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MG Gundam Epyon "The Hydra"
« on: August 07, 2011, 08:58:12 PM »

First there was Gundam Wing Zero custom.

http://sx2gundam.blogspot.com/2011/04/mobile-suit-wing-gundam-custom-xxxg.html

And then there was Gundam Deathscythe Hell.

http://sx2gundam.blogspot.com/2011/07/xvg-666d-gundam-deathsycthe-hell-ver.html

Now,let me continue my gunpla journey through the wing series.

Haha,pardon my fancy intro,i thought it would be funny.Anyway,for my next kit i'm going with another model from the wing series,because i love them.Without this series,I won't have come to love gundams and started gunpla.No haters please,i love the other series but this is the one that brought me into the world of GUNDAMS. And i absolutely love their design.



Pardon my rough sketch:(

I am going with the MG Gundam Epyon and i'm going for a dragon theme.Here is a little sneak peek of the wing design.Some of you must have seen something similar to this,and yes you are right,the design is somewhat similar to a poster of epyon gundam on the net and thats where i got part of my inspiration from.It looks very cool and i don't think anyone have tried making it so i'm going to give it a try.But i am still unsure whether i have the skills to execute it,but you will never know until you try.
My other inspiration came from gundam epyon white,which is basically is the combination of altron gundam and gundam epyon and i'm going to do something like that.I'm like breaking all my old NG wing series model for all these MG models...haha...

Now for my first WIP here...


The joints are pretty weak so i need things to help hold them up.

I got the MG epyon a few days back and have almost finished denubbing it.I have also started on modding the wing and working on the "5 heads".The 5 heads is nothing special actually,i mean most of you must have figured out how i am going to get the 5 heads.The first 2 heads is the epyon's feet and the other 2 is from the shenlong's claw. Disappointed?Well,let me show you the 5th head first which may make you guys more disappointed...Haha...But don't worry,i'll try my best to improve their look and hopefully i can give them a unique look.



I have also started working on the wing which if you have read my last post,you will know what design i'm going for.First,i use pla plate to mark out the places i need to add epoxy,this also helps strengthen the parts when it dries.Next,i applied epoxy putty to them and try to mold them into shape.But i'm not good at molding so i'll wait until it dries and sand them into shape.That means for the next whole week,i will be sanding the wing...AHHH!



So for next week,i will sand the wing and remove the seamlines on the model.I like to fix up the model first before applying any cement.Because like this,i will know which parts i need to remove the seamlines and which parts will be hidden and removal of seamlines is unnecessary.

Hope you guys like what you are seeing here and please stay tune for the next update.Cheers guys:)
« Last Edit: August 20, 2011, 02:32:54 PM by StraitStealth »
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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The 5-Headed Dragon"
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2011, 09:26:30 PM »

Dam you work fast man, love the five heads idea and trust me no one will be disappointed in using the shenlongs heads, I love your design style of sharpening the points of the wings and such glad your doing it here to
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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The 5-Headed Dragon"
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011, 05:21:05 PM »

Hmm,i think i've posted the first wip way too early,with only 4 days of work there wasn't much content.So this will be like a part 2 of week 1's wip.

So for the past few days,i've been working on the wing and thinking how i should approach the 5th head.

Lets start off with the wing,the sanding was very tough this time.I don't know why but i just  can't get the shape right,especially the middle part.So i had to put epoxy and sand over and over again,which was kind of disheartening.It still needs more work but this definitely looks better than my first try.And i should also mention that i haven't even started sanding the other wing,so this is definitely going to be a long journey for me...


 I've also started on the other parts of the wing that i want to add.These are still prototypes that i have to refine further.I'm not good at using pla plates for scratch building so these are the parts that worry me most.


For the fifth head,i added some of the epyon's parts to the side of the head to make it look more dragon like and fiercer.And of course i will have to recast the parts later on.The next step would be to add putty to try to blend the head with the twin cannon together so that it will look like 1 whole piece.This should be done by the next update.


I have also started marking out the places on the body that i want to add rivets.And i've also designed panel lines for some parts.I find this model very different from other model.I don't really know how to explain but i had a hard time deciding which parts need more details and which are the parts that i should leave alone.If you have seen my last project,you'll notice that i don't like to add too much because i know if i do that i'll just keep adding and make the whole thing a mess.


Still deciding whether i should add the "fangs"...

