Friday, March 26, 2010

I'm an aweful blogger

It's been a long time coming but I finally got the time to post all of the pictures (and there are a lot of them) of the 1/144 HG Gundam ver. G 30th! The pictures are small, but you can click on them to see full sized pictures, I'm trying to keep the page loading at least somewhat quickly. Like a said a lot of pictures, but it is to show all the detail I tried to put into the kit.

All the clipping and trimming of parts, the cementing, the sanding, the painting and building is completed (and has been for some time actually). All that was left was panel lining.

Progress Posts are here:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

For this model, I used Faber Castell Brush Pens of various shades. These, I feel are one of the best markers to use for panel lining on lighter colored areas. For darker areas, I almost always use a solid black ultra super fine marker of some kind; Micron is a wonderful brand. But this model has only lighter colored areas, so the brush pens worked out great.
You should be able to pick these up at any craft store. Like I said, they are amazing. They practically do the shading for you, if you know how to use the spill over effectively.

And now, without further a due, here it is, the completed HG 1/144 Gundam!

I wanted this model to look as good or even a little better than the 1/1 statue it is based on. It may not look better when comparing the two in person, but in the pictures, I think the model looks pretty darn good!

I was very excited when I found out that the kit was going to have not only the epic Gundam Hammer, but a REAL METAL CHAIN as well! And it is quite impressive, however, it only comes with one open hand and one trigger hand. AND they are both for the right hand. The left hand only has a closed fist option. So, really, the Gundam Hammer can't be held in any really cool poses. I'm sure there are some hands out there that will be compatible with the kit though.

Gundam Fully Loaded! The bazooka of course has a clip for it on the back skirt armor.

I think the back of this model looks more interesting than the front sometimes...

The RX-78-2 Gundam. I didn't think the pinkish color scheme depicted in the painting guide was going to look so great, but it really does work for this model.

I shot this one from below. I doubt I'll ever make it to japan to see the 1/1 scale, but at least looking at the model from this angle makes me feel a little better ^_^

All the detail we used to expect only from MG kits back in the day. There are panel lines galore! A lot of surface detail from such a small model.

Even the hip joints have a lot of detail in them.

The knee joint has quite a bit of detail as well, the back of it has more though.

And the pistons of the ankle joint, while immobile, are still molded very crisply!

The elbow joint has a really cool design, and I wanted to accentuate the details of it.

There are lighter blue patches on the sides and on the cockpit of the torso. And even the red midriff has a spot of lighter red.

Tons of detail on the backpack. Like I said, I really like the details on the backside of this model, almost more than the front!

The back of the knee looks really interesting. Originally I was only going to paint the gold portion, but I thought that the added silver details help give it a more mechanical feel.

The ankle joint also has a lot of details on the sides. I'm glad they show through between the armors.

More details on the back pack. The thruster nozzles I decided to paint silver and gold to really make them pop.

Posing with the refile and shield.

I wanted the shield to be anime accurate with a red backside.

The bazooka fits nicely over the shoulder. The handle is hinged to allow for this.

I honestly had a hard time deciding on whether or not to paint the bazooka barrel white or leave it gray! It switches back and forth int he anime so I'm not sure which is official, it even switches from MG to MG! Ultimately I went with white because of the MG 2.0 having a white barrel. Since that is the newest incarnation, I figured that's the most official representation up to this point...

Surprisingly, with the new joint system it can reach back for it's beam saber...

And deploy it dramatically!

Bwwwaaaaaahhhh! IGNITED!

While small, this guy can pack some dramatic poses!

Same pose, different angle. The knees can bend just past the 90 degree mark.

The ankle is pretty sturdy and has a pretty wide range of motion. Again, the amount of panel lines and detail on the legs of this model are very good!

CHAR!!! I'll get you!

The top of the shoulders even have quite a bit going on there.

I had a lot of fun building this model, so much fun, in fact that I had to building something else to go with it!

I dug out an old 1/144 Core Booster from the first ever Gunpla line! It doesn't have as much detail as the modern high grade kits, but given proper attention, they can look very nice!

The Gundam Can even stand on the top of it and ride around! The best part about a design like the Core Booster is it's pretty difficult to screw up the proportions. I think this old kit stands up to the test of time!

I tried to add the same type of coloring scheme for the core booster as is on the Gundam. I think I did an okay job.

I tried also to add a little bit smudging and shadowing with the ink from the pen I used. Again, this kit doesn't have nearly as much surface detail as the Gundam, but for it's time, the model holds up.

As with the Gundam, I think the back or underside of this model looks more interesting that the top or front...

I gave the thrusters the same silver and gold treatment as the Gundam's.

I painted the wheels and adjoining mechanical details. I hoped to make them look as realistic as possible. I like the gold and silver combination for the landing gear.

The back wheels and landing gear got the same treatment of course!

And of course the core fighter itself. The cockpit was one of my favorite parts to paint. I was trying to figure out how to paint those little white lines from the frame and inspiration struck me! Why not just run the exact-o blade on the edges and around the cock pit and scrape the paint off and it worked perfectly! I also painted a few of the white portions in the pinkish hues used on the Gundam.

The Core Fighter's landing gear was also given the gold and silver treatment.

And the thrusters were painted silver and gold.

This Model took a lot out of me. But it turned out very nicely. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and this incredibley long post. For now...

It's time for a break!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fired up! Weapons!

I didn't take any progress pictures of the weapons, I basically cemented the large halves of the beam rifle and bazooka together during assembly, sanded them and painted. I used Gundam marker gray, and Testor's flat white, flat red, and a Micron Pen for the panel lining.

I really like all the detail on the back of the shield, so I wanted to paint the "frame" to show that off. I never understood why Bandai, and for that matter most modelers I've seen, leave the back of the Gundam's shield white. In the Anime it is always shown to be red.

Gundam Marker gray for the guns. The only places I did not paint were the handles and the (I guess) E-block of the rifle underneath the top handle.

I think the detailing of the rifle is very nice, the shield and the rifle both have very similar appearances and proportions as the MG Ver 2.0 Gundam's rifle and shield. The only thing slightly amiss with the rifle is the secondary handle is too big for the HG Gundam to hold... that is if it had included a hand other than the fist for the left arm... (-_-) Grrr. More on that in the final review.

This is the first 1/144 scale Gundam to include the Gundam Hammer! And it is quite nice. I like the real metal chain, the MG Gundam's can't even boast that claim. The beam saber was painted the same as the hilts from the previous post. The blade is attached and therefore not clear, no worries, I painted that with acrylic clear red to give it a somewhat clear feel. I think it worked out and admittedly looks better in person.

Final update and post for the G-30th HG Gundam coming soon!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Torso, Backpack, skirt armor

Okay, next up is body unit of the Gundam. The torso has a pretty neat midsection with a decent amount of posability. Quite a few parts go into the whole unit.

These are all the parts for the body unit; torso, skirt armor, and back pack. Sanded and prepped for painting.
The hip section is painted gray for a more mechanical look, and the white parts are painted as per the painting guide. A fine tipped paintbrush is used on the small V on the crotch armor panel.

Next up the backpack, I included the beam saber hilts with the backpack because they are so iconic. I painted them also according to the guide.
I took a few liberties with the gold and silver paint for details on the backpack. The thrusters were painted gold then trimmed in silver. Then the small thrusters under the pack were painted in gold and the inside of that chamber was painted silver.

A better picture of the backpack.

Completed torso, side.
Torso and skirt armor, back
There you have it, the Gundam completely painted and assembled. Next up is weapons, and I'll post pictures of the completed model along with the surprise that I mentioned earlier ^_^.