Sunday, January 25, 2015

2 Minute review: Turn X Gundam


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Views Update



I just cracked 800,000 views this week!

That's pretty awesome! What's going to be more awesome is the give away I'll do at 1 million hits!

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PG Wing Zero Custom Commission

Progress: Construction and painting

I have built and owned many Perfect Grades over the last few years, I had 2 Strike Gundams, 2 Skygrasper and Aile packs, a Red Frame Astray and a Strike Freedom but I've never kept any of them for very long. 

This however is going to be my very first PG commission. 

Unlike most of my commission projects where I build the entire kit before painting I am going to build and paint this model in sections. I am doing this because of the complexity and reliance on screws and bolts to hold the model together. 

First up are the arms.

The arms already came partially assembled, I disassembled, sanded and cleaned up what was already together and then began on the remainder. 

This kit is going to feature the standard wing zero color scheme with the exception of the yellow shoulder trim and v fin pieces. I painted these parts first with a layer of star bright gold and then two coats of clear yellow to add shine and luster. 



The frame of the arms have been complete paint and reassembled. The chrome details were repainted with duralinium.


I hand painted the silver and dark grey parts in the shoulder. I think these pieces are supposed to represent artificial musculature.


Monday, January 19, 2015

MG Concept-X 6-1-2 Turn X


Suit Lore

The Concept-X 6-1-2 Turn X or Turn X for short is a mobile suit featured in ∀ Gundam. The Turn X is the sister suit to the ∀ Gundam, and is generally consider to surpass or at least match to the ∀ Gundam. 

Kit Talk 

This is the first commission kit of 2015 and a kit I greatly anticipated building. The client requested a slighting modified color scheme with a less saturated color scheme. This kit was built out of box without modification. I used secondary decals from the MG Qan[t] and 1/100 Zeta Gundam Series decal sets the primary decals are the included dry transfers. 

Unlike most of my previous commissions I painted the included pilot figures of Gym Ghingham and I will likely continue to paint these figures to improve my hand brushing ability.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Metal Gear Ray Color Guide

This translated color guide is brought to you in part by the following helpful readers: Lucan & Ho Hai!

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Commission Project Turn X 6-1-2 Concept

Introduction:

This is going to be an ongoing post following my progress on the MG Turn X Gundam.

Current Status:

Complete

Straight build no paint:

After about 8 hours the Turn X is fully cleaned up and ready for paint prep.



Friday, January 2, 2015

HG MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom



Big thanks to Zarwiain my Reddit Secret Santa Gift exchange match. My goal this year is to finish all three of his gifts before the end of the first quarter of 2015! You can check out the first kit the Zogok here.

Suit Lore


The B-3 Gouf Custom was an upgraded variant of the standard 07B-Gouf; and was developed as a result of the 07B's field performance. The B-3 was redesigned to eliminate the fixed armament (5 barrel 75mm machine gun) and to replace the heat rod with a more versatile magnetic grappler.


Due to the changing battle field and general push back towards combat in space it's likely that the number of 07B Gouf's converted into B3's was very limited; and it's widely believed that the B3s that were converted were assigned to ace pilots such as Lou Roher from the Midnight Fenrir Corps and Norris Packard attached to the Apsalus Project.


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Kit Talk


The final battle between Norris and Shiro towards the end of the 8th MS team has always been one of my favorite scenes mostly due to how intimidating Norris is throughout the fight.


This is the second time I've built the HG Gouf Custom. The first time was in the fall of 2013, I planned on bringing the kit with me to GBWC at NYCC but a few weeks before the event a close friend passed away and I was barely able to finish the two kits I had nearly complete at the time. That Gouf (I called him lonesome Gouf) was around for a while before I ended up damaging him with a bad weather wash. But he did make several appearances in videos and photo shoots. But after I received this model in the 2014 Gunpla Exchange through Reddit I decided that it was time for Lonesome Gouf to go. In the end he gave up a few parts so that this Gouf could be a little bit different.


