A pretty simple build considering I already knew what to expect, the only part that gave me any trouble was handling the Alclad brass. Alclads high shine paints tend to rub off when handling them with your bare hands so I had to put this thing together with gloves. While it’s just an inconvenience the idea that even with a top coat I’m afraid to touch any part with brass on it made me decide when it’s time for an eventual MG Strike Freedom build (bootleg or 2.0) I will have to find an alternative.
I was a bit worried with this one as applying the amount of layers needed for a candy coat on to a frame meant that joints would be exceptionally tight. While there wasn’t any danger of breakage, paint scratch felt like a big possibility. Luckily the Sengoku design has large covers for some of the areas that paint scratch would most likely happen, and as long as it isn’t scratched by the time the client gets it I’m happy.
While initially shipping issues and a bout of sickness pushed me to combine the builds of the MG Sengoku Astray and the RG Strike Freedom, another reason was that both clients wanted the same thing for both kits candy coats. Continue reading →
Recently mvm3897 uploaded a video about commissions and I really wanted to link to it here. If you don’t know mvm3897 is basically one of the oldest and most respected gunpla/gundam resin builders in the western community and has been doing commissions for some time. Considering the gunpla community in the west is small compared to the east the amount of people doing commissions is so small that I never could get a good understanding of the going rate for most and even more importantly where to find clients willing to pay that amount.
I want people to see this and understand that not only that commissions go for a good amount of money but that you get what you pay for. Too many times have I seen people back out when I gave them VERY low figures for the work they are asking for. As I have started doing commissions more and more I have let this slide less and less and have refused commissions that I would have taken a year or more ago. Right now I will maintain my rate but I have always felt like it is too low and will eventually raise it.
A combination of shipping delays and getting sick (which I still am) I fell behind on where I planned on being with commissions. So I wanted to make a quick post to show the clients that while it’s taking longer than expected the kits are being worked on.