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Capitalism Corner* / Re: WTB: Kallamity Garbaldy
« on: June 15, 2014, 11:22:57 PM »
Briegel has been acquired. Now looking for Garbaldy.

Capitalism Corner* / WTB: Kallamity Garbaldy
« on: April 29, 2014, 09:20:45 AM »
Title says it all. I'm looking to buy a Briegel kit. If anyone has one they would not mind parting with, please let me know and hopefully we can make a deal.

Model Gallery / Alucard
« on: June 10, 2009, 06:48:51 PM »
The second of my triple WIP has been completed. Enjoy!

I just realized, I forgot to touch up the bottom of his boot. :doh:

Other than that, everything looks pretty good to me figure-wise. The chair isn't my favorite thing and I intend to one day either redo it, or make something better. For now though I just needed to get it off my desk.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/8 Seras Victoria
« on: May 20, 2009, 11:34:36 PM »
There were certain things I liked about the anime better, but the OVA was the best overall. I liked how the anime expanded on the Valentine Brothers story. I also liked that Seras Victoria was less childish.

I spent about an hour and a half working on my base after the plaster cured. I was going for a natural stone look which I now realize strays from the traditional European street look. I'm doing Alucard's base right now, so I'll probably make it look closer to what you did. I just didn't make mine as deep on either base. I didn't have anything to hold the plaster in place so I mixed it slightly thick and spread it onto the base as evenly as possible. Once cured, I buffed out the high spots with 375 grit sandpaper. From there, I was able to pencil in the stones. After that, it was chisel and wire brush madness!

I like that you're going with the yellow for this. I've only seen one of these completed and it has a red outfit. I can't figure out where she had a red outfit.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/8 Seras Victoria
« on: May 20, 2009, 09:46:19 AM »
Very good so far.

The only thing that I'd like to mention is the shading on the flesh. It seems to be a little too bold and whatnot.

I've also been doing cobblestone for my Alucard and Alexander Anderson builds and your looks great. It's much better than my end result.

What color are you going to paint her uniform? Anime blue or OVA yellow?

Model In-Progress / Re: Ultimate WIP: 3 figures at once!
« on: May 18, 2009, 11:54:15 AM »
I've been busy and forgot to post updates.

I just finished Alucard, but I still need to do his chair. For now, you can enjoy this pic:

I need to touch up the bottoms of his boots from when I did all the worn leather, but he's good to go for the most part. Everything was hand painted apart from his flesh, hat, and the cloak.

His cloak and hat were preshaded with Tamiya hull red followed by a special mix of the preshade with red, orange, and a bit of green.

The hardest part of Alucard were the Cromwell symbols on his hands. The decals the kit came with were red and didn't look like the symbols in the show so I'm saving them for something else. I almost left the symbols out completely until I noticed a sharp pencil on my desk. It took a lot of patience, but I was able to draw in the symbols and they look great. I'm glad I went ahead and put in the symbols.

Alexander is giving me all kinds of grief. I no sooner finish one thing then I find another. He's got a couple more days of sanding and putty ahead of him. I have started painting his head though. I just don't have a pic at the moment.

Model Gallery / Re: Deunan Knute
« on: May 12, 2009, 07:36:26 PM »
For some reason, the shadows didn't show up in the pics. I'm going to mess with it tomorrow and fix the problem. I think the pastels were a little too close to the base color and the flash knocked it out.

I'm going to fix it up and post new pics as soon as I can.

EDIT: I found the problem, I didn't noice when I was taking pics, but the flat coat I used killed the shadow. :pirate: It will be fixed soon. :pirate: :pirate: :pirate2:

Model Gallery / Deunan Knute
« on: May 12, 2009, 07:02:46 PM »
Well, part of my 3 kit thread of insanity is done. Today, I present Deunan Knute. Everything was handpainted apart from the blue base and the flesh.

The base isn't the greatest thing in the world, but that's because I didn't feel like spending a whole lot of time on something that's only temporary. I plan on getting a Briarieos one day and having them both on the same base when that day comes.


Model In-Progress / Re: Ultimate WIP: 3 figures at once!
« on: May 11, 2009, 11:08:52 PM »
Moving right along.

