Kshatriya update

After a couple of healthy doses of “life” over the last few weeks, I was finally able to sit down and move forward on a couple of things.  One being the long overdue Kshatriya, which I left you all hanging on right at the near end.  As I mentioend, I decided to go ahead and paint it, and finally wrapped that up.  I will say right off the bat that this paint job didn’t turn out as well as the Sinanju at all, due to a variety of reasons, one being probably a lack of initial painting process this time around, coupled with the change in location from apartment balcony to spraying out a window.  But I’ll write up about that further during the wrapup.

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WiP: HGUC Kshatriya #3

Onwards with the WiP, today we’ll be finishing up the feet, legs, and waist.  This ended up taking up around 3 hours, just for the sheer sprue gate cleaning and panel lining needed for the again, large amout of pieces for a HGUC.  Looking at the feet, it follows a Sinanju style, and here I actually went ahead and painted the dark blue parks with my left over Tamiya Dark Mica Blue paint.  It came out fairly nice.

Again, one completed, with the parts on the left.kshat22

Next up we move into the leg, and boy, can we say Thunder Thighs?  Well, more like thunder calves maybe.  For some reason, the think armor on the left and right side of the legs remind me of the ZZ and FAZZ, but it could just be me.  Again, here was a lot parts which meant more panel lining needed.  Its not so long to build, it’s just the cleaning before hand.

Leg stuff 1kshat23

Leg stuff 2, with a completed legkshat24

And here’s both legs with feetkshat25

Moving on the the waist, Kshatriya’s a fat one, they’d say he’s a metabo here in Japan. (metabolic syndrome, do they even use that word abroad?  No? I think they just call it fat!)  In general the skirt armor was fine, save for the giant ass dark green cod piece thing in front, nice of Bandai to stick a sprue gate snipping point in the smack dab middle of the cod piece.  Thankfully I had a dark green copic marker in my Gundam can of pens and markers so I don’t think you can tell.

Inner waist parts

And all the various skirt armor.kshat27

And donekshat28

So, with this we’re actually done with the body! 

Frontkshat29

Sidekshat30

Oh, and I said he’s a big boy right?  Yep, dwarves the HGUC Gundam, and stands about as tall as an MG Zaku II.  In fact, he’s fairly up there with his big brother Sinanju.  The only thing I don’t like is the head, honestly, when looking at the Sinanju, Zaku and Gundam the heads seem appropiately big enough.  Poor old Kshatriya though, looks like he was stunted of growth in the head area. 

Comparison shotkshat31

All that’s left is the wings, and more importantly, cleaning up around 30 fin funnels….  That’s on the plate for tomorrow.

WiP Part #1 time: 2 hours
WiP Part #2 time: 2.5 hours
WiP Part #3 time: 3 hours
Current WiP total time: 8.5 hours

WiP: HGUC Kshatriya #2

Continuing on with the WiP, today we finish up the arms and shoulders.  You’d think this wouldn’t take so much time, but all together with part snipping, cleaning, panel lining, minor painting, and the trim, today’s pieces took about 2 and a half hours to do.  The first time consumer were the shoulders include the connecting arms for the… wings? So that was four sets to build right there.

The connecting arms, with the ability to lock in place.kshat13

From there I finished up the trim for the wrist area, thankfully this is the last of the black pieces with trim.

Again, with the Gundam marker.kshat14

I will say that the marker again came out great, especially considering the trim on these pieces were smaller than anything I worked with on the Sinanju.  From there it’s the actually arm and shoulder pieces.  With the panel lining that took some time as well.

Parts needed, plus a completed arm.kshat15

Close-up on the finished parts.kshat16

I’ve decided to go with a semi-gloss for the top coat this time around.  My Sinanju has a glossy coat, and I figured a flat coated Kshatriya would stand out too much, so I went down the middle.  Here’s the main body with the arms and shoulders.

Front viewkshat17

Side viewkshat18

And here’s with the connecting arms connected to the shoulders.

Front viewkshat19

Somewhat top viewkshat20

Tomorrow we’ll move into the waist and legs. 

WiP Part #1 time: 2 hours
WiP Part #2 time: 2.5 hours
Current WiP total time: 5.5 hours

WiP: HGUC Kshatriya #1

As you could probably guess by my last post, I did indeed pick up the Kshatriya.  It is definitely a big box, and stands easy with master grade boxes.

The box art is pretty coolkshat01

As you can see, bigger than some MG boxes!kshat02

Plenty of runners as wellkshat03

My plans for this is a simple snap build with initial panel lining.   We start off with the torso and head today.  Beforehand, I decided to plan ahead and panel line the yellow parts.  The Kshatriya, unlike the Geara Doga comes with all the proper parts in the needed colors, save for the trim on the black pieces.  No need to paint parts yellow this time!

Doing the yellow partskshat04

Here are all the parts for the torso.  Quite a few for a HGUCkshat05

Now, I know I said I was going to do only a snap fit with the panel lines, but…

Yep, that’s silver trim, on a much smaller scale  kshat12

I have to admit, I’m amazed that I managed to do this with a Gundam Marker, guess the Sinanju gave me some great practice.  So with the torso finished, it looks like the below.

Side viewkshat06

Front viewkshat07

The head itself is a very simple afair.

The partskshat08

And done.  Used a dab of Gundam Pink for the eyekshat09

Attached to the torsokshat10

Now, I know that the Kshatriya is supposed to be big, but how big?  Well, lets take a comparison shot here.

Hmmmkshat11

While the head is obviously smaller, the fact that the torso is pretty much the same size as the 1/100 Sinanju makes you realize that this is going to be quite a big kit.  That’s all for today and we’ll continue on tomorrow evening.

GBE: HGUC Kshatriya

HGUC kit #99 Kshatriya was on display.  Scheduled for an early October release at 4,725 yen, this is going to be a monster of a HGUC kit.  It was shown on an Action Base 2, and would fit in with most MG’s by the looks of it.  Definitely one to consider.