The State of the Gunpla Union – 112409

So, it’s been a while, but quite a few things to catch up on. 

First off, November itself has flown by, that may be due to just a variety of things, from finally finishing up the Kshatriya, as well as some other HG kits that I’ll be posting about, to pretty much being engrossed by Modern Warfare 2.  Actually, consider it a miracle that I managed to finish other kits since MW2 dropped.  But also, November & December are full of hard to resist releases from both the gunpla and gaming industries, along with all the little things in between.  Let’s see, HG Unicorn (2 kits), MG Qubeley, PG 00 Raiser, Dengeki Hobby with Unicorn stand, Gundam Fair & Lucky draw @ 7-11 on the Gundam related side, and Bayonetta, Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed 2, FFXIII on the gaming side.  Throw in the wife’s birthday this month, and yet another planned trip to the Tokyo Disney Resort, and my wallet has thrown in the towel and decided to hibernate until next spring.   

Of course, I don’t mean that I got all of the above, I’ve actually passed on the HGUC Unicorn kits simply because there is really no rush, and well, MW2 will tide me over till FFXIII and then some.  But yes, budgeting has reared its ugly head and I’ve instead decided to catch up on the backlog and do some of the smaller kits until the PG 00 Raiser drops.  As for the rest of my backlog, I’m sizing it up now, and I might flip a few kits on Yahoo Auctions simply because I might not end up building some of them.  You could maybe say my fire is cooling off, not out, but definitely cooling off…  I’m pretty sure the wife is happy with that! I’d actually be happy to put a list up of what I’m considering selling from my backlog, but the only problem is that shipping abroad costs quite a bit of money, and unfortunately the strong yen makes it less advantageous to all of you, so call it guilt, but I’m not going to stoop to pimping regular kits on my blog.  

Anyways, the next posts are scheduled to go up once a day until Sunday or so which should cover 3 kits that I’ve built over the last couple of weeks.  One of the kits is an MG, which I had actually planned to do a WiP for, but unfortunately had a brain fart, as I formatted my memory card that had the pictures on it, thinking that I had already transferred them to my computer.  Needless to say I was pretty upset with myself.  I’m halfway through with the kit, so will end up doing just the final shots.  I will be much more careful on double-checking the pictures from now on though!  From next week I should have my 00 Raiser and will be doing my own WiP of that.  I’m actually planning on going in reverse for that, starting with the weapons, going to the Raiser, finishing up with 00 itself.  

Upcoming posts: 

HGUC Char’s Zaku II (Extra Finish Version) 

HGUC Gundam G30th + EX Trailer (Full Color Finish Version) 

HGUC Extra Finish Battle

MG ???????

Lastly, a quick photo dump of a couple of things.

First off, taken today, finally got to see my first complete PG 00 Raiser in the flesh (in the plastic) while I was out and *ahem* between meetings.

Also, in Akiba a few weeks ago I saw the completed Kshatriya that was done by Asobit’s Gundam Meister blogger (who is no longer with them it seems).  His metallic color was done via airbrush, and ended up being quite darker and more muted than mine. 

They also had a bad-ass diorama with a Unicorn.  I wonder if the Unicorn was a scratch build since the HG version still hadn’t been sent around at the time.  This is something I’d like to try posing with an HG Unicorn if I get one down the line. 

Lastly, non-Gundam, but as people may have seen at Ngee’s blog, they are pimping the Macross Frontier movie pretty heavily, as I saw today on the train.  Will be going to see it this weekend if I have the time.

 Anyways, there’s a of stuff out this month and next month that’s going to keep me occupied, but I’ll try and pass on the picture love all of you the best that I can.  What are you guys looking forward from the large amount of November/December releases?


WiP: HGUC Kshatriya #5 (Final)

So, the HGUC Kshatriya.  Otherwise known as the Green Beast.  This ended up being a huge kit, and for those who aren’t familiar with things, could end up assuming this was an MG due to size alone.  As mentioned in the previous WiP, the Kshatriya took around 9 hours, or if you added in actual painting time, around 12 hours.  While not having an inner frame comparable to an MG, there are quite enough parts to snip out and clean up. 

