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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Upper Body Completed]

With various sub-assemblies comprising the Upper Body now complete, I can finally put together the first meaningful series of photos of the RX-78-2 Gundam. Up until now, one couldn't really see a coherent end product because the individual sub-assemblies had been showcased in isolation. That changes with the assembly of a fully painted and decaled Upper Body section. It's a major milestone for

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Shoulder Armor, Hands & Beam Saber Hilts]

To complete what Bandai terms as the RX-78-2 Gundam Arm Unit, the arms per se from the previous post will require additional sections namely the Shoulder Armor and Hands. It's these latter two items as well as Beam Saber Hilts that will take center stage in this post. Without further ado, here they are. Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Version 3.0: Shoulder Armor, Arms and Hands [Completed]

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Arms]

It's only at this stage of the build that one can truly appreciate what Bandai has done with this version of the Grandpa Gundam. What stands out the most is color contrast on the armor which was created using a multitude of small and separate parts. Although the parts already came molded in the different colors, I still proceeded to paint them up. I did so because there is a distinct difference

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Head Unit Complete]

After the highs of attempting to replicate realism inherent in a Race Queen's facial features, my mood slowly leveled out as I worked on the Head Unit of the RX-78-2 Gundam. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the process of painting and putting the mecha's head together. I did. Besides it provides a welcome change of pace, forcing me to vary my usual approach to a project. Knowing myself, I'm

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T'au SEED Destiny: GAT-X105+AQM/E-X01 Aile Strike Gundam

Every force needs a commander, and for the battlesuits I'm painting up, this one is it.While I do have some other ideas, like the Coldstar Commander, a Tau battlesuit force can at the moment only have a single commander suit per detachment, so he will have to do the job in the 1500 points force.The models is a slightly converted battlesuit commander, with the 'fins' on the head repositioned in order to pick him apart on the table (apart from his colourscheme) as the migthy plasma leader of dead.  Because I went for both a regular plasma (painted purple as the color of his anime counterparts Beam Saber) as well as a Cyclonic Ion Blaster for armaments, and a shield generator for protection.  Add to this his signature wargear of a Seismic Destabiliser to annoy models in cover, and his treat of Exemplar of Mont'Ka to advance and shoot without penalties with his Cyclonic.  And his armour is upgraded to Iridium for some extra protection...He is also joined by two drones to intercept some shots coming

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [Body Unit Completed, Body Unit Part 5 of 5]

As someone who prefers an orderliness to the build process, I had divided up assembly of the Body Unit into specific build sections i.e. the Inner Frame, Outer Panels, Ransel/Backpack and Head. Breaking up a larger body of work into smaller pieces not only made the build processes much more manageable but it also had an added advantage of invoking a greater sense of accomplishment. This is

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Neck & LED Light, Body Unit Part 4 of 5]

While the neck region was the easiest step of the entire RX-78-2 Gundam Body Unit to paint and assemble, it did however require the addition of an LED light unit which I hadn't attempted before. Fortunately, though, the Bandai LED Unit (Yellow) was a straightforward propriety lighting system that did not require any extensive knowledge of electrical wiring. Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Version

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Ransel/Backpack, Body Unit Part 3 of 5]

Initially I was confused as to what a ransel even was. A quick online check showed it's Dutch for a satchel or rectangular backpack. The Japanese equivalent is randoseru, a term that is borrowed from the Dutch ransel which itself is borrowed from the German word ränzel. That perhaps explains why the Japanese language assembly instructions refer to the gundam's 'backpack' as ransel. Anyway, that's

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Torso Outer Panels, Body Unit Part 2 of 5]

Attachment of the outer panels give us an inkling of the familiar form that is the RX-78-2 Gundam as it is arguably its most recognizable attribute apart from the head. That's done and dusted, and below are the work-in-progress photos leading up to the completion of the Torso Outer Panels.   Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Version 3.0 work-in-progress: Torso Outer Panels In addition to what

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Returning Japanese

It's been a while since my last post. Sorry about that, but those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that, at the beginning of July, I spent the better part of two weeks in Japan. What does this have to do with wargaming? Not much, but more than you think.Japan has basically no domestic wargaming industry. Board games, trading card games and even traditional pen and roleplaying is popular, but Japan doesn't really produce any wargames of its own.That said, model kits are extremely popular and very widely available. Most notably, the huge range of kits based on the various Gundam anime series. My brother and I stopped in at Gundam Base on the Island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay. For enthusiasts of the Gunpla hobby (a portmanteau of Gundam and Play) this was like Warhammer World.There were huge displays of custom built kitsAn exhibition about Gundam kit manufacture including a model of the factory that produces them.Areas for building and painting workshops, including competition winners.And an enormous shop s

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Torso Inner Frame, Body Unit Part 1 of 5]

Work on Grandpa Gundam himself begins with the Torso Inner Frame of the Body Unit. Progress on the RX-78-2 is only moving along at a moderate pace due to the need to paint the individual parts before assembling them. But I expect things to speed up somewhat as I slowly get the hang of the unique paint/build process a Gundam model kit entails. Ironically I find this slow paint and build process to

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Future War Commander YMS-15 Gyan

The first of the Gundam models for my Cav Open Market list has been rolled off the painting desk today.I went for the "bottlecap" scale of the figures, which are around the 1/400 scale, so technically a little smaller then 6mm (at 1/300 up and about) but perfectly in size for FWC gaming, as every model stands about as big as a 32mm Heroic figure from Age of Sigmar and the likes.The models come in soft plastic, attached to a plastic bottle cap, so step 1 war removing the cap of course, and then the model was undercoated over it's pre-painted layer.  My beloved 'two layer cell shading' style works perfectly for these sorts of models (heck, it's due to them I started painting like that years ago) and the first walker for the walker filled army list was ready.Ruleswise, being not a Gundam but a "not so mass-produced' Mobile Suit, it's going to use the rules for the "Assassin" class, which is in theme with it being a close combat suit, with a secondary missile launcher system (mounted in the shield), at 260 p

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP Part 3 of 3 Core Fighter : Final Assembly & Panel Lining]

My first Gundam project began with a fair bit of trepidation at the need to paint a myriad of small parts separately before assembling them. That uneasy feeling has since dissipated as anticipation of the said task turned out to be worse than the actual experience. In fact I found it quite gratifying to paint the many tiny parts individually, before seeing them transform into a complete whole.

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP Part 2 of 3 Core Fighter : Detail Painting and Sticker Decals]

It has been quite a while since I painted figurines at a scale of 1/100 or less. My last effort dates back more than three years ago for a 1/144 scale project that has since been mothballed. Back then I painted the ensemble cast revolving around the Millennium Falcon (first Han and Chewie followed by the rest). from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As you can see my painting skills at such scales

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