In keeping with last month’s pattern, here’s my Gatling Fox Youtube review on the last day of the month. Or, you know, the decade, if you’re not into the whole math thing. Anyway, aside from the fact that I haven’t been particularly good about writing something at least once a month lately, I also think I’m going to lose the archive widget in the sidebar soon – it’s gone from “easy access” to “kind of unwieldy” because this blog has lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. Anyway, here’s the Gatling Wrooff. It’s like Hunter Wrooff, just a bit less shitty.
My run of posting a video every week kind of fizzled out at the end because of the whole COPPA fiasco, and I actually still have yet to produce any proper content about my Maschinen Krieger competition build, but, um, anyway, here are some recent Zoids videos, mostly because I almost let November go by without posting anything here, and you know the rules.
This build is more or less finished, and like an idiot, I didn’t take pictures during the kitbashing/scratchbuilding part, so I guess I’ll just show you guys the Youtube video. The one thing left to do is to build a small display base for it, and then we’ll do a proper photo gallery and I’ll talk about it a bit more on here as well. For now, I’ll just say that this is easily my favorite thing that I’ve made.
Just two Youtube videos today – I’m working on a longer blog for my most recent Maschinen Krieger build, and I’ll have a big, fat update about the Berserk Fuhrer soon. In fact, I’m spraying the final topcoat on that sumbitch tonight.
Well, looks like I’m actually making progress on this guy. In fact, the BF kit is finished, which means two things: that the hard part is next, and that it’s time to post some WIP pics.
Basically what was left to do after the last update was the weathering, and since I didn’t want to go too crazy with that, I decided to just do the same thing as on the PG Strike, so just some chipping, streaking and some heat marks around vents.
The process started with the chipping, which I did with my usual method of running a small brush along the edges of the armor with Tamiya Gun Metal, followed by adding a few rusty spots. I used Citadel Mournfang Brown this time, but just because I finally ran out of my trusty Gunze Rust (which I’ve since restocked, and now I can sleep again.) This was really easy to do on this kit, obviously, because of all the sharp edges, so it was twice as important not to go overboard.
It’s kind of funny to me – if you look up close at how much chipping I did, it’s not very much, but it adds up to a pretty battle-worn look. This is why it was important to get all the armor parts on the kit before I did the chipping. What you’re seeing when you’re looking at individual parts always gives you the wrong impression.
After the chipping, I did the rust streaking that you can also see in the pictures above. This was just a simple combination of Vallejo’s Streaking Grime first, followed by Light Rust. The Streaking Grime is this greenish color that you sometimes see on rust streaks in the real world, and combined with the Light Rust, it produced a fairly realistic look. I’m a bit torn on doing the streaking with water-based acrylics in general, though. I find that oil paints work much better for most weathering effects, but I also don’t know that I could create streaks this thin with oil paints, so… I dunno. Just something I’m mulling over at the moment.
The final weathering step was the heat streaks, which I did with Tamiya Flat Black, as usual.
Also more or less as usual, this grill is a combination of gloss and matte, achieved this time by painting and topcoating the grill piece separately, then stippling the black on it without topcoating again.
And that concluded the weathering, so it was time for a gloss coat and a gunk wash. Continuing the general theme of “business as usual”, I used Abteilung 502’s Starship Filth for this.
I’m a bit ambivalent about gunk washes these days. I love the effect they produce and like basically everyone else, I have an unhealthy romantic relationship with Starship Filth, but as easy as a gunk wash is to do, it’s also boring and time consuming even if you don’t take into account that it takes literally almost a week to dry.
Anyway, here’s the rest of my pictures.
I’m really happy with how this thing came out. The various layers of shading and weathering combine into exactly the look I was going for, and if you do any kind of modeling yourself, you know that’s rare. It was all very controlled and purposeful, none of those not-so-happy accidents where you go, well, it looks ok, but that wasn’t what I was going for.
Of course that’s also because I just stuck to my guns with this one – every technique I’ve used so far is something I’ve done before plenty of times, so I knew it was going to work. And I’m okay with that because I’m not done yet. Next is going to be kitbashing that weapons array for the back, as you may remember from the previous blog, and that’s way beyond any kind of modification I’ve ever done before.
So if you’ll excuse me, there’s a stack of pla plate and greeblies on my workbench that I need to go to work on. In the meantime, here’s the Youtube version of this post.
I was going to act like a real Youtuber and withhold this one for a week so I’ve got something resembling a regular output for once, but I can’t stop fiddling with the stupid video, so I decided to just, y’know, get it out of my system. So here it is. The very exciting and great Beast Liger which I’m greatly excited about because I really like Liger Zoids.
Man, these Zoids Wild kits just keep coming. Takara Tomy seems to be doing kind of a soft reboot of the anime titled “Zoids Zero” that nudges everything a bit more towards the look and feel of the classic models, with more mechanical designs and… actual guns you guys, and it all starts with the Cannon Bull.
I did my usual Youtube unboxing and review for this one, but if you can’t be bothered to watch that, the short version is basically that this is my new favorite ZW kit, and it’s awesome, and you should get one.