I'm a little tired of putty and sanding at the moment, so I've started painting parts that I know for sure are done and ready for paint. I primed Alucard's head, hands and boots along with Alexander's and Deunan's heads.

Alexander and Deunan were given my basic anime flesh tone while Alucard received a paler version. All I did was add a lot of white to the mix. I also painted Deunan's body medium blue.

I also started the detailing on Deunan. I'm giving all the areas that will be dark grey a black basecoat. I haven't finished applying all the black yet and I still need to do a few touchups in areas that are finished, but she's coming along nicely. Once I get all the black down, I'll be able to start the shading and weathering.

Also, I decided against the inverted cross on Alucard's chair in favor of a pentagram. I carved it into the bare resin so it has a chiseled appearance. It's kinda hard to see in the pic though.

Model In-Progress / Re: Ultimate WIP: 3 figures at once!
« on: May 10, 2009, 07:45:53 PM »
There's 1 Deunan left at E2046 GlauG. If you want her, you better act soon.

Who sculpted Alucard? I know like nothing about the kit. I know there's an Alucard with book and an Integra that all have the same chair, but I don't know much else apart from that. I'm assuming the chair means they all had the same sculptor. Whoever made it though, did a beautiful job.

Now that my final is over, I can focus on these more. I figured out why the Alucard's I've seen don't have the shoulder seams done. The arms are going to make him a pain in the neck to paint properly, but I demand seamless shoulders! The waist wasn't as bad as I thought. Once he's in the chair, almost everything from the seam is hidden. I took care of what was visible and left it at that.

I've also started on the bases. I spread out plaster onto the bases that were for both Alexander and Alucard, but Alucard's base warped to the point of being unusable. :meh: I need to go to the craft store now. Since Alexander's base was still in good shape, I drew and carved in all the lines to make cobble stone. I used a wire brush to rough it all up afterwards. It came out pretty good. I used a series of greys over a black base followed by some black ink to do the lines. I was tempted to make it a little more real, but this is for an anime figure, so the current amount of detail is perfect for what I need. The streak on the stone was an error that is covered by Alexander's foot.

Capitalism Corner* / Re: Shirts and Sh--
« on: May 10, 2009, 02:43:05 PM »
Wow! That's a lot of different shirts to choose from. I'll try to place my order sometime this week.

Also, I'd go for that group shirt with all the robots as well.

Model Talk / Re: What's your holy grail
« on: May 10, 2009, 10:26:24 AM »
This is my grail:

Once Botcon is over and my funds are better, I'm going to place my preorder. The original kit is so freakin rare that the recast is pretty much my only option.

My other grail is the 1/8 Alucard by Wave. I may actually be getting one soon.

Capitalism Corner* / Re: Shirts and Sh--
« on: May 08, 2009, 05:00:41 PM »
The dead hamster?

I'll buy one! (Seriously, I would)

Dioramas / Re: Cobblestone help
« on: May 08, 2009, 04:29:00 PM »
Awesome. A big thanks for everyones help.

I gashed my thumb open so it's kinda hard to do much for building, but I'll experiment and try to have something to show next Saturday.

Dioramas / Re: Cobblestone help
« on: May 08, 2009, 01:03:54 PM »
 :doh: I completely forgot about the lighthouse and that was one of your builds that I followed closely.

I've got the plaster. Now I just need to construct a decent mold. Do you remember what kind of inks and acrylics you used?

I would try the split peas, but I'd rather not risk it rotting. While 20 years is pretty good, I don't want to wake up one day in the future and have to redo the base.

Dioramas / Cobblestone help
« on: May 08, 2009, 11:31:01 AM »
I'm working on a couple of figures that are within the 1/10-1/8 scale range and I want to make the groundwork for their bases look like cobblestone. The problem is that I can find anything on the net where anyone has actually tried to do cobblestone. I know you can buy resin cobblestone streets, but those won't do me a whole lot of good since I'm using those small wood bases from Michaels.

Has anyone here tried building cobblestone or knows of something that would work?

Model In-Progress / Re: Ultimate WIP: 3 figures at once!
« on: May 06, 2009, 10:35:03 PM »
If anyone is wondering how I manage to get so much done while studying for a final it's because I don't really build during the day. I'm a bit of a night owl and I do my best work between 11:30 and 2:00 AM.

