Let's see your Gundams

Discussion in 'The Toyark' started by agesthreeandup, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. YellowCorvette

    YellowCorvette Gundam & Micron Densetsu Enthusiast

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    I've made this same comparison before, but the way Bandai/Sunrise treated Gundam X really does reminds me of how HasTak seems to ignore Animated nowadays. In fact, both shows are sort of being left in obscurity by their mother companies (Bandai/Sunrise and Hasbro/Takara Tomy), and barely get any love when it comes to merchandising.

    This is gonna sounds nonsensical, but both Gundam X and TF: Animated do have quite a bit of similarity going on:
    • Both shows have their main plot which takes place in a post-war era after a major war was over, with hints about the scale of the war in the present time.
    • Both shows also have their main characters started out as inexperienced newcomers, who slowly grows into a bigger role into a hero over the course of the runtime of their respective show; Like how Animated has Optimus slowly grows into a more capable, worthy candidate of the Autobot rank Magnus, or how Gundam X slowly has its main character, Garrod Ran get to find the titular Gundam and grows to be aware of the true responsibility of being a capable Gundam pilot.
    • Both After War Gundam X and Transformers: Animated were infamously plagued with production problems in its initial run, resulting in the number of episodes or seasons having to be cut short prematurely.
    • Both shows also have antagonists that want to fan the flames of war once more, with the various morally grey decision being made by both sides throughout the show.
    • Both shows also have an older mentor figure (Ultra Magnus and Jamil Neate) as side character occasionally checking out on our current MCs, who are veterans fought in the war that shows their ages in current time, but still capable in their own way.
    • Both shows also feature a young female character (Sari Sumdac from TF: Animated, and Tiffa Adill from Gundam X) that may look outwardly normal at first, but eventually revealed to have superpowers and gets to play a bigger, spoiler-worthy role in the story; with the powers being an objective that both sides want to chase for?
    • Not only that, but both shows also starred an old, veteran medic as one of their main cast (Dr. Techs Farzenberg in Gundam X, and ratchet in Transformers: Animated) that was also a veteran of the last war, as a doctor rather than a combatant; and remembers its horrors well.
    • Both shows are pretty well-received among the very few who had actually watched them, but yet barely any new fans show interest or even acknowledged that they existed nowadays.
     
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  2. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Be strong enough to be gentle

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    I would imagine Ratchet was more of a Jamile than Magnus. Magnus was jaded, almost apathetic, and didn't have the highest opinion of Optimus and his team, and was hardly in the show. Jamile was a main character, a true mentor, and cared deeply about the Freeden crew and his goal of protecting newtypes. He and Ratchet also both share near-debilitating trauma and are key combatants in the conflict that ended the respective wars. Other than being medics, Techs and Ratchet don't share much in the way of story role.

    Also TFA has way more of a following than Gundam X does. TFA's lack of any sort of revival is due to its incompatible art style (you can't just drop TFA characters into a new toyline without a massive visual disconnect) and the fact that it did get a fairly good run of three seasons despite competing with a movie franchise. X was cancelled during production because it didn't have the insane popularity of Wing, and that's still being used against it when it comes to new kits.
     
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  3. Hadlen_Weltall

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    Slow progress overall, but I covered a good bit of detailing on the weapons and started the leg work.

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    Preliminary coats of silver and gold on the joints. Before I really get into the legs I have to treat the knee pistons. Those of course are primed and ready to start. More details to get painted depending on visibility.

    The rifle is mostly finished, just some minor work to clean up and detail parts to set in like the folding tab for stowing it.

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    One notable change from where I left off the first time is I stripped the silver paint I put on the gun barrel.

    Now for where I spent the majority of my time tonight.. the shield back.

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    Yeah... now the dilute green wash is working like I had hoped with some minor recoats of silver over it in some of the gaps. I don't get the same results on the clear blue plastic still.
     
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  4. Gabriel Contreras

    Gabriel Contreras After 5 years of lurking I finally made an account

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    Hadlen_Weltall Whiskey Powered Mad Genius Gunpla and Cow Master

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    MG Providence is complete. All the masking was a pain but definitely worth it. Next up ZZ Ver Ka.

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  7. Hadlen_Weltall

    Hadlen_Weltall Whiskey Powered Mad Genius Gunpla and Cow Master

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    Amazing work as always! .. I can see you didn't go back and paint over that hose fitting on the backpack.
     
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    anubis20 Well-Known Member

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    haha yea the gold I use didn't work too well with hand brushing and I was not going to mask all that again for those two fittings:lol 
     
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    Bummer. I know what you mean though, my hand brushing sometimes never matches up with my airbrushed paint too.

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    I know I said I'm never getting another Real Grade *Zaku* but it doesn't stop me from burning my wallet on a 4th of July discount sale for something Zeonic.

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    .... If we're seeing the Hi-Nu's Hyper Mega Bazooka Launcher, some legs just for show are inevitable.
     
