Tuesday, 29 December 2015

HGUC Byarlant Custom WIP #1

I don't actually own the P-Bandai Online Exclusive version of the HGUC Byarlant Custom, but I do quite like it's colour scheme, so I'm thinking of something very similar for my own.

What I have done so far is pretty basic, there were a good number of places where I felt I could remove some seam lines and have it look pretty much okay.

Beyond that I've got a bunch of parts that are pretty hollow looking so I'm going to be filling those in with putty in the very near future.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Mass Production Valvrave "Zaku" WIP #3

This isn't exactly the biggest update ever.

For lack of a better term I have been grinding an axe, it is on of the 3D printed affairs I originally drew up for the Re-Nu that I built for the Gundam Eclipse Gunpla Builders Group Build.

Note-ably the hands were a bit undersized so I ground out the palm of both open fist to get the axe to fit a little better.

Anyway, it is a little a large for most 1/144s but I think that the Valvrave handles it well.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Mass Production Valvrave "Zaku" WIP #2

I was really making an attempt to patch those shoulders today they are a real pain in the butt and after all of that effort trying to get those seams removed.

I'm never doing it that way again. [Insert Facepalm].

Anyway after a considerable bit of cursing, I've got them reassembled and glued up.

Given that I did a great deal of sanding and then touched them up, with the same colour, they look pretty damned awful. I foresee a great deal more sanding and painting in my future to get these fixed.

I figured a touch of paint wouldn't be out of place on the gauntlet area, kind of looks nice against the pastel green, but you won't actually be able to see it under the clear parts, that I think I'm going to paint up in the darker green colour I've used for the kit. It would just look better that way.

Still working on it, don't worry about those pink bits too much I need to do something else with them anyway. The shoulders look like crap so I've gotta do something with those again too.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Mass Production Valvrave "Zaku" WIP #1

Been trying to get it back in gear again, seeing as the year is almost to an end, and I've been a complete bum for an extended period.

So I have been working on learning how to air brush a bit and there is nothing better to practice on than impulse buys. I have to stop shopping directly after watching an anime, those toy adverts get me every time.

Anyway about the time around when Iron Blooded Orphans promo stuff started coming out, remember all that speculation about how the promo outline kind of looked like Valvrave the Liberator. When the anime finally started coming out there were some real similarities in the styles of the mecha in both anime, and the Graze was so close in basic shape that it got me thinking.

What would a mass production Valvrave look like; none of those silly loopy things and maybe a command antenna wouldn't be out of place.

I started by removing some seam lines, the dual coloured panels while kind of neat to look at weren't really a good fit for my idea of what this should be.

I sealed up the seam lines on the shoulders just for good measure and have come to regret it just now when I assembled them after paint and they broke.

Here's the aforementioned command antenna.

I tried to smooth at a lot of the line leaving only the most basic shapes, I thought it would give it a slightly more "mass production" feel to it.

Progress as it stands now, sans shoulder because I'm still repairing those. [Insert Facepalm].
I think overall it could still use a lot of touch ups, but I'm honestly pretty pleased with what I've done so far.