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Mecha & Other Figures / Imperial Girl
« on: February 14, 2015, 07:25:18 PM »
Just some pics of a figure I threw together over the last couple days.  I like it a lot, so I have plans to continue with it.  Paint, line and all that good stuff.

Flight Data - GB Archive / Grunt Build #7 - Can I grab a lift mate?
« on: October 14, 2014, 08:27:09 AM »

01/11/14 TO 25/01/15

We are up to our seventh Grunt Build and it's time to up the anti. This build is open to ALL TIME LINES AND SCALES but as always only to Grunt MS. See 2B & C for what is considered a Grunt MS.

The concept for this grunt build is to show your grunt getting to or from the battle field.  Massive machines of militarised mayhem do not simply walk, they are transported.  This build is about showing your suit getting there.  It was be riding a mobile armour, it may be on a truck trailer, whatever you can some up with. Amended 15/10/14:  Flight packs such as the Aile Striker, the G-Defenser for the MkII or any other add on backpack style unit is not considered transport for this build. You can however use those units to create your own ride on transport if you are entering Open.

There will only be two categories for this build as I think we've come far enough over the last 6 to do away with the snap fit side.

Now for the boring stuff.

Anything goes. Any scale, any mods, any material. The only restrictions are how the model is presented which are mentioned below at 4 in the build guidelines.

This category allows for the replacement of kit parts with aftermarket detail parts. For example you can replace the kit nozzles with metal or plastic aftermarket nozzles but you cannot add additional nozzles. Kit weapons can be replaced with aftermarket/other kit weapons but you cannot add additional weapons. Small additions such as extra armour, comms gear etc are allowed but any radical departure from the original kit such as substituting back packs, heads or limbs is not allowed UNLESS the theme calls for it. Additional decals and markings are allowed as is painting and weathering. Putty can be used to fill gaps but not to reshape.

Please note: to stay within the spirit of Enhanced OOB it will be restricted to 1/144 kits for this build. Reason being, there are quite a number of 1/144 scale transports available OOB and very few 1/100. Same restrictions apply to the transport as apply to the mobile suit.

Here is a list of suggested transports for an OOB build:
The G-Fighter from HGUC 050
The Flying Armor from HGUC 053
Fuunsaiki from HGFC 128
Base Jabber HGUC 144
Type 89 Base Jabber HGUC 158
Meteor Hopper HGBC 04
The Launch from Gundam The Ride
Gundam Trailer EX01
Dodai II EX02
Gunperry EX09
Samson Trailer EX29
There are also a number of older versions of the above mentioned kits.

Build duration
The build will run for 2 1/2 months starting 0800 Saturday 1 November 2014 and ending 2000 Sunday 25 January 2015.
The finish time is just that, the finish time. No extensions will be allowed. If you have a slow internet connection then make allowances for it.

Now on to the details. (Please note that some items mentioned may or may not be applicable to your chosen category. If in doubt ask.)

1. All GAF Grunt Builds are open to any forum member.

2. Kit requirements.
A] First and foremost the entry must be based on a Bandai or B-Club kit. Resin conversions from B-Club are also allowed. Limited non genuine plastic, metal or resin parts such as weapons, heads, hands, shields, nozzles or other small parts are allowed. If in doubt ask. Scratch building is allowed (Open only) as are the use of any type of decals (Bandaiís selection of decals is limited at best and some are very hard to locate these days). As there are a multitude of pirated B-Club kits around these days if you plan on using B-Club parts or kits please include a picture of the box top in your WIP.

B] As this a Grunt Build no custom MS are allowed. Any suit with Custom, Customise, Prototype, Experimental, Psycomm, Psycho, any reference to Newtype or Commander Type in the name, description or kit instructions are not eligible as a base kit. These kits share common parts with the grunt versions and those parts can be used. For example Char's MS-06S shares many parts with a standard MS-06 such as the Zaku Machinegun, Heat Hawk and most of the basic body work but you cannot use the parts that are specific to the 06S such as the lower leg thrusters and armour or the back pack. If you wish to give your MS those sort of things you must modify the standard parts to achieve it. Specific build requirements may from time to time over-ride this section but as a rule of thumb no custom MS base kits will be allowed.

Update 29/5/13: For 00, all Celestial Being MS are out as is any personalised MS such as the Tieren Taozi for example.
Update 2/2/14: Build Fighter kits are all customs and as such are not eligible but you may use any of the HG Build Custom sets.

