Sunday, November 15, 2015

1/12 Darth Vader

Kit Talk:

The 1/12 Darth Vader was a quick build to fill the gap between my last commission the MG Ex-S and the next commission the HG G-Self Perfect pack that arrived a few days ago. I snap built this kit about a month ago, I was able to complete the paint in a few nights.

Build & Paint info:

This kit had a few seam lines on the feet and gloves that needed to be fused. Many of the seam lines on the legs and arms align with the crevasse of the ribbed body suit; I left these as is.

I used the following paints:

Helmet, leg armor and anything else glossy: Alcad II Base Black
Bodysuit: Black with a pinch of blue
Cape. tunic and mantel: Black with a pinch of mohogany
Chest protector: Alcad 2 Steel
Buttons and chest controls: Star Bright Silver & clear red, blue or green over silver

My focus on this paint scheme was to create contrast between the matte leather and the gloss armor. I won't say that this paint scheme is film accurate, but it definitely fits the mental image that I have for Darth Vader.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

MG Ex-s Extraordinary Superior Gundam

Kit Talk:

After almost two months of work the MG Ex-S is now complete! Although the MG Perfect Zeong or The O may still hold the record for the largest MG kits of all time; the Ex-S can't be far behind. This models required many seam lines to be fused, lots of masking and a lot of planing to complete.


Due to the size of the kit I decided early on to build it in sections. This turned out to be a great choice as it kept me motivated throughout the build. Partway through the process I noticed that the two packs of screws were missing, I was able to find a RC car shop online that sold the 2.6 x 8 and 2 x 8 screws needed to secure many of the parts to the kit. Without the screws it's impossible to connect many parts of the kit, and many others would be too loose and unstable.

This model has a reputation for being a brick, and it's well deserved. Even when the auxiliary fuel tanks and rifle are removed this kit still can't stand on it's own. Bandai offsets the instability with the inclusion of a stand. Pose-ability is limited  the shoulder fuel tanks prevent the arms and shoulders from moving too far in any direction and the legs are limited by the hip mounted beam cannons.    


I chose a RG inspired paint job, that is similar to the paint job on my RG GP01fb. I decided early on that I did no want to push the white and off white colors too far; as it would be too easy to end up with a spotty color scheme.

The Ex-S has a large number of "sensor" type surfaces in the heads, knees, chest, hips and backpack. Theses areas were painted using a base coat of superfine silver and a variety of clear coat colors. Most of the sensors around the suit are clear green with a smaller number of clear blue and yellow areas.


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2015 Good Guy Competition Winners

After reviewing all of the entries this year the judges have rendered their selections. The judges this year are: Clem from Those Gundam Guys and inventor of Clemstripping, Joe The operator of my favorite hobby shop and me Dan owner of GunplabyGoodGuyDan.

Each of the 3 winners will receive a $30 dollar gift certificate to!

Best in Show:

Big Daddy Z'Gok by Joe K.

Clem's comments:

The amount of mods and the execution of the mods really put this kit above all the other entries.  The Batman/Robin was VERY close, but just loses out because of the mods and execution of seamlessly melding the mods to create a new and original piece. The motorized drill and LEDs really win me over and put this kit above the other kits in the competition.

Joe's comments:

This build is everything this contest was looking for: a great concept, well built, & masterfully painted. The motorized drill takes this piece above and beyond! Great work!

Dan's comments:

This build impressed the hell out of me. The paint, weathering, LEDs and even the fluorescent paint on the health container were all well planned and executed. This entry would be a serious contender or any GBWC event let alone my humble contest. Great job!

Most Creative:

Tactical Candy Despensir by EducationalDriver

Joe's comments:

All of the entries used some sort of humanoid mecha with the one exception: the Tactical Candy Dispenser. A Base Jabber that delivers candy is definitely thinking outside the box, and that's why it has my vote for Most Creative/Original.

