.

The registration period is going to end on March 19th make sure you sign up before then!

Today I'm also happy to announce the fist participation prize!

Participation prize #1:


The lucky winner of this kit will be selected at the end of the competition!

Roster

Beginner:

Chris MG Epyon
Brian RG RX -178
Samuel HG Nemo
Brian RG Perfect Strike
Wilfrido HG Hygogg
Brent HG Sinanju
Karin HG Sengoku Astray
Leo HG Gundam X Maoh
Josh MG Aile Strike RM
Anthony HG Double X
Jonathan MG Sengoku Astary
Erich MG RX 78-2 3.0
Robert Zaku II J.Ridden's Custom 
Ian MG God Gundam
Kevin MG Deathscythe Hell EW
Joey MG Gm Type C
Chris HG Stark Jegan
Reed MG Build Strike Full Package
Yi RG Destiny
Hayden HG Rezel Commander
James HG EX-S Gundam
NickJohn RG RX -178 MK II TITANS
Matthew HG Shining Gundam
Howard HG GM K9
Joey MG Duel Gundam
Harrison RG Strike Freedom
Jeremy RG Strike Freedom
Gilbert HG Freedom
Chris MG Astray

Intermediate:

Guillaume HG Powered GM
Josh MG Sazabi ver. Ka
Corey HG Master Gundam & Fuunsaiki
Wayne MG Talgeese
Justin HG Delta Plus 
Rick RG Gundam Mk II Titans version
Zain MG Sinanju Stein 
Kapil MG Wing Proto Zero
Jay MG Strike Freedom Full burst mode
Tyler MG Nu Gundam ver. ka
Maxwell HG 00 Seven sword G Exia R2
Albert HG Jesta
Elvin HG Astray Blue Frame

Advanced:

Tu MG Unicorn OVA
Alan HG Nobel
Adam HG Gebera Tetra
Ray SD GUNDAM MK II
Mike AG Legalis
Jake HG Hyaku Shiki
Shawn HG Rebawoo







Wednesday, March 5, 2014

GoodGuyCompetition 2014 Status Update 1



Status Update #1

The competition is already well underway; we have a few participants registered so far!


Did you miss the initial announcement?


Don't worry there's still plenty of time left to register and participate! I have some great prizes for the winners of each category, as well as some participation prizes to be randomly given away!


Check out the contest page here!


Roster


Beginner:


Brian RG RX -178
Samuel HG Nemo
Brian RG Perfect Strike
Wilfrido HG Hygogg
Brent HG Sinanju
Karin HG Sengoku Astray
Leo HG Gundam X Maoh
Josh MG Aile Strike RM
Anthony HG Double X
Jonathan MG Sengoku Astary
Erich MG RX 78-2 3.0
Robert Zaku II J.Ridden's Custom 
Ian MG God Gundam
Kevin MG Deathscythe Hell EW
Joey MG Gm Type C

Intermediate:

Guillaume HG Powered GM
Josh MG Sazabi ver. Ka
Corey HG Master Gundam & Fuunsaiki
Wayne MG Talgeese
Justin HG Delta Plus 
Rick RG Gundam Mk II Titans version
Zain MG Sinanju Stein 
Adam HG Gebera Tetra
Ray NG Wing Gundam Ag Age 2 Normal
Jay MG Strike Freedom Full burst mode

Advanced:

Tu MG Unicorn OVA
Alan HG Nobel






Saturday, February 22, 2014

Banshee Final Battle ver. Micro Update

I've been working on and off painting the Banshee Final Battle version whenever the weather has cooperated enough. The color scheme for this kit is not going to deviate far from the stock scheme. However I will through in my usual flair in certain areas. 



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