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Mephiston
Mar 10, 2006



I recently got back into gunpla (after taking a ~25 year break) back in march, and recently finished my first RG kit, an RG Exia, and my god they're so fiddly. So much fun to build.



It took me like 2 and a half hours to finish one drat leg. whole thing took like 2 days of sanding and polishing. I'm dreading panel lining, but I stuffed my micron pen while doing my HG Astaroth, and good panel markers are impossible to find in Australia.

Looking forward to the RG Qan[T], although I need more IBO kits.

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Bees on Wheat
Jul 18, 2007

I've never been happy


QUAIL DIVISION


Buglord

Hot drat. I thought a ~15 year break was something. Going from crappy no-grade Gundam Wing kits to modern HG and RG kits was some serious poo poo. Can't imagine what it must be like for someone who took a longer break than that. Lookin' good, though!

That said, welcome back to the fold, look forward to seeing your eventual backlog. I've only been back in the hobby for a little over a year and I've already lost track of how many kits I own, and there's at least two dozen in the backlog. But hey, my EVA arrived today so who cares?



Haven't started the build yet but the parts look pretty good. There's something like 10 pairs of hands included, some of the parts use multiple colors (no loving eye stickers! ), and there's a shiny little AT Field for him to rip through.



The box was surprisingly big. Twice the size of my other RGs, about the same size as most of my MGs.



Also bought one of these because why not?



Mephiston posted:

It took me like 2 and a half hours to finish one drat leg.

Haha yeah that happens.

Mephiston
Mar 10, 2006



Thanks for the welcome. I used to buy a wing kit every weekend or so in my teen years and spend an hour or so putting them together.

Here's what I've made since mid-march (minus the Zoids, some of which I've had for decades, others I rescued from a charity store)



Those NG wing kits are the renual ones, not ones from back in the day.

If you're wondering why I have two Astaroths, it's because my wife wanted to buy me an Astaroth Rinascimento, but the hobby store bloke misunderstood. So I decided to make them two different models my putting all the white parts on one, and all the blue parts on the other, and I think it works well.

The dynames in the back is my second ever 1/100 kit (I miss my MG Epyon, that was a fun one).

My shopping list is as scary as it is ridiculous, but I'm a refugee from Warhammer 40k so it's not so bad.

chiasaur11
Oct 22, 2012



Bees on Wheat posted:

Hot drat. I thought a ~15 year break was something. Going from crappy no-grade Gundam Wing kits to modern HG and RG kits was some serious poo poo. Can't imagine what it must be like for someone who took a longer break than that. Lookin' good, though!

That said, welcome back to the fold, look forward to seeing your eventual backlog. I've only been back in the hobby for a little over a year and I've already lost track of how many kits I own, and there's at least two dozen in the backlog. But hey, my EVA arrived today so who cares?



Haven't started the build yet but the parts look pretty good. There's something like 10 pairs of hands included, some of the parts use multiple colors (no loving eye stickers! ), and there's a shiny little AT Field for him to rip through.



I've just finished the main build, and yeah. It's pretty amazing. It's also huge for a RG, with plenty of color separation so everything looks right with no stickers.

Just a shame the knife storage doesn't actually work. I know it'd be a pain at this scale, but I always like a good weapon storage gimmick. Guess they focused more on the entry plug gimmicks.

Elblanco
May 26, 2008


How do you guys get your gunpla in such cool poses? I'm scared to touch mine much because most of them have parts that pop off if I look at them wrong.

My 2 rg's are the worst for this. I just built an exia and the right shoulder pad isn't snug at all, and I can barely keep the gn sword and shield on it. My rg build strike is also really touchy and I couldn't get it to hold the rifle, if just kept falling out.

I think part of it is the movable hands I feel like they arent meant for holding stuff. I dunno though, all the pics I see of other gunpla look so much sturdier than mine.

Zedd
Jul 6, 2009

I mean, who would have noticed another madman around here?




I found this image to still be very helpful (timg to be safe):


Other than that I accept that any pose will look awkward from some angles, recreating an anime moneyshot means recreating looking at it from one angle. I have my RX-78-2 in a pretty cool down the barrel rifle shot, with the other arm readying the bazooka. It look great from my couch and hilariously clumsy from the dinner table.

Old Swerdlow
Jul 24, 2008


I paint mine so I usually end up gluing all the small bits on it and a lot of the joints are much tighter from the paint, so they are able to hold their position much more easily.

