Sunday, April 23, 2017

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 ASW-G-66 Gundam Kimaris Vidar (Ver. GPN)

Gundam Kimaris was a pretty swell Gundam Frame of its own, with its distinctive knightly visage, purple-themed colour scheme and preference for large, powerful lances. The Kimaris Vidar pulls out all the stops to create one of the best looking Gundam Frames in the series, with an ornate mohawk cresting its head, no less. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 EBx-08v Reginlaze Viola (Tactical Demonstrator)

At the end of the final battle of the McGillis Fareed Incident, a modified Reginlaze Julia raised the Barbatos' severed head in victory, signalling the cessation of hostilities and the beginning of a rocky road to an uneasy peace. The final frame of the Reginlaze Julia is pretty significant as it embodies a legend retold countless times throughout the annals of history: the Devil can only be slain by Man, although in Julieta's case, this came at a very, very high cost. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

[METAL BUILD] Bandai Tamashii Nations Metal Build 1/100 F91 Gundam F91

The Formula Project Gundam F91 can be considered one of the most enduring masterpieces that stemmed from a Gundam series. It boasted a sleek, unique design that is complemented by a rich story that gave birth to another longstanding Gundam classic (Crossbone), securing the F91's place in the annals of Gundam history. Therefore, it comes to no surprise that a Metal Build version of the venerable mobile suit would prove immensely popular.

And it is.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGUC 1/144 RX-78AL Atlas Gundam (Straight Build)

The Atlas is weird, but in a good way.

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 UGY-R41 Landman Rodi (Jungle Environment Use)

The regular Man Rodi looked odd and fairly disposable, well fulfilling its role as a grunt suit. The Landman Rodi however, gave off a more mid-tier vibe: it's still a grunt but you ain't getting rid of it that easily.

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 ASW-G-01 Gundam Bael (Calamity War Rollout Ver. - Agnika Kaieru Use)

The Bael was teased since season one, and even then it only showed up when the second season was past the mid-range marker. As the deus ex machina of the series of events now termed as the McGillis Fareed Incident, Bael was meant to be a trump card, meant to be the one thing that will allow McGillis full control of Gjallarhorn.

Funny how that turned out.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 EB-06j Graze Ground Type (Urban Environment Use)

The Graze is an immensely versatile frame, having spawned so many variants over the short run of the IBO series. The Ground Type variant was just made available in the 1/144 format with the release of the IBO MS Option Set 9 which contained the flat ground-type feet, and this is great news for 1/144 collectors (me).

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 EB-04jc4-H Geirail Scharfrichter Heavy (Customised Build)

Galan Mossa's Geirail managed to kick some ass during the short period of time it was on-screen, but it was the Geirail Scharfrichters in the background that proved intriguing. With their saucer-heads, Zaku-style shoulder shields and khaki paint scheme, the Scharfrichters drew more attention than their green-blue leader, and having a name like Scharfrichter (German for Executioner) doesn't reduce its badassery.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

[Custom] 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.