GBN-Guard Frame

May 24, 2019 at 20:15 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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The HGBD Guard Frame reminded me of a certain country’s riot police. With that theme in mind, I played around with various spare parts and MSG weapon units to get the look that I was aiming for.

Materials & methods:
The work in progress can be found here.
After priming and applying preshading, painting was as follows:
Head: Red madder
Chest, waist: Midnight blue + a bit of blue
Knees, feet: German gray
Other parts: Blue + german gray + intermediate blue
Joints: Dark gray (2)
Shield: Neutral gray
Weapons: Grey FS36118
No weathering this time, just panel lining, decals & flat topcoat.


Some action poses:

And the main reason for the RG hands: Little Armory weapons. The samurai sword in that last pic is from one of the Revoltech skeleton series.

The HGBD Guard Frame has a lot of similarities with the HGBF GM/GM, and to some extent with other recent HG kits. This means that I can swap parts rather easily for kitbashing.
Plus, the range of movement on the joints is also great, and I had fun posing it during photography. I also like that it comes with another head; comes in handy for kitbashing.
Overall, the HGBD Guard Frame is a solid kit, a fun build, and a new model for posing with my Little Armory weapons.


HGBF Mega Shiki

May 7, 2019 at 22:09 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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The 10 day break for this year’s Golden Week in Japan was a perfect time to complete some of my in-progress builds.
I wanted to paint something in gold during the Golden Week, so I chose the HGBF Mega Shiki.

Materials & methods:

I forgot to take photos of the work in progress, but it’s basically a simple kitbashing project using the following parts:
Backpack & feet : HGBF Luna Gazer
Rifle: HGUC Delta Kai
Unicorn beam javelin: Came free with a magazine
I also added some detail parts on the crotch and shins.
Unlike previous builds, I primed all parts with black surfacer instead of the usual grey. For the gold parts, I used Super Gold (Mr. Color Super Metallic) thinned with Gaianotes metallic master thinner.
For other parts, I used different shades of grey, red and blue. After airbrushing the main colors, I hand painted some parts using enamel paints.
Decals were kept to a minimum, mostly on the non-gold parts. I only added two decals on the gold shoulders. Because I liked how the gold color looked like, I didn’t use any topcoat for this build.



This is my first build of the 令和 (Reiwa) era, and the first kit that I painted with gold using an airbrush. I had mixed results using a gundam marker and spray can previously, so I’m quite pleased with how this turned out.
I really like the tone of Mr. Color’s Super Gold; it’s not too yellow and it’s closer to the gold tone of the MG Hyaku Shiki 2.0 kit.
As for the Mega Shiki, it’s not really fun to play with due to limited range of movement. There’s several obvious seam lines too, namely at the head, shoulders, knee joints, and forearms. Part separation is generally OK, but some masking is required for some parts.
Because of that, the Mega Shiki feels slightly outdated. Or maybe I’m a bit spoilt by the recent GM kits. The good thing is that the Mega Shiki has really nice proportions so at the very least, it looks nice just in a standing pose.

GM Cannon

March 29, 2019 at 23:10 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 1 Comment
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After completing a straight build of the Space Assault Type with custom colors, I wanted to build a more traditional-looking GM Cannon. The major difference between the two is the lower legs.
I tried different types of legs; the bell bottom legs from the old MSV kit looked too retro, whereas the GM Cannon II legs were too fat. In the end I made the blasphemeous choice of attaching Act Zaku legs onto the GM Cannon.

Materials & methods:

You can read about the minor changes I made here.
For painting, I used the following colors:
Red parts: Red madder + a few drops of german grey
White parts: Off white + a few drops of orange yellow
Grey parts: German gray
There’s fewer parts to mask this time, so painting was relatively painless.
This time I’m also skipping weathering effects, so it’s just panel lining, decals, and flat topcoat.


Some action poses. Most of these were just recreated poses from the GM Cannon ROBOT Damashi promo pics. The weapons & shield were from my previous builds.

And finally some group photos. Because of the leg modification, the GM Cannon is taller than the Space Assault Type, which was unmodified.


This GM Cannon is very similar to the Space Assault Type (S.A.T), bar the legs, so my previous comments about the S.A.T also applies. The Act Zaku knee joint can bend more than 90 degrees, so a kneeling pose is no problem.
To be honest, the main motivation for this build was to recreate this box art pose. Hence the color scheme and the pointing finger mod. Pardon the bad photoshop:

But wait, there’s one more:

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