Thursday, March 16, 2017

[WIP] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex Apollyon (Customised Build)

In the previous post, I covered a straight build of the HGIBO 1/144 Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex, a pretty decent update to the Barbatos frame. However, the proportions are a little off, particularly in the oversized arms. Something was also missing from the Lupus Rex, something that differentiated it from being a beast-like demon from the Duke of Hell title the Barbatos is named after. After some research and fooling around with parts, I found that something.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex (Straight Build)

I decided to snap up one of my Lupus Rexes to test the articulation and some modification ideas, having acquired a second one in order to appropriate the tail-blade. I didn't expect much from the 8th (or it is 9th) iteration of the Gundam Barbatos, especially with the more beastial look, but snapping this up showed me that IBO kits still have lots to offer, even in the HG 1/144 format.

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGUC 1/144 Hyaku-Shiki [Revive] (Painted Build)

The Hyaku-Shiki is a timeless kit, with a classic design that transcends time, series and model kit range. The latest iteration of the Hyaku-Shiki - coincidentally also Bandai's 200th HGUC model kit - updates the venerable golden mobile suit with modern Gunpla technology, features, gimmicks and ease of assembly. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Mobile Reginlaze (Vidar Use) (Customised Build)

By now, everyone knows that Vidar is indeed Gaelio Bauduin, something that was actually really apparent when Vidar appeared in the opening. We know his intense hatred for McGillis, we know his motivations for said intense hatred. What we do not know is what happened during the time skip between the Battle of Edmonton and the current IBO timeline. We do know that Rustal Ellion rescued a disfigured Gaelio and recovered the crippled Gundam Kimaris before converting the machine into the Alaya-Type E enabled monster known as Gundam Vidar (and now Gundam Kimaris Vidar), but what did Gaelio/Vidar do to earn his keep in Rustal's employ?

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Helmwige Reincar Galaxy (Ver.GPN Painted Build)

Of all the season two mobile suits in the Iron Blooded Orphans series, the Helmwige Reincar made the biggest impact. Granted, although it was nothing more than a modified, beefed up Grimgerde that fulfilled the role of a glorified sword holder for the Barbatos Lupus, the Helmwige is still one of the best, refreshing designs that came out from the series.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

[EVENT] Hobby Art Tetsujin 2017 - Competition Entries

As some of you may know, local hobby shop Hobby Art Gallery is currently holding a first-of-its-kind model kit competition cum hobby fair from Monday, 6 Feb 2017 to this Sunday, 12 Feb 2017 at level 2 of Bugis+ shopping mall.

Comprised of two main parts, namely the competition and the hobby fair, the event is wholly run by Hobby Art Gallery with the support of some of their partners. This post will showcase all of the builds submitted for Tetsujin! Of course, pictures do very little justice to some of this masterpieces, do drop by and have a look if you're in the Bugis area!

Simply put, the quality of entries is astounding. Click the link to view them all!

[EVENT] Hobby Art Tetsujin 2017 - Hobby Fair

Hobby Art Tetsujin has lots to see and lots to buy! Hey, you can even spot Joshua Darrah there! 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

[Kit Insight] DevilArts MG 1/100 Providence Gundam Ver. SUN (Straight Build)

Third party model kits offer insight into the "what could have been" and "what if" of Gunpla development, often with far lower price tags that won't discourage builders from picking them up. DevilArts teased their MG 1/100 Providence Gundam some time back, but then Bandai suddenly dropped a bombshell with the announcement of their own MG 1/100 Providence Gundam, with a full coloured build displayed at one of the year-end Gunpla Expos in Japan. Naturally, interest for the DevilArts version of the Providence waned, but it still remained on the radar for a while as the Bandai version will only be released in March 2017.

Monday, January 23, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Hekija (Limited Production Test Unit for Lafter Frankland) (Painted Build)

Lafter Frankland is my favourite female character from the Iron Blooded Orphans series, with beautiful curves, remarkable features and actual character development and advancement. It also helps that she's constantly inside new machines, machines that look alien, exotic and desirable all at the same time.

The Hekija is the perfect example.

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Mobile Armor Hashmal (Light Build)

The Hashmal caused quite a stir when it made its appearance on the anime series, inciting hatred and scorn amongst many viewers. Said viewers also cheered when the Barbatos Lupus scored a Pyrrhic victory against it with Mikazuki's aggressive-suicidal tendencies, knowing that the parts from the vanquished Mobile Armor will be used to upgrade the Barbatos (again).