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    deruberhanyok Likes the G2 neon lights

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    Okay well, this is all wrapped up from the torso up. Just primered the lower body. The entry grade Gundam is honestly shockingly good, especially for a $7.50 kit from Target.

    Anyone have suggestions for painting some perfectly straight stripes across the leg? I was probably just going lay down my base red, then mask off stripes and paint over in silver.
     
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  12. Hadlen_Weltall

    Hadlen_Weltall Whiskey Powered Mad Genius Gunpla and Cow Master

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    Getting better with this homemade acrylic wash using it like I would its enamel counterpart, just apply and wick. While the excess doesn't buff off as easily without solvents, a little thinner is enough without damaging the paint.

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    The ammo for the bazooka, the details down the side mostly disappear but the wearheads and nozzles will be seen. My green wash over the metallic colors really shines better than I expected but it disappears on the dark clear blue parts.

    I have about finished the handheld weapons tonight. The beam sabers are done atoo, but I put them aside without photographing them.

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    The shield turned out nicely although seeing through the front side and looking at the posts and vacuous space is a little distracting.
    I did apply silver to the back side of the short missile rack so the part's clear red so it won't stand out.

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    This is one of those areas where paint will make a difference on the original version of the kit because I don't want to paint the lattice underside with the Clear Nu's shield.

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    I since went back and painted the forearm clasp for the shield with silver to keep my panel pattern going.

    Meanwhile, I have an idea for painting this kit differently from the original version. For the clear version, the vents are coated in gold and painting these same spots in silver for the original.

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    The last bit of work on the knee pistons had one minor setback, when my small supply of paint in the paint pan was too diluted.

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    This is a first for me too in that I didn't have to bore out the piston sleeves.
     
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  13. joncbenn

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    My 1yo Great Dane did a barrel roll on the 1st and twisted her stomach. She had emergency surgery at the University of Georgia Vet that night. I got her there in time and she had no permanent internal damage, but she has to be cared for like the princess she is 24/7 until her sta plea are removed and she can be returned with my 2 other Danes. So it’s been pretty much a no go on my MG Barbie that came in last week. Only have the head done so far. But the kit is amazing it’s going to be so much fun to build.
    I also saw these two come up for sale on Galactic Toys: 712EF7DB-9A33-4859-A027-9901253F4938.jpeg 6FF7D55F-90A1-43D7-8B45-84AB4DA46BDD.jpeg a hguc Wing kit and Sailor Moon Mecha you know your boy Dirty had to pick em up. The future misses is going out of town next week so I plan on going hunting Monday. I saw a ton of Leo’s at hobby lobby last night near closing and kits are 40% off this week then I’m heading down to Hobby Town in Atlanta to see what they have (I know it’s in Kennesaw but I’m from north Georgia and everything past Buford is Atlanta).
     
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  14. doomtron

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    IMG_20210711_114227166~2.jpg Did another starter kit with my son. Ordering a higher grade unicorn next
     
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  15. PlanckEpoch

    PlanckEpoch Red and black red and black

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    Oh yeahhhh. What a legit joy to build. Long shot but Bandai has to make all of the base Wing Gundams in RG form.

    Anyways I put off these projects but I gotta finish them. Doing a repaint of an SDCS Zaku I and my MG Dwadge.

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    It really is a gorgeous kit.
    Where did that nice sky blue base plate come from or did you paint that?
     
  17. PlanckEpoch

    PlanckEpoch Red and black red and black

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    I wish I thought to paint up a plate in that color, but actually it came from the HG Soryumaru kit.

    Souryuumaru (HG) (Plastic model) - HobbySearch Gundam Kit/etc. Store

    Unfortunately the base adapter that plugs into Wing Gundam is only compatible with Action Base 4 and 5. Was irritated at first but then I remember I had the Soryumaru stand being unused. While I get they want to push the new stands I think it's sad that they've more or less abandoned the AB 1 and 2s. I still find those bases a better and less aggravating to use than AB 4 and 5s.
     
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  18. Fr33domgundam

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    Agreed.
    I much prefer AB1s/AB2s over AB4s/AB5s.
    AB1s in particular; since I primarily focus of 1/100, AB1 is more suited for that scale. I know the packaging for AB4 and AB5 say that 1/100 is compatible, I'm not sure I trust my 1/100 on that arm...
     
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  19. PlanckEpoch

    PlanckEpoch Red and black red and black

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    RG Sazabi was on an AB2 for a whole week and, admittedly, put him in a flying forward type of position. Killed the goddamn stand, haha. I just don't trust the AB4/5 arm on something like RG Sazabi even. I share your concerns with 1/100 kits too.
     
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    After 7 years we finally have another Z-MSV kit in HGUC lineup.
    It's a much inferior model compared to the RE/100 but a way better looking MKIII for sure.

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    Got quite a few kits in the past weeks and even a new airbrush but I am just content looking at the MKIII on my desk.

    Really feel like Bandai cheap out on the wing binders on this kit. They are less substantial and smaller in proportions compared to the RE kit.
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