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Author Topic: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse  (Read 117659 times)

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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #525 on: September 01, 2011, 04:48:27 PM »

Excellent video, GG, fitting for the masterpiece!

Damn Buster, you better call that thing the Musha Strike Freedom, because it's one bad ass Dynasty Warrior!
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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #526 on: September 02, 2011, 12:02:00 AM »

Shaid: Amazing!!! I'm very surprised the wings go so well with sf.. thats what i called creativity! which im so lacking lol.
 Really like how u remove the beam in the middle and have the cover. I wasnt a big fan of the beam but just not creative enuf to do something about it. Kinda like alien anus hehehe

Buster: love the shading !! can i borrow ur shinny swords pls  ;D



 
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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #527 on: September 02, 2011, 07:16:17 AM »

Well done guys, this is a masterpiece of a thread/GB. Will revisit this page by page again when I have time just 'cause. :D
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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #528 on: September 02, 2011, 07:15:30 PM »

What a hell of a ride! Some amazing results from all finishers. I'm truly humbled to have been involved in a small way.

Congratulations, Gauntlet Bearers. You have done the Gauntlet, yourselves, and the essence of the Sinanju Group Build Project proud.

It is a tremendous honour for me to witness the culmination of this event.

I only wish I had the time to be more involved.

I look forward to offering my perspective on each of these builds when I can find the time to make a closing Gauntlet post for the blog.

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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #529 on: September 04, 2011, 03:05:56 PM »

Proper gallery/catapult post:
http://gundamaustralia.com/forum/index.php?topic=1968

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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #530 on: September 05, 2011, 04:12:31 AM »

Proper gallery/catapult post:
http://gundamaustralia.com/forum/index.php?topic=1968

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The new one isn't too bad...*coughcough*
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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #531 on: September 05, 2011, 12:58:56 PM »

To celebrate and help spread the message conveyed by syd(gaijin gunpla's) courage build i put together this here wallpaper in many sizes so (if you like it) set it as the wallpaper of every device you have and feel free to share it and of course the build with everyone you know, coz its a message and build i think everyone should see ;)



Full HD 16:9
16:10 Resolution
4:3 Resolution
5:4 Resolution
1024x600 - General Netbook Res
960x800 - General Adroid Res
960x640 - General iPhone Res


If any other gauntleteers would like a wallpaper it could be done :P
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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #532 on: September 05, 2011, 03:24:03 PM »

Really nice effect in the background. Awesome, Fury.
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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #533 on: September 05, 2011, 05:57:19 PM »

Not ignoring what everyone said but like Sonar I'll need a bit of time to reply as well.  Looking forward to catching up!

I will be posting the same message on my blog and at GAF as well just so that everyone is on the same page.

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Time for the text wall.

An overdue post but a necessary one.  I put off writing it until I had the time to do so.  My life became a lot busier on the last day of August with new job orientation and starting work the very next day on Sept.1.  Couple that with plans for the long weekend and you have me out of commission for a while.

I want to thank all of you for your patience.  I know I haven’t been much of a leader for this as I don’t post nearly as much as some others do but I have to admit that this GB has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience even though I left everything for the last minute and severely under estimated the amount of time it would take.

I tried a lot of new techniques on this build.  Namely all the masking work using tape and masking solution (which worked surprisingly well). 
This was also the first time that I tried using a gradient paint scheme and also doing some mods with pla-plate to reshape and essentiallyshorten a few select pieces.

I enjoyed tackling such a huge project and I will be the first to admit that I’m quite pleased with the end result… while at the same time admitting that there is still a lot of work left to be done on this to get it to my own personal standard of excellence in gunpla! Haha.  Still though I count this as completed as the essential parts are done.  It’s definitely battle ready.