I did a few things on this kit to improve it from stock. It has a brand new commanders horn courtesy of the builders parts pack above. I fixed the major offending seamlines on the backs of the legs. shoulder armor and gatling gun. I also added to pla-plate latches to the legs and used BMC chisels on the backs of the legs, rear skirt and in the arm pit area.


I decided to incorporate a few painting techniques out of boredom with entirely stock schemes and a desire to indicate that this isn't Norris' B-3 Gouf. I masked the white details above the leg vents and commanders antenna, and masked all of the yellow swatches on the chest, and gatling guns. Then I went back and added a gradient fade to the shoulders, lower arms, legs and skirt buy adding white to their respective colors and then blended it back in.


I developed the decal scheme around the same time I was writing the Custom Decal Scheme article and I wanted to incorporate some of the things I discussed in the tips section.  


Hit the Bump for the photo shoot!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Micro-tutorial: Custom Decal schemes

Introduction

One of the top comments in a survey thread I made a month ago was to create small 'bite sized' tutorials. This is the second I that series of tutorials; you can see the first tutorial on custom color schemes here.


With the recent success of Gundam Build Fighters more and more people have become interested in custom mobile suits, paint jobs and kit bashing. In this micro tutorial I am going to offer some basic tips and tricks for newcomers that are interested in creating their own custom decal schemes. 

Decals

I classify decals into two major groups: primary and secondary. 

Primary



Primary decals tend to be larger, more complex or colorful than secondary decals. Primary decals are typically ace pilot or unit insignia, unit or ms numbers, force designations, rank, manufactures or ship assignments. Primary decals are typically prominently placed on large flat surfaces such as shoulders, shields, skirts or other flat areas. Primary decals tend to be detailed and interesting enough to stand on their own, and typically have a canonical meaning to them within the Gundam multiverse.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

r/gunpla meet up at Gundam Planet

One of the community members on r/Gunpla Filphil set up a meeting at Gundam Planet in Palisades Park, NJ on January 17th from 3 until 7 

If you're interested in coming to the meeting check out the post here: 

http://www.reddit.com/r/Gunpla/comments/2q0fuq/tristate_area_rgunpla_meet_at_gundam_planet/

Hope to see you there!

GGD

Saturday, December 13, 2014

MSM-08 Zogok


Big thanks to Zarwiain my Reddit Secret Santa Gift exchange match. My goal this year is to finish all three of his gifts before the end of the first quarter of 2015!

Suit Lore

MIP one of civilian companies responsible for creating mobile suits and fighter craft for the Principality of Zeon created the Zogok as a distant offshoot of the Z'gok and shares some similarities in design and capability. Like the Z'gok The Zogok is capable of amphibious operation and was designed primarily as a close combat unit. To fullfill it's role as a close combat weapon Zogok features several pieces of integrated weaponry such as the rocket punch and head mounted boomerang cutters.   

This particular Zogok features a borrowed heat sword from the MS-07 Gouf and two Sturm Faust single shot rockets.

Mini Review

I have wanted this HG kit since it was initially released in 2013. It has such a odd and eccentric design and I felt drawn to it. Right out of the box the Zogok looks fantastic, and there are very few seam lines that need to be addressed. 

The articulation of the kit is just okay, I found that the design of the arms somewhat limits the poseability of the arms. I personally found it difficult to convincingly aim the Sturm Faust or post the sword in a mid-swing position. One the positive side the Zogok's design kind of lends itself to comical posing like the Acguy or Juaggu.

Despite the very minor issues with the arm poseability I strongly recommend this kit to builders interested in building something a little bit different from the run of the mill Zaku or Gundam. It's a well designed kit with a very cool and different look. 

If you're interested in picking up this or other kits consider purchasing through the Amazon links on my site. Every purchase you make helps me out tremendously and doesn't cost you a dime!



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Micro-tutorial: Custom Color Schemes


One of the top comments in a survey thread I made a month ago was to create small 'bite sized' tutorials. This is going to be the first in a new series.