C] To keep things simple if the MS is referred to as Custom, Customise, Prototype, Experimental, Psycomm, Psycho, any reference to Newtype or Commander Type in the kit description, instructions or primary timeline that's what it is regardless of what it is called in any side story or game. One MS requires specific mention as it has come up in all previous builds. The MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom is sufficiently modified from the base Gouf to be considered a custom even though it's description alludes otherwise.

Update 29/5/13: Recent research tends to support the Gouf Custom is more common than it first appeared so even though the name is misleading it will now be accepted as a Grunt Suit. Same goes for the Gouf Flight in light of the recent short film released with the 08MS Team Bluray.

3. Entry requirements.
A] To be considered an entrant you must post at least one photo in the appropriate Grunt Build topic sometime between the start & finish times. The photo must show the kit before any work is done and it must show the date it was taken in some way. Please do not start a separate topic for your WIP, make all WIP posts in the main Build topic.

B] Please make sure you understand and accept the following (overseas members especially); unfortunately due to the ridiculous prices Auspost charges for postage, a condition of entry is that if you are skilful enough to pull off a victory you accept that you will pay half the postage costs or make other arrangements to collect your prize. The winners will be notified of the cost and payment details ASAP after the results have been announced. Prizes will not be sent until payment has been received. The only time this will be waived is if the prize sponsor agrees to pick up the postage costs.

4. Presentation of finished entries.
A] Once you have finished your entry please start a new topic in Field Training titled Grunt Build #6 plus the name of your entry or kit. Once judging has been completed it will be moved to The Catapult. Finished kits can be presented as stand alone figures or in a vignette (no full blown dioramas). Stands may be used to display the figure. There are some good Bandai stands around but there are also pretty good stands from other manufacturers as well. As an example of a stand you could use the Zeon or Federation Bandai action base. If you wish to do a small scene (vignette) you could for example use the Kotobukiya Chain Bases to depict repairs or re-arming. If you are going to do a vignette just remember they are only intended to be a small scene that complements the centre piece. No Cecil B DeMill productions of Ben Hur. For example if you choose to use a chain base then make it only one panel wide by one panel high.

B] As the finished entry will be judged from photographs please follow these guidelines. This is not a photography contest so no Photoshop trickery will be tolerated. You may resize and colour correct and that is it. No fancy titles, names, fades, light effects on weapons, lens trickery to hide a poorly made model, nothing! Please photograph the model against a plain background as to prevent the background from distracting from the model and crop the picture as close as possible to eliminate any unwanted background. If you wish to present your model AFTER the judging has been completed with a bit of photo trickery thatís fine but if any shopping is detected in photos submitted for judging apart for what was mentioned above then the entry will not be judged. Also do not include any props in the photos that are not part of your finished entry. As a minimum requirement you must submit 4 shots of your finished model; front, back, left & right sides. Ideal picture size is somewhere around 1200x900 pixels. Do not submit pictures that require going to another web site. You may use the forum's additional options to attach your pictures to your topic if you like. if you use this option your pictures CANNOT be any bigger than 1200x1200 as there is a risk of crashing the topic with bigger pictures. If you submit poor quality pictures you will be asked once to provide better ones. If you do not then don't expect to do well. Feel free to highlight any mods, assembly or painted effects you have done with extra close ups. The more pictures (to a point  :)) the merrier. Remember the judges only have your pictures to go by. Poor pictures mean poor results.

5. Dates & Times.
As this is an Australian forum all times and dates are AEDT for the start and AEDT for the finish. There are plenty of web sites that can convert them to whatever time it is in any other country.

6. Prize allocation.
Each category must have at least two finishers to be eligible for prizes (no auto winners). If you are the only finisher in your category your entry will be bumped up to the next highest category with the required amount of finishers. If this happens allowances will be made when judging.

And now the part you've all been waiting for, THE PRIZES!

OOB PRIZES    HGBF Zaku Amazing, HGBF Sengoku Astray and HGBF Crossbone Maoh.  Winner gets to pick one, second place can pick from what is left and third gets the remaining kit.

OPEN PRIZES    HGTB Zaku Big Gun, HGBF Quibly Papillion and HGUC ZZ Zeta.  Winner gets to pick one, second place can pick from what is left and third gets the remaining kit.