As for colors, I had not planned to paint it originally, but towards the end of the build I figured what the hell, and well, you see what happened.  In actuality, not  the entire kit was painted, I didn’t paint the white and yellow parts, but for everything else I used the following paint:

Light green parts: Tamiya TS-20 Metallic Green, followed by TS-13 Glossy Clear
Dark green parts: TS-43 Racing Green, followed by TS-65 Pearl Clear
Black parts:  TS-40 Metallic Black
Blue parts: TS-64 Dark Mica Blue
Trim: Plated Silver Gundam Marker
Mono-eye: Fluorescent Pink Gundam Marker

I had mentioned before that I had thought the paint job didn’t come out as well as the Sinanju.  Mainly I say this because I moved from doing Gunpla in our living to our spare room, and with that I’ve vacated the balcony for painting.  So I tried spraying out the window, which while is good for top coating and clear coating, I found it harder to gauge the distances, which meant I oversprayed on a few parts.  However, the more I look at it, the more it looks like it came out fine, and for the most part you can’t tell.  As for color choices, the metalillic green was of course a no brainer.  The bigger problem was the dark green parts, and there are no metallic color sprays out there that would cover it.  So I went with Racing Green, and sprayed liberal coats of Pearl Clear to give it that flake/speck style that metallic colors give.  It came out fairly decent, albiet hard to see on pictures perhaps. Other than that the other colors worked out nice, and definitely gives the Kshatriya more life.

In regards to posing, the Kshatriya does end up being top heavy, depending on which way you pose the giant wings.  In fact, it’s so heavy it can tip over an action based depending on the postioning.  However, the wings give it considerable length, which ends up being bigger even than my poster sized piece of paper that I’m using for pictures.  The beam sabers can somewhat fit in the extending arms, but it’s more of a balancing act.  Unfortunately, since you only get two sabers, you can only go so far with multiple beam saber madness, unless you scrounge up some sabers from other kits.  Still, when paired with the upcoming HGUC Unicorn kits, I can imagine some great photo shoots will be appearing in magazines and online.

Overall, I found this to be a great kit, both to build, and pose.  It has near MG quality design and quality, and comes highly recommended.   I personally like the designs from this era of UC, and I will be looking forward to the Zulu and other forthcoming kits in the Unicorn Gundam series.

So, enough text, here’s pictures for you.  Questions, comments, and scathing criticism is always appreciated.

WiP: HGUC Kshatriya #4

As promised, here is the long awaited(?) continuation of the Kshatriya WiP.  We’ll finish up with the wings, which are probably the most impressive part of this kit.  Each wing along is bigger than the actual mobile suit itself, and comes pack with their own beam cannons, thrusters, funnels, and even extending arms for wielding extra beam sabers.  The kit itself only comes with two sabers, and also has no where in the kit to store them.  Most likely they would be stored under the forearm armor, just like the Sinanju does.  I would expect that each wing would have it’s own saber to tuck in somewhere as well. 

So, getting started, I snipped out all the parts of course.

Taken before I decided to take a few weeks to paint the kit.kshat34

And heres with the inner armor, thrusters, funnels, and cannons attached.kshat35

The extending arms themselves work out really nice, adding more length to an already impressive wing span.

One arm built and one not.kshat36

Once attached they tuck in really nice inside the wings.kshat37

And attached to the shoulder box, where you can lock the hinges into place for positioning purposes.kshat38

And with that, I’m finally done with the Kshatriya!  How did it turn out?

Say hello to this bad boy!kshat39

You know what, maybe the paint job wasn’t so bad after all?kshat41

More pictures (No, really, I promise) coming with the wrap up next post.

WiP Part #1 time: 2 hours
WiP Part #2 time: 2.5 hours
WiP Part #3 time: 3 hours
WiP Part #4 time: 0.5 hours
Total WiP total time: 9 hours, not including time for painting, add three weeks for that =p

WiP HGUC Kshatriya -> WiSP

I apologize to those looking forward to the next installment of my Kshatriya WiP, it will be a little delayed for a few reasons.  Mainly Batman (sooo good) and a couple of other things.  I am planning on making it up though, so I should be finished with it by next weekend depending on how late work keeps me this week.

Riddle me this, what’s the slight delay for…? kshat32