New Year

Long time no see again. I had planned to update the site much more after all the commissions but ended up putting it off until I realized it was the end of 2019 and I still haven’t posted the last of the commission builds.

Well I finally managed to post the builds but wanted to talk about what else I have been doing and what I hope to do with this site in 2020.

Since finishing commissions I haven’t really done much gunpla. I did start 2 144 HG kits earlier in the year and got pretty far with modifying one of them, but I’m thinking I might need to give some resin casting a try in order to finish it.

Beyond that I did some work on custom marvel figures. From paint touch ups to significant internal structure modding.

The big project though that took most of my time this year was a total redo of my modeling work space. I’ve posted images of my work space in the past which is a broken down bathroom. For the longest time I had to work around the broken toilet severely limiting what I could do in the space. But during the summer and fall I did a bunch of renovations including removing the toilet, plugging the sewer pipe, and building a wooden base around it. A number of other things I did was add more pegboards, repainted the room, put multiple coats of thick gloss coat on everything, fill every gap I could to prevent loosing small pieces, wall mount my monitor, build a new spray booth stand, among various other changes. With a new job and preparing for going to grad school the final parts of the renovation took way longer than expected.

Having just finished 2 or so months ago I haven’t had time to work on much. Mostly I’ve been trying to finish as many figures that only need small mods and once I get enough of that backlog done I can get back to gunpla.

Some of those have been paint detailing, touch ups, and small mods of a marvel Legends Antman, Green Goblin and a bootleg masterpiece Optimus Prime. I also gutted a figuarts Hulk, rebuilt the internal articulation, and repainted the whole thing.

Currently I am working on a marvel legends Iceman which I just managed to finish.

Finally I have decided it’s time to redo this site. For the longest time all the additions and plugins built into the site has kept me from changing it up, but at this point I think it has become necessary.

Happy New Year.

Starscream

My final commission surprisingly wasn’t gunpla but instead was a kit from a new line of heavily stylized Transformers models. The build quality was okay but I think I have been spoiled by Bandai. The color separation was serviceable with a few large stickers. My biggest issue however was how strange this kit looks in any other pose than the one it was advertised in. Standing in the dynamic pose its shown in all the promo images it looks great but if you try something else it become super gappy and akward. No shading for the one just panel lining and sticker application.

HG Lightning Gundam

At this point I was wrapping up the commissions and wasn’t interested in any big builds so I was only accepting OOB builds with only slight paint applications. The first was the Lightning Gundam and paint wise I only shaded the gray parts with a bit of clear smoke.