Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Astray Red Frame: Session 5 & 6

Session 5 finished up where I left off, which were the arms that I was working on.  But the amount of work and effort that went into finishing the arms took up an entire session alone.  The main time consumer were the hands themselves.  Aside from clipping the pieces off and then sanding down the excess plastics, to get the more accurate appearance, I have opted to do some minor painting using the Gundam Markers as a source.  I then realized that this is much more difficult than it seems, due to the fact that the pieces were small to begin with and that physics tend to get in the way of making clean paint on the fingers.  This may end up being rectified later on by adding in red paint or removing the extra white residue that overflowed.  But for some of the pieces, they turned out pretty well and I managed to get one perfect paint job done on a piece to say the least.  Stability is a bit of a tricky issue as I do not have the equipment on hand to really keep the piece steady as I navigate the marker around it.  I personally do not know how mess it could have become if I was using this or the traditional method of coloring.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Astray Red Frame: Session 4

I think it's more appropriate to indicate each run as a session rather than a day.  After all, I may have multiple sessions in a single day, provided that I was able to do it in the first place.

As part of assembling the arms, I have managed to assembled most of what's needed but the arms are incomplete at this time.  This is due to inking the panel lines, some of which I now realize that I should have done first prior to piecing them together.  But it appears that nothing much was lost by having the assembled arms, I was able to ink most of the visible details with the markers when looking at the photograph on the back of the manual.  So far, so good.  But I am finding that some of the areas to be really tight for the marker to get to.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Astray Red Frame: Day 3

So where was Day 1 and Day 2?  I didn't bother to make a post for it.

On Wednesday, I started assembly of the Gundam Astray Red Frame Kai.  The first order of business is to make sure that I got all the parts and that nothing was somehow missing.  After looking over the parts, I started looking to see where one parts are so I can start the assembly.  The first major component is the body, which took me about 2 sessions to complete.  Some of the parts were really hard to put together and it makes me wonder if they are meant to be that tight-fitting.  But if it means that the parts are going to stay that way for a long time, then this is something I am willing to live with.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tumbling Down The Gundam Hole

I seem to be tumbling down the world of model kits, Gundam models in particular.  I do not know why but my 3rd Gundam model has just arrived via EMS/USPS.  It isn't large and it's actually a small sized box compared to other Master Grade models that I've seen.  But perhaps the biggest reason for its small size is due to the fact that it is based on an old Gundam design, which does not have some of the fancier extra equipment seen in later iterations and versions of Gundam.  The RX-79(G) is a special Gundam suited for ground-based warfare.  Gundams are normally machines used in space.  At least most of them are.  The 'Groundtype' RX-79 is one model above the original Gundam which is the RX-78 model.  However, the difference between the two is minimal and some necessary changes were needed for the RX-79 to be usable on ground warfare.  Heavy weapons and additional armor or equipment cannot be used nor brought forth due to its weight and necessity to transport them.  So all of the groundtype Gundams carry some minimal armaments and weapons in order to maximize mobility and lessen the impact of being detected by enemies.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Another One

So another Gundam model has arrived at my doorstep.  This time, it's the Gundam Astray Red Frame from the Gundam Seed universe.  The box itself is quite impressive but the content and the details are even more amazing.  Like Sword Impulse before it, there are a lot of parts.  And it appears that the model comes with a support base to help with the overwhelming weight of one of the equipment.  This will be quite interesting when I pair it up with the display base that I got for Sword Impulse Gundam earlier.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Bad Company 2: Single Experience

Having played Battlefield 2, 2142, and the first Bad Company, I have some bit of knowledge as to what I am getting myself into.  Knowing the Battlefield series, I know that the focus is going to be mainly on the multiplayer aspect rather than the single player.  Despite that, I will try to review the single player aspect of the game to the best of my ability.  This is not intended to be the be-all-end-all review.  I also do not have known recognition or the kind of reputation that people would know and trust.  This is just a fan and gamer's review of the game itself.  Why?

Monday, March 01, 2010

Well Played, Canada

It was the rematch.  And again, it was Super Hockey Sunday.  Previously, in a preliminary round, Team USA on men's hockey managed to beat Team Canada on their home turf.  Seems like a sign that Team USA could win the gold, right?  Not really.  Canada bounced back and made it all the way to the Gold Medal finals, where they faced, again, Team USA.