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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2 Minute review: HG Gouf Custom


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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. As a rule I've always turned down perfect grade commissions due to their size and my limited space. But, considering that the wing zero is likely the smallest of the pgs (excluding the sky grasper) I decided to give it a shot.

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. 

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.