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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MG RB-79 Ball ver. Ka


Background information

The RB-79 Ball is widely considered the weakest, most ineffective mobile weapons to ever be fielded during the One Year War. The ball earned the moniker "Mobile Coffin" or "Spherical Coffin" after the battle Star-One where over 1,000 RB-79s in conjunction with Magellan and Salamis-class warships were tasked with pushing the Zeon back from the Earth. 

Despite the poor reputation the Ball had with pilots, it had several distinct tactical advantages over contemporary Mobile Suits. The smaller form factor of the Ball made it a more difficult target to hit over its larger contemporaries. The Ball weighed in at 17.2 tons, less than half the weight of a GM at 41.2 tons. The weight savings provides the ball with better acceleration characteristics (.96G) to that of a GM (.94G). The Ball cost considerably less than contemporary MS of the era, the production cost of the vanilla RX-79 GM was four time greater than that of the Ball. 

The Ball did have several short comings: the armor of the Ball was notoriously weak, the directed solid explosive thrusters used for quick maneuvering had an extremely limited number of uses, and the ball lacked any close range combat weapons aside from the manipulators.

Modeling

The paint scheme I chose for this kit was a homage to the periwinkle color of the ball in the original MSG. I also decided to pull inspiration from the RG line by painting certain panels In a different darker color. 

Painting

Exterior:

The main color is white with a touch of grey and blue. 
The darker main color is the same mix, but with more grey and blue. 
Some panel colors are in neutral grey
The hatch and side details are bright red

Interior:

The interior is Alcad's magnesium or Neutral grey, these areas were lightly dry brushed with an enamel silver to bring out the detail.
I also painted enamel, red, silver and gold to highlight panels throughout the frame.

Decals

The decals used on this kit are from the MG RB-79K Ball (the orange ball from 8th MS Team) and from the EFSF decal set DX-04. The decals from the 79K were all modified to remove the K from any labels, I included the "arrow through the heart" from the DX-04 for a little variety.

Enjoy the photos!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MG Crossbone X2 Ver. Ka Completed!


I've finally finished the Crossbone X2. The Crossbone kit (Ka, Full Cloth, X2 and X3) is a bit dated and requires more effort than many newer kits; you'll need to employ masking, reverse washing and a few other techniques to achieve the 'side of the box' look. 

Instead of doing one large text blob at the top, I'm going to include notes relative to the images below. Enjoy the photos!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

500,000th give away update



I've randomly selected a winner from the list of individuals that have left comments on the last post.

The winner is Skyler Hoeft. Congratulations, give the Spallow a good home!

Thanks to everyone that left a comment on the last post.

Friday, May 23, 2014

500,000 hit give away



I've decided to celebrate the 500,00th hit on my blog by giving away a very special item. It's my recently completed MG Age 1 Spallow. If you would like a chance to win this kit you have to be a follower on my blog. You can join in the side bar to the right. Leave a comment below indicating what your favorite kit or event of mine has been and what you would like to see in the future.

I'll pick a random winner by Sunday the 25th of May 2014.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MG Age 1 Spallow


I picked this MG Age 1 Spallow in a trade with a fellow on reddit a few months ago. He received a new in box MG Astray Blue Frame and I got his already built Age 2 Normal and Age 1 Spallow. I finished the Age 2 Normal in December but the Spallow sat on the shelf until about April before I began working on it. 

I received the Spallow in built condition; the builder did an okay job cleaning nubs (this isn't meant as a put down to the original owner; I'm just finicky about this sort of thing), but I went back and did some reworking to fill in gouges with putty and neaten things up before priming. 

The paint job on this kit is very close to stock. I can only assume that the blue and black color scheme of the kit was supposed to be reminiscent of the popular culture depictions of Ninjas. I made a few color changes to remove the white from the fore arms, shoulders and legs. I also decided to blend a small amount of neutral gray into the white of the kit to tone down the contrast against the colors of the kit. 

The asymmetrical decal layout on this kit was a mistake on my part. The chevrons on the shoulders should have both been facing front, however I mixed up the parts and didn't notice my mistake until it was too late. 

The MG Spallow wasn't a well received kit when it was released and after building and posing the kit I can definitely see why. It lacks the impact the Age 1 Titus has with it's massively over sized limbs and beam effects, but it also lacks the panel lining detail and weapons of the Age 1 Normal. Overall it's not a "bad" kit, but it's uninteresting and it's legs have a limited range of posability. 

Hit the bump for the full photo shoot!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Traffic Milestone



In a few short hours this blog will hit it's 500,000th viewer...

To celebrate this event I'm going to be doing something very special. If you're a regular on the blog stay tuned; I should have a post dedicated to this up by the end of the week.

Friday, May 2, 2014

GoodGuyCompetition 2014 Winners Announced



Here it is; the moment a lot of you have been waiting for; today I'm going to announce the winners of the 2014 GGC...


We had a bit of delay with the judging process. At the last minute I decided to combine the intermediate and advanced categories into one combined category. I made this decision due to both the low completion rate in the advanced category as wells as the high quality builds that came out of the intermediate category. 

This contest had a ton of really great, well executed and creative submissions, and I regret not having more prizes to hand out to more participants!

But before I announce the winners let's take a moment to look at all of the user submissions. Users that submitted their kits through online albums have their names linked to more content.