As you can see in the first pic, I've got a fair number of the parts pinned and a lot of putty action going on. Alexander needed more than just Aves so I broke out the Mr. Putty. I sanded it down after a couple hours of drying.

I've also started Alucards head. His hair was in 3 pieces and thankfully didn't require a whole lot of sanding. The big unforseen problem came when I test fitted the hat. There was a noticeably large gap between his head and the hat so that's why you see all the putty on top of his cranium. I need to do a little more sanding there, but the head looks pretty good now. His legs and boots came together quite nicely. I had to fill the bottoms of the botts with superglue, but that was it.

I've also started priming parts. I did this because unlike my first 2 GKs, Alucard and Alexander have seams that can only be taken care of once the seams below them are done. I'm also going to blend in the ridges on Alucard's shoulders so they look more natural which I why I need to sand out the waist seam first.

Alexander still needs some more sanding apart from what's already done in the pic, but he's coming along nicely.

Deunan is almost ready for paint. There are a couple areas here and there that I'm can fix pretty quick with some superglue spot filling, but other than that, she's good to go.

I was staring at Alucard's chair and found it to be pretty bare. I looked at the finished kit image that came with the kit and while I don't like how they painted it, I did like the idea of a cross. With Alucard being a demonic creature though, I decided to invert the cross. It's taped on as I need to do some more sanding, but I wanted to see how it would look.

Model In-Progress / Re: Ultimate WIP: 3 figures at once!
« on: May 05, 2009, 08:46:32 PM »
I got a good bit done today. I sanded out most of the rough areas and have the seams on Deunan's legs taken care of. The only real problem I had with the legs was getting them aligned and fitted properly to stand straight when glued to the torso. It took some creative pinning, but once I got them straight the putty work was easy. Also, it's not pictured, but I applied putty to the right arm to fill in the gap. That still needs some sanding. She should be ready for the first coat of primer by Thursday.

I was planning on starting Alexander today, but I had a little too much to do to get ready for my final. Instead, I started on Alucard's chair. So far, I got all the uneven areas sanded down and I have the sides glued in. I have to shave off some excess, but that's not much of an issue. I can't put the seat in yet as I need to have Alucard's body assembled so I can see how low I need it to be.

Lastly, I've picked out Deunan's colors. I'm thinking about using a medium blue for the body and I want to pick out the armour details with a dark grey. I wanted to paint her armour as I saw it in the first Appleseed movie so I think those will be good colors for the armour. I'm going for a 80's/modern blend here so if anyone has any suggestions then feel free to let me know.

Model In-Progress / Re: Ultimate WIP: 3 figures at once!
« on: May 04, 2009, 11:11:28 PM »
Wow! I didn't know that. I was at an anime store the other day that had some Hobbyfan recasts and they looked like crap compared to what I get from E2046. That's strange they both use the same supplier.

Figures definitely are fun. I don't know why, but they're strangely addictive. I have plans for a C.C. after this if I can get some more money that won't interfere with my Botcon funds.

I've made some progress on Deunan over the past couple hours inbetween math review work.

I'd like to thank FF for doing a detailed explanation on how he fixed his guns. While my gun holsters were pretty bad, they're weren't anything like what FF's were. I shaved off everything that wasn't related to the guns and filled in the low areas on the legs. From there, I was able to resculpt the leg details and make the guns look good.

I've also got most of the pins set in place. All that's left to do to Deunan before primer are a few pin holes and I need to add some putty to fill in the small gaps where the legs and arms meet the torso. Overall, the easiest GK I've done so far. ^_^

The only real problem with the kit is the gate mark on the head, but it's just a matter of sanding it down and smoothing the area out.

I'm going to start work on Alexander tomorrow while I wait for putty to dry on Deunan.

Model In-Progress / Re: Ultimate WIP: 3 figures at once!
« on: May 04, 2009, 07:34:10 PM »
I'm not out of school just yet. Brief Cal's got me very worried. It's one frikkin hard course.

As long as you don't plan on reenacting some creepy crossover fanfiction...

AHHH!!! I've been found out :pirate: :razz:

Nah, fan fiction isn't my thing. On top of that, the 2 animes don't relate to each other at all. Deunan is just the oddball of the group. Now if I can only find a Briarieos...

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