With the recent success of Gundam Build Fighters more and more people have become interested in custom mobile suits, paint jobs and kit bashing. In this micro tutorial I am going to offer some basic tips and tricks for newcomers that are interested in painting custom color schemes. 


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Vic Viper by Kotobukiya


Suit Lore

Vic Viper is a name a lot of old school gamers should recognize. For those of you not familiar with the name Vic Viper (V2 for short) is the protagonist ship from the Gradius series. More recently however Vic Viper made a cameo appearance as a LEV (Laborious Extra-Orbital Vehicle) piloted by Leo Stenbuck in Zone of the Enders: Second Runner (Anubis if you're in Japan). ZOE:2ndR was a game originally released for the PS2 in the early 2000s, but has recently been rereleased and remastered  for the Xbox360 and PS3. If you've never heard of, or played ZOE I would highly recommend picking it up, it's a fast paced, stylish, and fun mech combat game created by Metal Gear legend Hideo Kojima.

Like the Zeta Gundam, V2 is able to transform between a mecha and an aircraft; it's sleek and nimble design hints at it's role as a fast attack craft.



Kit Talk

Unfortunately like a lot of Kotobukiya kits I felt like this require a little too much work to get it to a presentable level. I fixed seam lines on the arms, wings, upper legs and crotch, due to the assembly of the lower leg I left the seam lines exposed on the lower part of the leg. All of the joints needed to be modified to accept the parts after the seam lines were fused.

Out of the box this kit is mostly molded in a warm white color similar to the color of the EZ-8 Gundam. I opted to pre-shade this kit due to the simplicity of the of the design and lack of complexity in the geometry of the armor panels. 


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Builder Spotlight HeyItsJay from Jay's Gunpla


Click on any image in this post to be taken to Jay's Gunpla Blog.

It's been a while since I've done a builder's spotlight, but a few weeks ago Jay from Jay's Gunpla sent me an email about launching a blog and I offered to feature him.

One of my favorite aspects of this hobby is that there are so many awesome builders out there. If you're just getting started in the hobby and would like to have your work featured send me an email!


If you're a regular visitor to my blog you may realize that this MG Strike Freedom looks familiar. Jay took second place in my 2014 Gunpla Competition. His Strike Freedom is extremely impressive considering this was the first kit he ever airbrushed!


Although you wouldn't realize it based on the very high standard of work he has consistently generated, Jay is still new to the hobby! Hopefully you'll keep an eye on Jay like I will; I expect that this is only the beginning for him, and that he'll continue to improve in leaps and bounds.

I'm eagerly waiting to see your newest creation Jay, so keep up the great work!

Monday, December 1, 2014

MG RX-0 Unicorn Gundam (deactivated mode)

MG RX-0 Unicorn Gundam (deactivated mode)



With the recent conclusion of the Gundam Unicorn OVA this kit shouldn't need much introduction. 

Suit Lore

The Unicorn Gundam was a revolutionary mobile suit design developed during the UC Project as an Anti-Newtype weapon. The Unicorn has psycoframe material integrated into it's entire internal frame; this material increases the responsiveness of the mobile suit to incredible levels. A capable pilot is able to essentially using the Unicorn as an extension of their own body, and in some cases appears to react so quickly that it appears that the suit acts according to it's own will. An example of this occurs about 30 minutes into the 2nd OVA when Banager Links sorties against Full Frontal's Sinanju for the first time. As Full Frontal closes in for an attack the Unicorn dodges a blow and Bananger remarks "You dodged him for me?" indicating his confusion. Along side the full psychoframe the Unicorn also featured the NT-D (Newtype Destroyer) system; this system unlocks the Unicorn's full potential for a limited time period (to protect the pilot). 

The Unicorn Gundam was completed at the Granada facility alongside the Banshee; at which point the Vist Foundation took control of the project and thus started the events of the Unicorn OVA. 

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