Dan's comments:

When this contestant sent in his registration I was very interested to see what he would do with it. I'm glad to see that they came up with a very unique idea, certainly something I would never have been able to come up with on my own.

Funniest Build:

Bear-ren Marine by Gundariumsmith

Joe's comments: 

I thought putting a petit'gguy head on a Hi-Mock was pretty cute. I love the Terran Marine theme, and while Batman and Robin had me smiling, this guy had me smiling more. Go shoot up some Zerg little beargguy

Dan's comments:

The name Bear-ren Marine elicited the same eye rolling response from me normally reserved for "dad jokes". However the name and idea grew on me. It's a good compromise between the cuteness of the Bearguy and the cliche of using the bear guy for gunpla-cosplay, and it's a great homage to Tycus Findlay (although it could use a cigar).

Participation prize:

One contestant that submitted their completed kit was chosen at random to recieve a $10 gift certificate to The winner is Achturn GH-001AC Grimoire "Polyphemus"

Sunday, November 1, 2015

2015 Good Guy Competition Entries

The winners for the 2015 Good Guy Competition will be announce by the end of next week.

Below are the six entries submitted to this year's contest. They're all excellent builds, but who will win?

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"Bear-ren Marine" by Gundariumsmith 

Builders Explanation:

Using a High Grade Build Fighters Hi-Mock, my original idea was to build a "Bear-Mock," a Hi-Mock imitating a Beargguy. After some brainstorming, I refined the idea and decided I wanted a Petit'gguy in costume instead. With the extra long arms of the Hi-Mock, I could only think of the Terran Marine of Blizzard's Starcraft franchise. Thus the "Bear-ren Marine" was born.

The Headless Horseman by CaptainAmeijin

Builders Explanation:

The Headless Horseman! Most of the build is made of the Avalanche Exia, while the Fuunsaikiand the chest come from the HG Master Gundam / Fuunsaiki gunpla. 

Tactical Candy Dispenser by Educationaldriver

Builders Explanation:

I got the idea for the TCD (Tactical Candy Dispenser) by brainstorming what goes on during the night of Halloween. This particular holiday is known for its sweet side, so I incorporated real candy into the build. The color scheme is of the traditional Halloween colors: orange and black. Halloween also has an arachnid motif, so I included cobwebs made out of a single cotton ball (it also looks like mist in some shots, which is really cool). I took these traits and combined it with the idea that people receive candy on Halloween. Thus the TCD was born.

Big Daddy Z'Gok by Joe K. 

Builders Explanation:

Got my idea after watching some Bioshock speedruns. I was surprised no one had done a Big Daddy inspired gunpla before based on a Google Image search and I liked the idea of revamping an inexpensive kit like the 2001 HGUC Z'Gok. Also liked the potential for a motorized drill mod and a weathered look for my first painted kit.

Grimoire Polyphemus by Achturn

Builders Explanation:

The concept was to have a cyclops/slight victorian horror influence with the Grimoire as the base.
The core has been hollowed out and now features a fully rotating "eye cannon" housed inside of it. The Polyphemus also now wields a heat-tomahawk inspired Meat Cleaver (or "Heat Cleaver" if you're into puns) as a melee weapon, with the beam whip that originally came out of the Grimoire's gun now being mounted to its wrist for mid-range attacks.
The backpack has also been removed, limiting the suit to mostly ground combat

Batman the Bearknight and Robin the Bear Wonder Brian T

Builders Explanation:

My idea gained inspiration from a lot of the batman builds that I had seen on various websites, most prominently gundamguy, but I never saw a batman with his trusty sidekick. I felt as though the Beargguy F would be the perfect kit to modify to achieve this, with the inclusion of the Petitbearguy. I used a combination of canned spray paint, hand brushing, and airbrushing to achieve the recolors on both of the kits, some simple use of plaplating to create their weapons, capes, belt, etc, and cutting of seals to finish off some of their details. Finally, I used heat to melt some of the plaplating and shape them into form, such as batman's chest logo, and also to create the effect of the cape.