Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fate UBW 01

This one was a little slow until the last few minutes.
Shirou's POV of the prologue is rather uneventful compared to Rin's, that is until Lancer begins to target him and Saber is summoned. The Gae Bolg bullshit attack was pretty cool to watch.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Latest loot

A couple of things finally arrived.
The Robot Damashii figure of the Crossbone Gundam X-2 Custom REALLY lacks accessories compared to the X-1. I mean, come on, they didn't include its trademark weapon, the Shot Lancer. I suspect Bandai will later release a web exclusive weapon set, ugh. The Dragonar-1 Custom on the other hand is plain fantastic, dem OBARI proportions, a super glossy paintjob (although prone to leave fingerprints all over it) and comes with all of its weapons.
As for the Majin Bone kit, I know NOTHING about the series, however, the design really caught my eye, as it kinda reminded me of Kamen Rider Ryuki, not to mention it was super cheap. It will be interesting to work on it later.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Gundam Build Fighters TRY 01

I hope the ride is just as good as the last one. The whole thing of the Dom hiding the Build Burning Gundam was really cool. Really looking forward to the new customs and designs we will see.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Vigna Zirah WIP 1

The Crossbone ride still has not ended!

I bought this kit to put it together in the shelf with the F91 and the Skullheart. Since it is quite old, I don't expect much in the articulation department. Similarly, the pieces have plenty of flash left in them, and some are not even simetricaly correct.
Still, a coat of Mica Red and some dark gray detailing makes it look FANTASTIC. That cool blue visor with a silver sticker behind it also rocks, as when the light hits it, it creates an awesome reflective effect.
Hopefully, this won't take as long to finish as the Skullheart.

Monday, October 6, 2014

MG Crossbone Gundam X-1 Skullheart

Skullheart complete!
This is the unit Tobia Arronax inherits from Kincaid Nau after the end of the events of the Crossbone Gundam manga and takes it beyond its limits in the battle against Callisto in the Steel 7 manga, where Tobia leads a suicide mission to stop a giant doom laser from vaporizing the Earth.

Technically, I should have built the Full Cloth armor set, however, since I already have my RD Crossbone X-1 in that configuration, I decided to leave the model kit in the vanilla Skullheart variant. As I said before, the idea behind the watering on the edges is to give the impression of a worn out Gundam, which has seen a fair share of battles, so let's take a look.

First is the Core Fighter. Quite unique with those 4 binders. I painted the canopy with clear blue and attempted to add some detail to the control panel of the cockpit, a detail that no one will ever see...
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Once put together, the X-1 has very pleasing proportions. I added some extra gray paint to the arms and legs, as well as some red for the skirt armors, as out of the box, the Gundam is so.... white that its boring. One common complain I came across constantly was that the binders are too loose, fortunately, that was not my case, then again, I topcoated everything, so maybe that helped.
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The trait it inherited from the F91, the face vent is of course, present. I used some gold paint there and the result is very good.
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The Crossbone Gundam is known for storing a shitton of weapons. We have for example, the Screw Whips stored at the back skirt armors. A weapon that comes with a micro drill right at the tip, developed to fight the Death Gale Team, Kincaid was pretty fond of it in the last volumes of the manga, unfortunately, posing it is quite awkward, as the hands can't really hold them well.
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Classic Heat Daggers, the best knives out there in the Gundam franchise. Stored at the calves, although you can attach them too to the feet for a gruesome kick.
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I would have liked to mess around more with the weapons, unfortunately, the piece that is the left wrist strangely cracked, so before it broke off completely I glued it and decided to stick the model in a pose.
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Little close ups. Tried to add further details to the weapons, like applying decals, painting with clear red the Beam Zamber, painting with clear blue the scope of the Buster Gun or that beam effect part at the tip of the Muramasa Blaster, which looks better than the teeth looking beam parts they give you for this weapon. The idea was to have the Peacock Smasher in one of the hands, but its weight makes that impossible in the long term.
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This MG is definitely recommended, however, you have to be very careful with it, as many pieces are tiny and prone to you losing or breaking them if you are not careful.
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