Good luck and remember get the basics right and get your suit to the battle before all the easy kills are taken.

(Yes I have shamelessly ripped off Gunny's previous GB posts)

And yes I corrected it to get rid of the references to the last build  :P :P :P

Mobile Suit Hangar / Epi's Geara Doga
« on: July 06, 2014, 04:24:42 PM »
This is my Geara Doga.  Nothing super special.  Painted with out of the bottle Mr Hobby acrylics.  Thrusters have been painted but are not on yet because they are still curing.  Not happy with this picture.  I'll take some new ones.

Mechachat / Are you Scoping my Dog?
« on: June 23, 2014, 11:36:58 AM »
I was looking at my manual for my Scopedog this weekend and have a question about paint schemes.  Can anyone enlighten me on the red and yellow scheme in the middle of this page?

Officer's Bulletin / RG Titan's Mk II Markings
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:23:10 PM »

So my Japanese is kind of rudimentary and I am trying to work out what a set of characters says.  I have attached the page from the manual.  Basically I am putting the markings on my RG and wanted to work out which should be put on.  I know the first two are Ka and Ra (I think) but after that I am lost.

The Catapult / Sazabi DOMinator
« on: March 23, 2014, 05:48:43 PM »
This is my completed Gauntlet build.  As i said over there I am happy with it, although there are mistakes and issues all over it.  It is the best build I have done to date and I am happy with it.

Engineering Corps / Mr Hobby Aqueous and Water Slides
« on: March 03, 2014, 10:29:25 AM »
I have read that, once dry, Mr Hobby aqueous is water proof.  Does that mean that I should have no issues applying waterslides directly to the painted surface provided I used gloss paints?

Engineering Corps / Mr Metallic GX
« on: February 08, 2014, 08:53:00 AM »
I got some Mr Metallic GX here and I am super confused.  I have tried my google-fu but had no luck.  What thinner do i use for this stuff.  It is this

Engineering Corps / Sazabi ver Ka Energy Tubes
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:25:02 AM »
I have had no experience with energy tube after market parts.  Does anyone know what size is the one for the Sazabi ver Ka's tubes (the ones around the middle)?

The Catapult / Yet Another Epi Ball (AKA I fail at time management)
« on: November 16, 2013, 08:15:36 AM »
So I planned to enter the Imagineer's Playground at Supanova, but didn't get this finished in time.  Posting here now.  I was going for a colour scheme based upon a popular comic-book figure.  There were some masking issues with the small ports in the side.  I used blu-tak to cover them while I painted, but I had issues getting all the tiny pieces off, and I scratched some of the paint getting it off.

All in all I think this is probably an improvement over the last Ball.

Engineering Corps / MG Unicorn question
« on: September 26, 2013, 01:52:21 PM »
I have started building an MG Unicorn.  So far I have the torso done, but there is something I am puzzling over.  There is a seam running vertically down the sides of the torso into the arm peg from above and below.  It is a weird area and I am wondering about fixing the seam.  I found a picture online, it isn't my kit and it isn't the best illustration of what I mean, but if you look you will see the seam I mean.

Engineering Corps / MG Jesta Diorama Build Up
« on: September 18, 2013, 01:25:13 PM »

The Catapult / Grunt Build #5 - Ball Medic
« on: August 26, 2013, 04:27:11 PM »
This is my RB-79 Ball that has been field re-purposed as a medic.  I had a lot more than this planned, but again I let myself down :(  I had this looking very nice and then it came time to paint the medic markings.  this did not go so well, so I weathered a little (or a lot).  No special techniques used here Gunny, just some paint and I removed the weapon because medics do not traditionally carry weapons.  I think these photos are better than my Loto last time, so hope these are good.

C & C welcome, I will listen to your advice, I promise :)

Mecha WIP's / Bandai 1/72 VF-01
« on: July 13, 2013, 09:47:14 AM »
Hey.  just thought I would post a couple of pics of the valk.  I started it yesterday, it is fairly rough.  I have yet to clean up the panel wash and still have a metric ton of wash to go.

Mod edit: just moved topic to right place  :)

Mobile Suit Hangar / Epi's V-Dash
« on: April 27, 2013, 02:42:35 PM »
Working on this V-Dash.  Here it is on display stand.  the stand needs work as it doesn't hold them up for long.  I'll play around and see what I can come up with.  Anyway.  Pic below.

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