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About Blastvader

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  1. Designs were cool but the film was rats. THREEZERO made a 1/6 scale model of the titular CHAPPIE but it's long out of production. I did see a couple of garage kits kicking about a while ago (one of which was, I'm pretty sure, just a recast of the THREEZERO toy). I'll have another look. EDIT: No joy but I did find a 3D Printable 1:1 scale model of his head here on The RPF.
  2. The ACE Deep Striker Arrived (with a ransom from Parcel Farce) and it's a big ol' box. Also picked up one of BanDai's Level 3 Spru-Kits from a Debenhams online sale (£19.98 shipped down from £55) and an AMT Cut-Away Falcon to join the normal version (I know they're a lot of effort to get looking good, but an AMT falcon + resin upgrades is still less than a FM/Revell one that has more detail but has many of the same shape issues). Magnifier have done a reprint of their GP-04 head which I've lusted after for a while but missed the first time round (it was still available but you'd be shelling out $200+ for it) so when I saw them back in stock at GMC after being gone for nearly a year I jumped on it. Scale says 1/20th but having looked in the box it's only marginally larger than the 1/35th busts and quite a bit smaller than my 1/24th Aile Strike so I think that it's actually 1/30th. Here's a picture of a completed one: Lastly, after over a year of waiting and several delays the Dark Souls Board Game kickstarter arrived. Not had a chance to play it properly yet, but looking through the rules I already have some minor concerns. The minis are generally nice though their being made out of PVC is a pain. Also, the detail is inconsistent, you'll have areas of incredibly intricate detail such as the Gargoyle's shield of the Dancer's sword, but Ornstein's face looks like it has melted and Smough's hammer is bent (because the way that the hands are mounded mean that a curve is forced into the hammer's shaft). All in all, I'll give it 5/7 at the moment and wait to see what October's stretch goals look like (if they turn up on time).
  3. Cool looking little dude. He's from Blue Comet SPT Layzner by the way.
  4. Good to hear Charlie.
  5. I've used it. It picks up details well enough but it's very easy to trap air bubbles in it which makes reusing it a pain.
  6. I realised that after the fact Will, not your fault, I'm just stupid.
  7. Daft question as it may be Will, but it must be asked, if ol' Bemmers is epoxied to the base, how are you going to change the batteries?
  8. Looks pretty spiffy to me. You could always take it up a notch by highlighting the bottom edges of the some of the chips with your edge highlight to give them a bit of depth.
  9. Looking good. When it comes to 'traditional' hairspray vs purpose made chipping fluid; you can still find hairspray in old-school pump/mist bottles which at least saves you having to decant it. In my not very scientific experiments into the differences between £1 hairspray (in a can) vs AK normal and heavy chipping effects I found the £1 can slightly better. Only because I found the chipping effects capable of activating itself and 'bubbling' if you were trying to get a heavier coat on (built up in layers obviously, I wasn't just sploshin it on). The 'proper' hairspray also stayed chip-able for, quite literally, months. Even when using Tamiya thinned with lacquer thinners I could still go back and chip the paintwork with a bit if water and a brush, whereas the AK stuff seemed to lose the ability to be chipped relatively quickly (which they warn against themselves in their painting mecha book, I seem to remember). Not a problem for most but if you're the kind of person who sometimes only gets 20 minutes at a time to model the fact that you can lay the hairspray down, leave it then spray the paint coat and leave that whilst being able to come back several days later and actually do the chipping.
  10. They're what the Zenrtradi officers bounce about in.
  11. That is stunning and your painting is incredible. Those blends are just so smooth. Very Andrea in their style.
  12. Looking great Kev. I never fail to fins inspiration in the Maritime Modelling section. Also @Paul E PM sent also.
  13. I'm looking forward to giving it a go (though I have tried one out at a show last year). I went with the 0.2 and 0.4, I don't intend to try and paint Wargames miniatures with it so the 0.15 felt like overkill. The Deep Striker is a bit bonkers isn't it? But that's Gundam Sentinel for you. There's more pictures of the studio painted build in the link below:
  14. Aye, don't get me wrong I'd love it if every kit were Bandai/Tamiya level of quality but the wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst the community around the odd fit issue is tiresome at times. Having watched two unboxings and the subsequent reviews it seems ok to me and £70, though not a small amount of money, seems pretty good for what you're getting (which appears to be a scaled down copy of the G-Systems 1/100 resin kit).
  15. Had one of these delivered today: The new(ish) HGUC GM Ground Type, to add to my 8th MS Team collection. Looks a really nice kit from looking at the sprues with the only seamline being the tops of the shoulders as the thighs are single piece mouldings, which is nice. Though I in fact ordered two of them, this being the second, as the first was delivered by Amazon into my recycling bin, which was by the side of the road...waiting to be picked up. So I'm guessing that that one's in the care of the local council's recycling centre now. Got a fairly swift refund from Amazon though and a couple of extra months of prime into the bargain so it's not all bad I suppose. Also, as it was my 30th just last week I recieved a present off of the missus in the form of one of these: Which is a beautiful piece of kit (as it should be for the price) which I've yet to have a chance to use. Lastly, this hasn't arrived yet so I'm stretching it a bit here, but I finally went and bought the ACE Model Deep Striker which I've been on the fence about for nearly two years, the reviews are 'average' but I find that with a lot of 3rd party gunpla stuff as large portions of the community only snap-build the kits so when it doesn't quite go together as well as a Bandai kit the dummies get spat out. I'd love to see their take on a short-run Eastern European kit... Anyway, even at 144th scale it's a beast at around 24" long and 18" or so tall. Here's a piccy: