Little Armory Steyr AUG

December 10, 2019 at 02:30 | Posted in Little Armory | 1 Comment
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Little Armory Steyr AUG

After the FA-MAS, we have another bullpup assault rifle in the form of the Steyr AUG. It has a unique design, easily recognizable by its shilouette. This little armory kit comes with only one magazine, made of smoke-colored clear plastic. The forward grip is swappable between a folded up or down version.

I painted the body in IDF Gray 3, and the barrel in gunmetal. The insides of the magazine is painted in gold, like the P90 kit. Some fine details were directly paint brushed. The length is about the same as the M4A1, and the barrel makes it longer than the FA-MAS.

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
I really like the Steyr design, and it was a fun build. But there’s not much details or interesting gimmicks, and it wouldn’t hurt to have another spare magazine. The whole barrel assembly also feels somewhat fragile; it’s so thin I worry that it might snap anytime I handle it.
The Steyr looks nice in a shooting pose from the shoulders. The Skeleton & Synthetic Human can do this pose quite well, but the GM… not so much. I still think the real life Steyr AUG looks nice, but in this instance it doesn’t look nice with 1/144 scale Gunpla.

Little Armory PKM

December 3, 2019 at 23:55 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory PKM machine gun

The PKM is a Russian general purpose machine gun. This Little Armory kit is in all black plastic, except for the grip, carrying handle, stock, and bullet case. The black parts were painted with gunmetal and the bullet case with Russian Green. I randomly brushed enamel dark brown on the stock, grip and carrying handle, and dabbed some black weathering pastel. The bullets were individually hand painted using enamel gold. With everything assembled, the only spare part is the bipod.

The length is about the same as the M240 machine gun, but the PKM looks less bulky.

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
At first glance, the Little Armory PKM doesn’t look that impressive and the design looks somewhat generic. But closer inspection reveals some fine details, such as on the bullet case. The carrying handle can be rotated as well, unlike the M249 and M240 machine guns.
But overall, that is still not enough to put the PKM on my favourites list.

Little Armory AS Val

November 28, 2019 at 22:24 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory AS Val

To be honest, I have never heard of the AS Val prior to the release of this kit. Apparently it’s a Soviet-designed rifle with built-in suppressor. This also marks the first Little Armory kit which doesn’t feature artwork by Fuyuno Haruaki.
Anyway, the kit comes with a spare magazine, and a scope.

I roughened up the surface of the handguard(?) piece using this technique. I used a combination of german gray and black for painting, with masking applied to give some sort of color variation. The scope was painted in burnt iron. Some reflective stickers were attached to the scope for some extra detail. Finally, I applied some light dry brushing using enamel silver.
The AS Val is approximately the same length as the AKM.

There’s two configurations to choose from: 1) a no scope version in which a plate is attached to the left side of the body; 2) a scope can be attached via the same holes on the left side of the body

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised by this Little Armory AS Val kit. The design itself is unique, and the level of details is also impressive. For example there’s notches on the magazines, and the safety lever is also movable like in the AKM kit.
The buttstock is rather long, so it’s not so easy to pose with the GM. Overall, this is a unique-looking and solid kit, and a bit of a fresh air amidst the various AR type rifles. Not a fan of the new boxart though, no offense to the artist.

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