State of the Union 05/2019

Hey there. Another couple of slow months. My last update was my completed “Nu Banshee” as I’ve come to call it, that I entered for the GBWC.

I’ve worked on and off several projects now, and since I didn’t really make a lot of progress on a particular one, this calls for a new “State of the Union” post !

I don’t like doing them, to be honest. As a blog reader I prefer to read start-to-finish projects rather than some blogger’s rambling. I’m mainly doing these for me, to keep some momentum going and not downright give up on posting. Anyway, let’s get to it.

PROJECT “KAMPFER”

I don’t have a really clear-cut goal in mind with this one. I just really like the Kampfer’s design and wanted to build one for a long time. It’s currently in limbo, with just a leg and the waist missing (update : it’s completly built !) . When it’s done, I’ll probably leave it on a shelf for a bit. The Kampfer’s design would work well with a weathered / battle damaged look, so maybe I’ll practice on it.

Kampfer

Sorry for the dark pic, I’m trying out my new lightbox but I haven’t found the right settings for my camera yet (especially since the above pic was taken with my phone, and not my camera…).

I’ve ordered a nice rifle to complement that military look and I’m currently waiting for it to be delivered. Seems like it will be a while, though.

kampfer_rifle

(not my pic)

As for the color scheme, I’m thinking about going for a green one, for a change. Still going for that military theme, I guess.

Update : since I’ve started writing that entry I managed to put some nice hours in the Kampfer. I’ll make a proper blog post for that project in the near future.

STATUS : STAND-BY IN PROGRESS

 

PROJECT “BARBATOS”

I’ve stopped working on the Barbatos when I started seriously making progress on the Nu. It’s kind of a shame, as there was some good progress made, especially with the working connection between the Lightning Saix’s legs and the Lupus Rex’s body. I’ve put it on a shelf (literally) and it has a hard time standing up.  I suppose I won’t have much choice but to use a stand for that guy, if I can’t fix the feet connections.

02_final_strike

The goal is still the same for that kit : make a nice blend of a Zoids Lightning Saix with a Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex

STATUS : STAND-BY

 

PROJECT “KNIGHT GRIMGERDE”

Now I didn’t really want to talk too much about that one, since I plan to enter it for this year GBWC. With my second child around the corner, I don’t know yet if I’ll have enough free time to enter this year. If the first one was any indication, chances are I won’t 🙂

(update : my second kid is here, and I can confirm this project will probably be submitted for next year’s GBWC)

Anyway, I’ve always liked making “knightly” mechas. I actually made one when I started modding kits, an HG Astray Blue Frame / SD Knight Gundam kitbash. I was quite happy with it for a first kitbash, especially considering the armor was handpainted. I don’t have it anymore though, it broke when it fell from the shelf it was displayed. Since I wanted to “upgrade” it to a 1/100, I didn’t bother repairing it.

I’ve made some good progress on the Grimgerde kitbash, but as is now becoming custom, I hit a snag on a particular part and the project came to a grinding halt. This time I have troubles with the helmet and since it’s, like, the most important part of a kit, I can’t seem to motivate myself to keep working on the kit.

(Update : I cleaned more plated parts and got the spear I ordered for this project, since my first kitbashed one isn’t as good as I had hoped)

Grimgerde_helm

STATUS : (RELUCTANT) STAND-BY

 

PROJECT : MG DENIAL

Ok the project name won’t make sense when you’ll see the kit used but bear with me. As a change of pace I wanted to make a melee / martial artist MS. Since Bandai never bothered to release the Build Burning Gundam nor the Denial in MG form, I though about using the Dragon Momoko Destiny I have in my backlog :

Destiny

 

Sorry the pic is dark, I snapped it in the same photo-shoot as the Kampfer…

While it doesn’t really look like the Denial Gundam, it shares the same grim design, with all the sharp edges. And I REALLY dig the forearms look. The plan here is pretty simple : add some HG Denial parts, detail them so that the blend with the main suit, and give the whole thing a grey / purple color scheme. I’m struggling a bit to find a good looking backpack, but overall it works pretty well so far. I had to improvise for the feet because the kit I received was missing a foot piece. Turns out the spare 00Q feet I had fit perfectly, and even have more ankle mobility than the Destiny’s.

Common sense would be to use a Bandai kit in order to be able to enter it in GBWC in a few years, but I really like the Destiny’s look. Closest I can find in Bandai’s lineup is the MG Star Build Strike, but I don’t like it as much…

 

STATUS : IN PROGRESS

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