I’ve painted this MG Astray Blue Frame a little while ago, and since it’s only a paint job and no modifications were involved, I didn’t snap pics of the process. It was my first time using Alclad II laquers, and I fell in love with it. Pre-thinned, super easy to apply and an absolutely stunning metallic finish, what’s not to like ? I’m listing all the paints I used at the bottom of this post.
Last time we established that big weapon = good. Today, we’ll demonstrate that more big weapons = better. Before that, a small bit of customization on the chest piece, once again heavily influenced by Asrul Hazimin’s excellent Unicorn Buster.
Before / After…
The pic is pretty blurry, sorry. I have no way of taking a new one so this will have to do.
With the big-ass ranged weapon replacing my Hi-Mock’s left arm, I settled for a big-ass melee weapon to replace its right arm :
Kotobukiya makes some fine model parts.
I’ve hit a bit of a snag on my Gerbera Tetra build, so I’m posting some pics from an older project.
I’m more of a 1/100 scale guy, but when HLJ sold those guys for around $4 a piece last year I bought, like, 3 of them.
So much potential
For those not familiar with the suit, it’s supposed to be a training unit, « piloted » by an A.I., for the human players to fight against. It comes from the “Gundam Build Fighters” universe.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with it, until I stumbled upon this custom, by the very talented Asrul Hazimin (more pics on his page).
Since the last time I wrote I finished modifying both arms, but I wanted to show a « before / after » picture :
Left : Altered / Right : Original
Now I know it’s a bit hard to see since the hands are different, but the arm on the left is around 5mm longer. You can see a bit of inner frame showing. I’ll need to confirm after priming / assembling, but I think I won’t need to lengthen the armor after all. That bit of inner frame showing isn’t bothering me and, frankly, I’m not too keen of having to lenghten a round piece of outer armor 🙂
Last time I altered the arms proportions. While waiting for the plastic cement to cure, I started working on the shoulder modification :
That’s some big-ass thruster…
I’m planning (for now) two things for the shoulders. I’ll start by ditching those silly-looking thrusters and go for metal ones.
Disclaimer : I’m perfectly aware “Gunpla” is the name of a model kit made by Bandai, and the fact that my first post on “Vae’s Gunpla” is a third-party kit doesn’t escape me 🙂
With that said, Bandai never made a 1/100 Gerbera Tetra, so it’s kind of a grey area IMO. But don’t worry, I’ve already made a lot of Bandai kits and have a lot more in my backlog, so expect to see some Gunpla goodness soon 😉
I’m a huge fan of the Gerbera Tetra’s design, I have no idea why. Maybe it’s the head, or the big shoulder thrusters ?
Gundam Wikia’s picture
Wait wait wait, don’t go. Check this drawing :