Sunday, 22 December 2013

HG Seravee II WIP #1

Work in progress from December 13, 2013 to December 18, 2013.

This will be my second entry into the Gundam Eclipse 2013 Modified/Kitbash Group Build.

I got stalled in painting my HG AGE-1 Razor, there is a Christmas tree in the garage which I shouldn't paint.
So, I started work on a secondary project a HG Seravee II, so far I've got both lower legs done and one upper leg, plus a widened hip (the whole thing still requires a bit of reinforcement).

Seravee II lineart, reference artwork.
Seravee lineart, reference artwork.

Since there is no kit in existence that can be called a complete Seravee II, I'm basing it upon the parts that came with the HG Raphael. Juno Uno suggested I use bits from the HG Seravee to compensate for
the overly solid bits in the Seravee II's arms, I'll be using its chest too but it'll take some work.

The side skirts had some nasty gaps in them from the mold of the Seravee II (back pack or hat depending on the your perspective), I've used some pla-plate to build over the holes.

Side Skirts
I figured out something that will work out better for the ankle joint allowing it to stand a little more steadily and I think it looks a little better too. Basically, I used the shoulder components from the Thrones that I had left over from other things, I trimmed them for a "c-cut" and then glued them up. Resulting in better toe and heel articulation.

I added pla-plate to the thighs to bulk 'em up a bit to match the rest of the leg.

I next started cutting into the waist section, so that the 0 Gundam's hips will fit better and I'll be able to make use of an action base.
The back skirts had some nasty gaps in them from their former connection point, I've capped it off with some pla-plate, and I have yet to figure out how to attach them or the side skirts.

Back Skirts
I've removed the seam lines in the chest, trimmed the bit that pushes out the furthest at the front and added a bit that vaguely looks like a back pack. The lower torso components just slide in and out now.

I've done very little to the shoulders, with the exception of the flaps, which I gave the same treatment as the thighs.
Shoulder Flaps
Current Front View
Current Back View

Gundam 00 Etymology

For the most part the names in Gundam 00 with the exceptions of the title MS the 00 and its derivatives, and the 0 Gundam; are tied to religion and classical Greek.

-Raphael Gundam, is a more obvious reference to the Archangel Raphael. 
CB-002 Raphael Gundam
-Exia is derived from "exousia", the Koine Greek for "authority." 
GN-001 Gundam Exia
-Dynames is derived from dunamis, the Greek word for power or force. 
GN-002 Gundam Dynames
-Kyrios is named after Kurios, the Greek for God, lord, master, and sir. 
GN-003 Gundam Kyrios
-Nadleeh comes from the Navajo word meaning "Two-Spirit", a reference to the female figure hidden within the male.
GN-004 Gundam Nadleeh
-Virtue is a reference to the Christian angelic hierarchy.
GN-005 Gundam Virtue
-Cherudim, "Cherubim guard the way to the tree of life in the Garden of Eden and the throne of God".
GN-006 Cherudim Gundam
-Arios is derived from the Hebrew name Arioch, which means "fierce lion".
GN-007 Arios Gundam
-Ascalon was a lance (or in some versions of the story, a sword) that Saint George used to slay the dragon; it's also named after the city, Ashkelon.
GN-007/AL Arios Gundam Ascalon
-Seravee comes from Seraph, a Greek word  for "burning ones".
GN-008 Seravee Gundam
GN-008RE Servee Gundam II
-Seraphim, is a direct reference to the highest angelic class.
GN-009 Seraphim Gundam
-Zabanya is named after the Zabaniya, a reference to the 19 guardians of Hell in the Qur'an.
GN-010 Gundam Zabanya
-Gundam Harute uses a secondary system called Marut, a reference to the Harut and Marut, angels that were sent to Babylon in the Quran.
GN-011 Gundam Harute
-Rasiel (NOT Raiser, this is an actual Gundam not a support machine) is named after the archangel Raziel, who is an archangel within the teachings of Jewish mysticism (the Kabbalah of Judaism). He is known as the "Keeper of Secrets" and the "Angel of Mysteries.", and is associated with the Sephira Chokmah (the second of ten) in Olam Briah, one of the Four Worlds of Kabbalistic Theory. 
GN-XXX Gundam Rasiel
-Sefer is Hebrew for Book.
GNR-000 GN Sefer
-Sefer Rasiel is named after Sefer Raziel HaMalakh. Sefer Raziel HaMalakh, (Hebrew, ספר רזיאל המלאך) Book of Raziel the Angel, is a medieval Kabbalistic grimoire, primarily written in Hebrew and Aramaic, but surviving also in Latin translation, as Liber Razielis Archangeli, in a 13th-century manuscript produced under Alfonso X.
GN-XXX + GNR-000 Sefer Rasiel
-Thrones (Eins, Zwei, und Drei kommen aus Deutsche), Thrones (Greek: thronoi, pl. of thronos) or Elders, also known as the Erelim or Ophanim[citation needed], are a class of celestial beings mentioned by Paul of Tarsus in the New Testament, are living symbols of God's justice and authority, and have as one of their symbols the throne. 

GNW-001 Gundam Throne Eins
GNW-002 Gundam Throne Zwei
GNW-003 Gundam Throne Drei
-Sakibure (先触れ) is the Japanese word means "a sign".
GNW-100A Sakibure
-The word Arche is a Greek word that can be translated as "origin".  Another likely translation is the German translation of "ark". This fits more nicely with the Thrones' German names as well, as its upgraded form, is the Jagd Arche Gundam where "Jagd" means "hunting" in German.
GNW-20000 Arche Gundam

GNW-20000/J Jagd Arche Gundam
GNW-20003 Arche Gundam Drei
-Varanus is derived from the Arabic word waral ورل, which is translated to English as "monitor".
GNX-509T Throne Varanus
-Superbia is a latin word for pride.
GNX-612T/AA Superbia Jinx
-The name "Ahead Sakigake" is redundant, Sakigake is a Japanese translation of "ahead".
GNX-704T/AC Ahead Sakigake
-The term Smultron means "wild berry" in Swedish.
GNX-704T/SP Ahead Smultron
-Masurao is derived from the Japanese word '益荒男', which means "a strong/brave man".
GNX-U02X Masurao
-The name, Susanowo, (スサノオ ), also romanized as Susano'o, Susa-no-O and Susanoo) is the Shinto god of the sea and storms.
GNX-Y901TW Susanowo
-Astraea, is the Greek goddess of Judgement. 
GNY-001 Gundam Astraea
GNY-001F Gundam Astraea Type F

GNY-001F2 Gundam Astraea Type F2
-Sadalsuud, is the brightest star in the Constellation Aquarius, when translated, means the "Luckiest of the Lucky" or the "luck of lucks". 
GNY-002 Gundam Sadalsuud
GNY-002F Gundam Sadalsuud Type F
-Abulhool (a predecessor of Kyrios) is Arabic in origin from abu elhool literally meaning "father of fear" used to refer to the Great Sphinx. 
GNY-003 Gundam Abulhool
-Plutone is named after Pluton, the former 9th planet and god Pluto. Pluto was the Roman god of the underworld, the counterpart of the Greek Hades. 
GNY-004 Gundam Plutone
-Artemie is named after the Greek goddess, Artemis. She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. 
GNY-0042-874 Gundam Artemie
-Ptolemaios (their mothership) is named for the Greco-Egyptian astronomer and mathematician Claudius Ptolemaeus, there is also a crater on the moon which shares this particular name sake. 

-Veda (the super computer that supported Celestial Being) Sanskrit वेद, véda, "knowledge" also Solvak for "knowledge" called "Weda" in Indonesia).