However I must admit, if I am to be strict to the rules, I failed this test.  I didn't complete everything.  Some touch ups need to be done, I didn't do enough decals, and finally as complete assembly approached I decided to repaint some sections and change the scheme.  So I have to say... to be honest with myself and to take responsibility as leader, I'm not sure if my Gundam should be in the same ranks as the others.  But since this is my show I'm giving myself a PASS because of one thing alone.  The feeling of PURE satisfaction I felt when it was totally assembled and ready to sortie!  This is why I make models!  That feeling!  Pride?  Maybe.  But that is something that all of us as modellers earn and can own!  I'll will own that.  There's nothing wrong with taking pride in your work!  *okay need to relax. getting too excited*

There’s so much to say so I should probably just break it up into sections of what I’d like to address:

1.       The GB itself and how it started.
2.       The participants and what they’ve made
3.       The concept of “Theta +” / Design notes – Original concept / “The Gauntlet”
4.       Connection with Strike and Red Frame
5.       Technical issues of the build process and the kit itself
6.       Final comments

I will respond to each of these things in time.  Call me verbose but you don’t have to read it.  I, on the other hand, feel compelled to write about it since this blog is a chronicle of my experiences with this hobby.  If I don’t mention it here it will never be mentioned at all.  Let it rest in the digital archives.

I know that over time enthusiasm for projects can diminish quite quickly.  I’m sure a lot of us are eager to jump into our new projects.  I know lupes is already hard at work on the PG Wing and Gaigun is working on any number of kits simultaneously… it’s hard to know what he’s going to focus his attention on next!  ASM will probably be concentrating on his new son.  We certainly did miss his presence in this GB but seriously… priorities.

Anyway this whole GB started in early May with me coming home after a night of drinking and looking on the internet at lupes PG Strike Freedom.  I remembered talking to ASM and Gaigun about ours a couple of months earlier when we’d met in January and it got me to thinking about the Sinanju GB that we did during the “Evil Cow” days.  So I sent a message to all of them + Sonar at GAF asking what they thought and low and behold here we are now.  Sonar brought a tremendous amount of talent and resources to table.  Not to mention the forum itself!  A key player in all of these so major props to you brother!

Now for those of you who may be wondering what this whole Apocalypse thing is, it started last year when myself, ASM, GaiGun and Gundam Guy all went to see the 1/1 Gundam together in Shizuoka.  I can’t remember who coined the phrase (GaiGun I think) but it stuck.  That said GG has never done a GB with us but lupes has so he becomes the fourth in that situation I guess.  I liken it to Voltron when Lance had to step out of being pilot for the Red Lion and Sven came in.  At least I think that’s how it went! haha

Anyway, ASM commented on how I threw down the gauntlet to all of them and somehow we started joking about the Gauntlet of the Apocalypse and there you have it.  Humble beginnings… but I’m so extremely proud of what it’s become, with the banners and the videos and the support and so many others jumping in and building along with us.  Your names will never be forgotten except for… what’s his name again?  You know… that guy.  That did the thing?  :)

I thought that having a deadline would be important because if it was left open ended who knows when we’d finish.  Motivation can be lost, people can get side tracked.  Life happens.  It happened to some of us during the process of this GB and some had to bow out because of it.  A mixture of happy and sad news... My issues weren’t familial but more concerned with my career.  Still though I managed to push through it and make the time to get it done.  Because of the deadline and when I actually committed myself to working on the PGSF steadily… I was basically forced to streamline my build process.  I became a lot more efficient and by the end of it, doing a full Perfect Grade kit with paint job seems like something I can manage relatively well now.  This was my first time to ever try and complete such a task.  And I’m proud of that and the results so I’m glad that this GB gave me that experience and consequent skill upgrade.  The lesson I learned from that was; “Intimidating tasks can be overcome with steady progress.”

Anyway, even though this GB is officially over, I’d like to leave this topic open for future modellers who wish to try their hand at the PGSF or to any of the participants who completed it but may eventually feel the need to go back and do some touch ups later.  Just because the deadline has passed doesn’t mean that we have to stop learning from each other or helping others who come in late.  So now I’d like to openly invite ANYONE who has ever finished a PGSF or is working on one to post their work in the topic at GAF so we can all help each other and see what type of creativity is out there.  I’d love to see some more custom schemes.  If this topic is any indication I’m sure there are still some great ones out there waiting to be discovered.  Or created.

I’ll just leave it there for now… I’m a completionist so I do intend on mentioning all the things above in due course but I know how intimidating a giant wall of text can be so… like I’m building a model it will be done in incremental steps until it’s all finished.
Thanks again everyone.  None of this would have been possible without you.  You are all key players in this and I thank you all for your time, support, dedication and enthusiasm!

Finished but we move ever onward!