Thats all for now,i hope that this is more interesting than my first post.Cheers guys!!
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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The 5-Headed Dragon"
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011, 05:25:30 PM »

looking good man, head addition are ace
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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The 5-Headed Dragon"
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2011, 07:01:28 PM »

Very much like the 5th head idea and the added bits make it look alot better :)

I vote yes for the foot fangs

Looking forward to the next update
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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The 5-Headed Dragon"
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2011, 08:32:35 PM »

i really loved your deathscythe, i'm sure this epyon will kick ass!!

You love modding wings don't you? ^^
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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The 5-Headed Dragon"
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2011, 09:06:21 PM »

Interesting concept. Instead of calling it the '5 Headed Dragon' perhaps a new name involving 'Hydra' could be more interesting as well. Hydras are from Greek mythos and are dragons/serpents with multiple heads :

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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The 5-Headed Dragon"
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2011, 10:21:23 PM »

Glad you are liking it guys:)
syeberio-Personally i didn't like the wing,i think thats the only flaw for epyon as the body looks great with the decals on.But ya,i guess i like modding wings.
Theghostofzeon-Ya,that was actually the first name i thought of,but hydra have more than 5 heads so i didn't know whether it suit this.I will change the name at a later time,definitely need a better name for this:)Thx for your suggestion mate:)
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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The 5-Headed Dragon"
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2011, 10:40:25 PM »

I will be watching this with interest. Your work is aweome dude, and I do love a good mythical beast.

Thanks for sharing your WIP with us.

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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The 5-Headed Dragon"
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2011, 05:20:27 PM »

I will be watching this with interest. Your work is aweome dude, and I do love a good mythical beast.

Thanks for sharing your WIP with us.

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Thx mate:)I'll be glad to post if there is interest:)
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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The 5-Headed Dragon"
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2011, 09:16:36 PM »

Some interesting mods, the kit isnt to my liking so will be watching this with a more clinical view I guess and to see what tips I can learn
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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The Hydra"
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2011, 02:29:07 PM »

For the past week,i've been continuing with the wing's mods and the fifth head.I'm not sure whether my working pace have slowed down but i do feel a little burnt out over the week.I am spending more time on my xbox now when i have free time rather then on gunpla.Its not that i have lost interest in this build but i'm just a little tired.I hope i can regain my momentum and finish this in time for the local competition that was postpone.

Enough about me,lets get down to the project itself.The dragon head gave me the hardest time because i can't draw,that means i can't sketch out the design that is in my head which would make sculpting it out so much easier.When i'm sculpting,it is usually trial and error.But when that doesn't work,my only option is to finalize the design on paper.Luckily,i was able to sketch out a design that looks like a dragon's head after a lot of tries.


After i got the design on paper,i was able to sand the head out but i'm still thinking where i should attach the weapons to.And the funny thing is that my first few tries on the dragon's head,looks nothing like a dragon.It was more like a eagle's head,and that made me second guess the whole concept.But its better now,and i'm glad i continued.


The progress on the wings are going smoothly,they just need some more time and i think they should be good to go.The thrusters are almost done and i have ordered some HIQ parts for it.



I also needed to make some changes to the backpack for me to attach the fifth dragon to.And thats when i thought of putting the shield on the back since i won't be putting it onto the arm,which turned out to be a rather neat idea.



And for the fangs on the feet,i shorten the fangs a little and sanded them down,before cementing them.I will have to apply some putty to seal up the gaps at the side later on.


This a trial piece of a pillar that i've made using plaster for a pantheon theme diorama.I have some problems with it,so i want to ask whether any of you have tried this before.How do i make the plaster not stick to the corrugated paper?

This is a very ambitious attempt for me and i'm not sure whether i can pull it off but i'll give it a shot.

Thats all for now,thank you guys for viewing my post:)Cheers!
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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The Hydra"
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2011, 03:10:28 PM »

nice progress! Dont give up on your idea, take your time.
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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The Hydra"
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2011, 04:34:12 PM »

I like the shield on the back, impressive!

This a trial piece of a pillar that i've made using plaster for a pantheon theme diorama.I have some problems with it,so i want to ask whether any of you have tried this before.How do i make the plaster not stick to the corrugated paper?
I haven't tried this, but you could try covering the corrugated paper with plastic wrap. Then the plaster can stick to it instead, but hopefully be removable from it.

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Re: MG Gundam Epyon "The Hydra"
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2011, 09:50:28 PM »

Flour or baby powder?

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