Thursday, 28 November 2013

Pre-Blog Kits #6: HGUC Blue Destiny Unit 2 (Nimbus Custom)

HGUC Blue Destiny Unit-2 Nimbus Custom, completed September 16 2012

This was my second entry but first completed entry into the Gundam Eclipse 2012 Summer War. There were really no serious alterations to this kit, its for the most part exactly as it is out of the box. I painted this up largely with Krylon spray cans with a few bits of Testor's enamels and Vallejo's acrylics here and there for detailing.

HGUC Blue Destiny Unit-2 Nimbus Custom, completed September 16 2012

If you'd like to see more of this kit you can check out the Facebook Gallery.


Blue Destiny - There are three units that use the same name, Units 1 through 3 all of which made their debut in Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny.

Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny - A trilogy of Sega Saturn video games set during the One Year War (that's Universal Century). The series made it's debut on September 20th, 1996 with an entry entitled Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story I: Blue Fear. On December 6th, 1996 this game received a sequel entitled Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story II: Those Who Inherit Blue. The series' last entry, Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story III: Those Who Are Judged, was released on March 7, 1997. Finally, later that year on August 29th, Bandai released the compilation under it's final title of Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Deutsche Zeitschrift Vier

Was machen Sie während der woche?

Ich liebe das Wasser, ich kann gut Bahnen schwimmen. Ich schwimme der Abend um neun Uhr auf Donnerstag und der Morgen um halb acht auf Samstag.

Mein hobby ist modelieren. Ich schleife mit sandpapier und verklebe der Abends unter der Woche nacht acht Uhr. Ich sprühmale an Wochenenden nach der Arbeit.

Verkleben und Schleifen
Ich bleibe an University of New Brunswick von der Morgen um zehn vor acht bis der Nachtmittag um Viertel vor fünf. Ich besuche Deutshunterricht der Morgen von halb zehn bis zwansig nach zehn auf Montag, Mittwoch, und Freitag.
UNB Hochschulgelände

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Pre-Blog Kits #5: LBX Proto I

LBX Proto I, completed October 1 2013

I built this kit for Gundam Eclipse's 2013 LBX Group Build, with this kit I just tried a few different and new things and had bit of fun with it. To begin with this is a very inexpensive kit 1200 JPY or around 13~14 CAD, it was a victim of one perspective design, things really only like right if you look at them from specific perspective otherwise you'll be seeing a lot of holes. So what I did with this kit was fill in the holes, glue up the seam lines and sand a great deal. For the colour scheme I decided on something a little more adventurous by comparison with the usual for me; Krylon's purple, orange, ivory, oil-brushed bronze, copper, and red, with a few specific details picked out in Vallejo's red a black.

LBX Proto I, completed October 1 2013

You can see more pictures of the Proto I at the Facebook Gallery or on the Google+ Album.


LBX - a poor attempt at making an acronym, Little Battler eXperience. Evidently the entire line-up is in 1/1 scale, and standing no taller the the average can of pop. 

Proto I - I was personally corrected on this multiple times, the "I" in the name isn't the roman numeral one, but is rather "I" the letter as in Ikaros, a figure in a Greek legend.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Pre-Blog Kits #4: HMM Shadow Fox

HMM Shadow Fox, completed May 21 2014

Apart from a very minor alteration to the head sculpt and a slightly darker colour scheme; this is pretty much the HMM Shadow Fox as it is directly out of the box. When painting this kit I used a rather different combination of paints; Krylon matte black with Vallejo's steel for details on all o the outer shell parts, for the inner frame I used Krylon's satin nickel plus Vallejo's black panel lines, and Krylon's silver, gold, and oil-brushed bronze were used throughout for colour separation. All followed up by a couple of rounds of flat coat.

I started this project in December of 2012, for the first Zoids Group Build unfortunately due to some poor planning on my part I ran late in completing it for the group build.

HMM Shadow Fox, completed May 21, 2013
To see more pictures of the Shadow Fox you can visit the Facebook Gallery.


HMM - High Master Mold, a line of 1/72 scale kits by Kotobukiya usually based on Zoids, though they will be extending the line into other things in 2014.

Zoids - (ゾイド Zoido) is a multi-media model-kit-based franchise originating from Japanese toy company Tomy (now Takara-Tomy). The majority of the franchise is built around and focused on the various motorized model kit series. More recently, companies outside of Takara-Tomy have been licensed to produce Zoids kits (Kotobukiya). This has led to Zoids being made as large die-cast figures, highly detailed posing kits, smaller action figures and even PVC figurines. The various anime series, comics, manga books and video games all serve as tie-in media products for the franchise, to expand both consumer base and franchise recognition.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

HG AGE-1 Razor WIP #2

As mentioned in WIP #1; at Gundam Eclipse we are currently running a Modified/Kit-Bash Group Build through to the end of 2013, for this one I will be building Bandai's HG Gundam AGE-1 Normal with the addition of Hobby Japan's AGE-1 Razor Conversion. With that said since last update I have the Razor add-on finished up, with a few more alterations. 
AGE-1 Razor Snapped
I've added two downward drawn beam sabres to the backpack, and I've decided to go without the swords the kit came with. As they will clash slightly with what I have in mind.
AGE-1 Razor Long Sword attachment points
I had planned to scratchbuild a shield or brace of sorts for the left arm, I started with the AGE-1 Normal's basic shield and cut it up slimmed it down and then filled in the gaps using pla-plate and milliput. The shield is inspired by a variety of sources the Valvrave I's strike brace is probably the biggest one.
Reference artwork, Valvrave I's Strike Brace
Custom Shield beginning phase
Custom Shield complete
I've also decided on a one-hand long sword that will remain carried in hand until I figure out something better, and two short swords that can be drawn over the shoulder. 
Long Sword drawn
Brace, spikes active
I still intend to add some plating, fuel tanks, and the metal thrusters. I'm currently using a slight;y more bulky left arm to make it possible to mount the shield more easily.


Milliput - A two part epoxy putty, comes in multiple colours I was using yellow-grey in the pictures above. This product comes in two separate tubes, you can cut them in equal portions, mix them thoroughly, and then apply where needed within a day or two it will typically dry rock hard, at which point you can sand it down into shape.

Pla-plate - Poly-Styrene sheets, the same stuff that credit cards are made of, come in multiple colours (I used black and white above) and thicknesses (from paper thin to 1/8" or so).