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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #534 on: September 05, 2011, 05:58:56 PM »

oh **** when did I get promoted?!  I only had a 3 star rank before.  Nice!
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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #535 on: September 05, 2011, 08:33:36 PM »

Your names will never be forgotten except for… what’s his name again?  You know… that guy.  That did the thing?  :)
Oh my god he's talking about ME! I do things all the time. Obviously it's me. Unless it's, uh, that guy. That did the other thing. >_>

Your groupbuild got me back into gunpla after a three year hiatus, BB. Mad props. <3

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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #536 on: September 06, 2011, 04:30:31 AM »

oh **** when did I get promoted?!  I only had a 3 star rank before.  Nice!
Congrats, now you join us for our conquering of Pekopan! Kerooo kerokerokero!
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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #537 on: September 06, 2011, 06:48:39 AM »

oh **** when did I get promoted?!  I only had a 3 star rank before.  Nice!
My guess would be around post #100. ;P
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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #538 on: September 06, 2011, 08:47:13 AM »

Thanks Fury! I've been needing a new desktop for a while now ;D

Bb tl;dr. I will get to it soon I promise. I read the first couple of paragraphs but I actually am running out the door as I type this. Work is really bad for me at the moment. Probably the worst it's ever been. So it will take me some time to get to my QMHE wrap up and my Gauntlet overview. Apologies, everyone.

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Re: PG Strike Freedom GB - Gauntlet of the Apocalypse
« Reply #539 on: September 06, 2011, 06:19:29 PM »

Now that I have had several days to rest up a bit I find I want to write a proper farewell post in which I bid goodbye to the project while mentioning some things I forgot to mention before and basically put down some thoughts that have been in my head for a while now.

First of all, I wanna thank everyone who was/is involved in this Group Build in some way.  From the people actually building the kits, to those posters who encouraged us on, and to the people who supplied us with banners and video and images (the news reel was fantastic!), and Sonar for supplying the venue.  It truly feels like I was part of something big and not big in the biggest-Perfect-Grade-kit-ever type of big but the a-group-coming-together-and-being-greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts type of big.

We've all shown what we are capable of, our strengths and our weaknesses, and did so in an environment that nurtured open, honest discussion and interaction.  So now I have to be truthful and write that this build has taken a toll on me.  Perhaps it is because of the size of project, but probably moreso it is because of what the project meant. Despite the joy I've felt in seeing an idea come to fruition I realize, now that it is done, that I have been working with a pretty heavy heart for the four months I was putting it together.  I'm glad it is done and I'm glad I get to rest.  I don't anticipate I will take on such a project for quite some time.  And that is okay.  This project is pretty special to me and I will see about giving it a prominent place on gaijin-gunpla.com so that it doesn't get pushed aside and quickly forgotten like many of the people it was made for.  It's been several days since I updated my site, probably a record of inactivity for me, but while I have material to put up and projects still on the go, I find myself doing other things with my time.  I am procrastinating.  There is a post I am gong to put up soon but it's also pretty heavy and I want to make sure that, when it comes time to compose that post, I get my thoughts down properly.

Now I'll mention here some things about the kit I forgot to mention in previous posts.  First off, I realize now that I didn't really give any detailed description of the Japanese characters I (crappily) wrote onto the kit.  If anyone out there wanted to know what I wrote, here you are:


Starting at the top left of the kit when you look at it head on (which was the intention from the beginning)

The top reads がんばれ東北! (ganbare Touhoku!)

The very Ganbaru (頑張る) can translate as 'to keep going', 'to not give up', 'to be strong', 'to push through'.  It is used so often in Japanese conversation that in some ways it has lost a lot of its meaning (or so I feel).  The form 'Ganbare' is used to encourage someone on. You hear parents say it to their children, fans to their favorite player during ball games.  This form of the verb is more casual implying a closer connection to the person it is spoken to.  I see this all over Japan on posters aimed at the people of Touhoku.  The rest of Japan cheering on its brothers.  Hang in there!  I actually translated it for the video as 'Stand Firm', which I feel more appropriate in this circumstance.  Stand Firm, Touhoku.  Be strong, Touhoku.

