Posts Tagged High Grade

I’m going to skip the apology…

and get right to the meat of things.

The RG GP-01 Zephyranthes is coming along really smoothly- the rest of the white parts have been primed and after that there’s some grays to paint up and then it’ll be finished! It’s a nice change of place as a simple recolor instead of something that requires a lot of time and money to be put in to it. I’m also working on the MG Banshee ver. Ka but as per the rules of’s contest I’m unable to post the WIP stuff here- you can see the updates here though. I’ll be working on the MG Full Armor Unicorn alongside it though, and I’ll make an update with pictures proper and you can just pretend it’s the Final Battle Banshee.

I finally got myself together and calibrated my camera, as well as changing some settings to get some cleaner pictures. This means we’ll be getting back to figure reviews in addition to being able to photoshoot models properly once they’re done. Of course, all of my other hobbies have kind of taken a slight back seat to Final Fantasy 14 but I’ll try to grind out these models with my time in the morning instead of pushing onwards to 50.


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What I’ve been up to + Gunpla Expo World Tour 2012

I’ve been plugging away at kits, I just haven’t had much motivation to update thanks to third shift taking away a lot of my time during the day.

One of the big ones I’ve been working on is a Sinanju commission, which has proven to be just as much an undertaking as when I built my own almost two years ago. I’m waiting on a few parts that got missed to arrive from Gentei Kits (who have always provided excellent service!), and then this bad boy will be wrapped up after I decal the rifle and shield. I finished a lot of the larger sections of the kit like the trim and majority of the decals very quickly but in doing so managed to burn myself out pretty hard on working on the kit.

The other major thing I’ve done is changed PG Wing Zero Custom’s power source to USB. Battery power just wasn’t cutting it for giving all of the LEDs the power they need to glow properly. While it’s not as subtle now I much prefer the way it looks running off of USB and now that I’m in the process of putting the body together for the final time I will take plenty of pictures of the wiring to show folks the process I used to make it run off of this power source.

This model is a testbed for something else and I’ll leave you guys to wonder what…

And since here has been SO MUCH good stuff I figure I’ll go through some of those too! First up is the HGUC Ez8 and while it’s not a new MG kit, I’m really glad that one of the mobile suits that got me in to Gundam is getting a new kit. Guess this means I should consider getting the Gouf Custom HGUC to go with it, right? I wonder if we’re going to see an updated RX-79[G] as a result of this as well?

Oh. Apparently these are all potential RG releases?! I was never big on the Z’gok or GM, but I have high hopes that a Gouf RG would share a frame with a Zaku RG and I could get away with swapping some parts around on the two of them. RG RX-79[G] is a much better thing than a new High Grade so I really hope these are actual upcoming releases.

Of course, with upcoming RG releases they also showed off the next RG and once again despite not having seen SEED Destiny at all I have to say this is tempting. Some say the Destiny’s design isn’t all that appealing and while I can see why they would say that, something about it appeals to me. This kit doesn’t come out til spring 2013, so I have plenty of time to break through more of my backlog so I can get this when it comes out.

Just when I had been planning on building an HGUC Jesta squad, this goes and gets announced. From a cost standpoint it’s going to totally suck to buy 3-4 of them but the Jesta is such a good looking kit that overall I really don’t mind it- plus since it’s a grunt suit I expect it to be on the somewhat cheaper side of things. Also, on the HGUC side of things we’re also getting a Jesta cannon! Glad to see one of my favorite grunt suits get some love…can we have a GM Quel 2.0 now?

I think we all saw this coming with all of the new SEED kits coming out and I’m okay with that since this remastered version looks really good. It’s managed to motivate me to crack open the PG Strike I’ve had sitting in the box for awhile now and try to grind that out. Since the PG is for a friend though I think it’s safe to say I’ll probably brainstorm some other ideas and implement them on this kit.

While I have no love for Gundam AGE, AGE-3 and AGE-FX are two designs that I actually like from the show (especially AGE-3 Fortress) so these are actually something I might consider getting. I have no major ideas for them at the moment though.