Arcsquad12
Mar 4, 2013

I Love Satan


One thing to try is counter rotating the limbs and putting a twist in the torso. These are approximations of 18 meter high robots, so approximating the way they'd actually move is important. One of the best ways to do this is to think of the torso as the center of your image with the limbs moving around it. So if you have a machine throwing a left hook, angle the right hand behind the torso to give that punch the illusion of having more force behind it.

The picture above also has some good advice. Hip thrusts and head bobbing

JT Smiley
Mar 3, 2006
Thats whats up!

Zedd posted:

I found this image to still be very helpful (timg to be safe):


Other than that I accept that any pose will look awkward from some angles, recreating an anime moneyshot means recreating looking at it from one angle. I have my RX-78-2 in a pretty cool down the barrel rifle shot, with the other arm readying the bazooka. It look great from my couch and hilariously clumsy from the dinner table.

Thanks for this. I'm the worst at posing figures so most of the time my collection just falls over and stays that way cause I get so frustrated.

Puddin
Apr 8, 2004
Leave it to Brak

Mephiston posted:

. I'm dreading panel lining, but I stuffed my micron pen while doing my HG Astaroth, and good panel markers are impossible to find in Australia.

https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop.../fineliner-pens

They actually have a ton of micron pens now.

Captain Invictus
Apr 5, 2005


Clever Betty

doing similar things to what I did with Apollo upthread is a good idea. bracing when firing a huge gun, looking in the direction they're firing, leaning forward if swinging a melee weapon, that sort of thing. but always, always make sure the legs and feet are stable and flat on the ground to prevent any wobbling sending them crashing to the floor.

Mephiston
Mar 10, 2006



Puddin posted:

https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop.../fineliner-pens

They actually have a ton of micron pens now.

Oh poo poo, awesome. Thanks for that, I had no idea.

Bees on Wheat
Jul 18, 2007

I've never been happy


QUAIL DIVISION


Buglord

I actually had a dream about gunpla last night. I was sorting through some boxes in the backlog, and found one with an orange Alto unit, and one with an orange Eva unit. Both apparently had been fully assembled, then shoved back into their boxes along with the used sprues. So I did the logical thing and shoved them both into one box so I could toss the other.

Then I woke up and remembered I actually do have a fully assembled Alto (gray) and a Trans-Am Kyrios sitting in their boxes somewhere. Kyrios probably gettin' jealous because I've been pimping all the other 00 suits but honestly it was my least favorite design from that series and I only own that kit because it was part of a blind-bag kinda deal.

Mephiston posted:

Thanks for the welcome. I used to buy a wing kit every weekend or so in my teen years and spend an hour or so putting them together.

Here's what I've made since mid-march (minus the Zoids, some of which I've had for decades, others I rescued from a charity store)


Oh yeah, when I was a teenager we'd buy them at the flea market once a month. I put all of my little sister's kits together too. I think I re-started around March of last year, and by the end of that May I only had.. maybe 5 or 6 Gundams and one Haro. Silly me was trying to be responsible and not spend all of my money on plastic crack.


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The dynames in the back is my second ever 1/100 kit (I miss my MG Epyon, that was a fun one).
Dynames is a v. good boy. My third MG, but I had several of the 1/100 HG Gundam Wing kits back in the day. I recently found them on Amazon and built them again, since unfortunately none of my original collection is still around.

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My shopping list is as scary as it is ridiculous, but I'm a refugee from Warhammer 40k so it's not so bad.
A friend of mine used to be a manager for Games Workshop, and he's the reason I refer to any sort of model kits as "plastic crack" now. His house could have doubled as their backup warehouse because he, his wife, and at least one of the kids were into it. I even built a few smaller kits with them even though I've never played the games and know none of the lore. I just like putting things together.

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d3lness
Feb 19, 2011

Unicorns are metal. Gundanium alloy to be exact...



Finally finished up my Red Astray bust. Not going to lie, I was so annoyed with the quality of the kit I kinda phoned it in at the end with the markers and clean up. However, it completely passes the "from here" test in terms of looks so I'm okay with it. I don't think I've ever had to shorten pegs and shave bits as much as I did with this kit and I've put together old Games Workshop and Privateer Press models. On the upside, it's a hell of a desk piece.

Full gallery: https://imgur.com/gallery/gFP30UL

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