The bottom line in this image reads 一人じゃないみんながいる。(hitori janai minna ga iru)

I feel the best translation for this sentence would read "You are not alone. Everyone is here."  Just after the disaster a series of television commercials aired and in one of them japanese athletes who were playing professionally abroad had words of encouragement for the people of their home nation.  This was one of the sentences that stuck with me.  You're not alone.  We are here to.

Top right of the image.

To reads がんばろう日本! (Ganbarou Nihon!)

Ganbarou is a much stronger way to say Ganbatte/Ganbare.  It is more forceful.  Because of the strength of this verb form it is used mostly from a person of higher social standing towards those lower.  But it also comes out in times of great distress for instance, in the many videos on the net of the tsunami, people standing watching the water are yelling out to those that are still in harm's way, Nigero! Run Away!   This expression is everywhere in Japan. On billboards, trains, t-shirts.  Japan as a nation, Fight!

The bottoms reads as 日本の力を信じる (nihon no chikara wo shinjiru)

"I believe in Japan's strength."  After seeing how the people of Touhoku have worked together, and held it together, after one of the most devastating natural disasters in modern history (and, I realize now, the event that may define a good chunk of my life) I can say without hesitation that for me that sentence is true.  I do believe.  (I just don't believe the strength is found in the Japanese government.  They're worthless.)

Lower left.

七転八起 (shichiten hakki)  

This is an 四字熟語 or 4 character expression.  These have origins well in the past and have continued to be used, even in everyday conversation. I love these.  The history behind them and the depth to their meaning has always intrigued me.  I surprise Japanese people quite often when I bust these out in conversation.  "What?!  You can't speak Japanese but you know yojijukugo?!"

 The characters in this one translate to 7 rotations 8 rise, or, how it most commonly translated "fall down 7 times, get up 8."  Just keep going.

bottom sentence:
寒い冬のあとに必ず春は来る。 (samui fuyu no ato ni kanarazu hara ha kuru.)

The spring always comes after the cold winter.  This is similar to 'It's always darkest before dawn."  With what has happened to the people of Touhoku, for the most part, now there is no where to go but up.  I actually found this saying in a video for the people of Fukushima which I found touching.

It will get better.

Last dragoon, bottom right of the kit.


Top reads 今ひとつになる時 (ima hitotsu ni naru toki)

"Now is the time to become one."   Together we rebuild, together we continue on, together we share in the future. I feel the Japanese people embody this type of sentiment more than others.  I think they have to as they won't get much from their inept government.

Bottom reads みんなでやれば大きな力に (minna de yareba ookiina chikara ni)

This is a tough one to put into english.  I see the japanese and I understand the message immediately.  In english perhaps it would translate as "If we all do it, there is strength."   Combine your efforts and produce an amazing result.  I've been able to see a lot of amazing results, but there is still a long way to go.  

Stand firm, Japan.

Throughout the build I was wondering, "Would it work?"  I had an idea, not quite a crystal clear vision, in my head of what I wanted this project to say.  In the end, I think I did it.  I masked and sprayed all that red just eyeballing it as I went and it works.

I am pleased with how the red circle appears from many different angles.  It could have gone so horribly wrong.


The base wasn't an idea I seriously contemplated until there was about 2 weeks left in the build and I found myself with a completed kit and some extra time.  With what I wanted to convey, and the feelings I wanted to evoke, I realized that maybe the base was an important part of the whole so I did my best to come up with something simply.  Despite it being my first attempt at a diorama I think it worked out well.

I had a comment on my site from someone that felt that the video I made was in bad taste.  I am not disappointed by this comment and am glad that it was posted.  I battled these kind of thoughts throughout the project.  Was what I was doing tacky?  Shallow?  Was I making light of a horrible situation?    

In the end I realized that I was doing something that was in my power to do for the people of Touhoku.  I don't have a lot of money and can't give it away.  I don't have extra money which would allow me to take time off work and go out to help.  I have a family of my own that needs food and shelter and I can't ignore them for the sake of others even though those others so desperately need assistance of any kind.

A good friend of mine told me that the people of Japan can't forget about what happened to the people of Touhoku.  She said that things such as Courage will cause people to stop, remember, and consider.  I think that's all I can really ask of something like this and I am satisfied if that is the case.



That's all I can think to write at this time.  If I've forgotten anything I'll try to add it later.

People of Touhoku, Courage!


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