I don’t think anyone saw this MG coming- it’s a total left field release but it’s one that I’m really glad about. I didn’t expect that the Sinanju Stein would get a High Grade release, let alone a Master Grade (and it comes out during the month of my birthday, to boot!). I’m sure that it will be just as outstanding as the MG Sinanju since it’ll likely share the same frame. Can’t wait to see more of this kit as it’s release nears.

And of course, the big one that everyone has been talking about since it’s announcement is Nu Ver. Ka and this thing is definitely a day one purchase for me with big plans. It’s no secret how much I love Katoki desgins and Bandai has really gone the extra mile with this kit in terms of what it’s packing. By now everyone already knows the skinny on this thing (aside from whatever secret thing they’ve yet to reveal- or was that the double funnel set they’re releasing in January?) so I’m not going to waste time with a boring recap of it. My plan of attack for this thing is already set and in place and it’s just a matter waiting now. More on that, once again, as the kit’s release nears. All in all this is going to be an excellent year for gunpla, and hopefully before this deluge of awesome kits come out I can get through more of my backlog and wrap up a few of the bigger builds so I can properly focus on these excellent new releases.

(All images care of Gundam Guy’s blog)

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Coming in hot.

Also incoming: the completed Zaku II squad. Sinanju has a few more parts before I start the decal hell on it, it’s a commission that I’ve only been working on for two days right now. The final finish will be flat but as well all know loss coats are important for doing work with waterslides. The Astray is awaiting Alclad II paint to arrive so I can finish the Tactical arms. The Asrtaea has one little bit left to attach to it to give it the full 7 Sword loadout that Exia lineage suits ought to have.

The Zaku IIs are finished, I just need to get them out of the box and snap a few pictures. Working third shift at work now means I spend a lot of the daytime sleeping however.

‘Til next time!

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Ze-ro! Ze-ro! Ze-ro!

The second figure review I’ve managed to finish, D-Arts Zero [Type Two] has a page now! Considering I own all of the regular release D-Arts Megaman X figures you can expect to see X, Full Armor X and Type One Zero at some point or another. A few of the pictures (Including the one used above) are from before I had my set-up as solid as I do now, but the pictures themselves I liked a lot so I used them anyway.

For those of you who don’t care about figures, Astraea’s photoshoot is underway. I had to fix the part that the Full Saber attaches to since the weight pulled the thin cement loose. I used milliput this time around so the bond should be a lot more solid.

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And another one down.

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Exousia Astraea.

Ex-oo-see’-ah: the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)

Of course, that’s the 3rd definition from the Greek lexicon but whatever. Flows with what I did with this kit very well I think. Twin drives and some of the most potent 00-era melee weapons. The name suits it, especially once I add the GN Full Saber to the opposite shoulder. I think this kit has come a really long way from where it was when I first came up with this idea and I mean that in the best possible way. Also…

In lieu of a few changes recently, I finally bit the bullet and built myself a lightbox and went the extra mile to make it PG-sized. I might run in to issues with posing the SFs wings up…but more on that when the time comes. Additionally, I’ve started taking pictures for some figure reviews, including but not limited to…

  • D-Arts Zero [Type 2], Full Armor X, X, Zero [Type 1]
  • Armor Plus Ronin Warriors/Samurai Troopers [Ryo, Shi, Seiji, Touma, Inferno Armor]
  • SRC GaoGaiGar [w/ Key to Victory sets 1 & 2]

And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got two commissions coming up! One will be starting at the end of this week and once it arrives you’ll see what it is. I also got a few goodies from GG Infinite and good friend Gaijin-Gunpla for a few extra side projects but we’re gonna wrap up what’s on the burner now that we have a good head of steam.

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Back to work.

I figured out how to attach the GN Buster Sword and GN Full Saber while maintaining the new slim profile, so expect to see that once I finish painting the weapons up. The blue is a mix of Mr. Color Phthalo (how the shit do you say that?) Cyanne Blue and black, mixed about a 80% blue 20% black ratio. The end result is a very nice color that looks black under normal circumstances but when put by a light source shows it’s blue undertone.

You’ll also be seeing two commission projects here shortly. More on those when the kits arrive and I get started on them.

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