Saturday, February 25, 2017

HGIBO Grimgerde Completed Gallery

The Grimgerde was a kit I instantly fell in love with the moment I first laid eyes on it, and much to my surprise I was given one for christmas. Unsure what to do with it, as I really like the original colors and design I wanted mine to stand out. So I snapped the kit and mulled the build over in my head a few times, before deciding to paint the kit in the style just like one of my close friends uses for all of his builds. The entire kit was broken down, any mods were done, and seams were filled, and then I separated everything by the color it was going to be.

This entire kit was painted by hand, with Vallejo acrylics. Every surface on this kit received no less than 3 coats of paint. I primed using a matte black primer, applied via a brush, and then I built my colors towards the end goal gradually mixing different shades of paint to help ease the transition. The texture on the kit comes from Dry brushing every color onto the surface from multiple different angles to help hide the brush strokes and provide some level of uniformity to the completed model.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

1/35 Maschinen Krieger Archelon Completed Gallery

Hello there again folks, long time no post. this time we have a new build as a group build for Team Helios with the theme of : Grunts. so I actually did 3 kits for this build, and this one will be the first of them posted. if you haven't built a wave Ma. K kit yet, I highly recommend them if you can get your hands on them. engineering wise they're a bit dated compared to some newer offerings by other manufacturers. but they are fantastic model kits none the less. the entire model snapped together without any issue, minor flash on a couple of parts, and even came with some parts to make another variant of this model. only one part needed glue to stay in place, although i recommend gluing all of the smaller bits on. the rubber joints aren't the greatest and could benefit from resculpting or being cast in a different material, but took paint surprisingly well.

anyway, the entire kit was snapped, inspected, seam sealed, primed and painted using vallejo acrylics by hand. weathering was done post painting and decaling, and topcoat was applied via spray can. the model was then mounted to a block of wood sprayed with adhesive and covered in diorama grass.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

MG Tallgeese III completed Gallery

Hey guys, Justin here again with another completed kit. this time it's another commission work, the P-bandai 1/100 scale MG Tallgeese III. I was a huge fan of the original tallgeese kit when it first came out, so getting my hands on this was super great, although i think the tallgeese II is my favorite variant, regardless the extra parts were nice. My client wanted stock colors and decals (and since this was p-bandai the water slides were included which was very nice) with little modification, shading and lining. So what I did was started with the frame, which i used a different color than normal to compliment the outer armor rather than contrast like i normally do.

my next plan was the armor needed to be broken up a little since the top half had the largest concentration of blue, i moved some blues to the legs and waist area as well as the inner pieces of the shoulders. just to help push the color scheme along. finally to break up the monotony of the white i added a couple of grey bits here and there just to keep interest going along the entire piece. in the end this is what i wound up with. unfortunately there aren't a mass of details on this kit, it's fairly clean with little in the way of panel lines and the like. but it's still a really fun kit.

if you managed to read this far please be sure to click the bump down below and look at the rest of the gallery!

Monday, May 9, 2016

1/144 Graze Kai WIP

So I started working on a second Graze Kai this week. I'd previously prepped and started painting it, but I decided to strip what I'd done and start fresh. During my move from South Carolina, home I managed to lose the top part of the Graze kai head, so instead of ordering a replacement, or scratchbuilding the part, I just scratchbuilt a whole new head...

Friday, April 15, 2016

SD Jesta Resin Kit Gallery

So I'd say this wip has been ongoing for at least 2 years, thought maybe it was time to wrap it up. nothing fancy or special here. custom mixed colors, and lots of small pins. I present, the SD Jesta

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Graze Kai Fenrir Custom

So again, I'm sorry I've sort of abandoned my blog. I haven't had as much time to model as I'd like, considering I just had my first child I guess it's probably excusable ;P

anyway, this has been a long standing build off with a good friend of mine, who builds over on facebook : Go check out Mecha Lab
he's a member of my team, and a good friend. anyway, I wanted to do some modifications to my graze outside keeping it normal and changing the colors. so the first thing I played around with was the ankle guards. I flipped them upside down, and threw them on, and thought they looked really cool that way. not really a modification, but it's different. next I wanted to experiment with scribing, so I added some detail to the legs and the chest. Finally I felt like adding wolf ears would make the head of the kit stand out, since it's so plain (it looks really good, in my opinion, mind you) thus the Fenrir was born. the weapon is a 1/100 Magic toys ore gun, since I preordered it I actually got double the weapons, so I tinkered with how it looked holding a large oversized cannon. and oddly enough it didn't look too out of scale. so I decided to keep it. the Axe was modified heavily using pla-plate, I didn't care much for the stock axe, and thought It could use some work. so I lobbed the top half off of the back portion of the axe, and cut it at an angle, and I cut a triangle of styrene out and glued it to the top of the axe, and sanded it to shape.

as for the color scheme, I was originally thinking of painting it in an orange color. Not really in relation to my team, but because I thought an orange graze would look awesome. but I laid down a red basecoat and fell in love, so I quickly modified my color scheme, and changed how it would work, and moved forward with the build.

now that you've heard all there is about the build. hit the bump and see some photos! this was a blast to build and paint. can't wait to dig into another one :)