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WiP: 1:48 RX-78-2 Gunpla Model

Another day, another Gundam. This time the iconic Red-White-Blue-Yellow RX-78-2 (why doesn't it have a name that's easy to remember like the Zaku?) also in 1:48 Mega Scale. I get asked a lot why 1:48 scale and it's because it's closer to scale with my other figures (I mostly have Warhammer sized figures which are 28mm and close o 1:48 scale). At this point, my RX is about 1/2 way done. I'm waiting on decals to arrive from China and then I have to hand paint the rest of the details and panel line the white before I even get to weather.

I wanted to all out and weather this RX and make it look like a veteran unit rather than factory new. I picked up Ammo of MiG's Mechas painting sets along with their Painting Mechas book. If you've ever wondered how to weather your Gundam, these kits and books are the way to go. The techniques in this book are way more realistic looking than just rubbing Tamiya powders on your kit (no hate for Tamiya, I own a lot of their products, but A.MIG is the way to go with battle damage and weathering!). Here are the products I have and a link to them: Mechas and Robot Colors, Chipping Set for Mechas, Weathering Set for Mechas, and the In Combat, Painting Mechas book. I ordered these all from Last Calvary Hobbies. I made a mistake with my order and got the wrong color of primer, but their customer service sorted it 10 minutes after I emailed them and they shipped out my order the same day. I got everything two days later.

I already have the entire Minitaire and Vallejo Game Air range of paints along with about 100 other colors from various brands, but I picked up the Mechas and Robot Colors from Ammo of MIG anyways. I always find I have to thin my Vallejo Game Air paints (which are designed for airbrush also), but the A.MiG paints are a perfect consistency and flow very smoothly through the airbrush. The Greys and White are thinner than most other brands paints, but I prefer this because I can apply very thin layers so slowly build up the color I want.

I did color modulation on all of the parts. Shame that most of this will not even be visible when the model is weathered and damaged - the effect will be even more subtle in the finished mech. I used the A.MiG colors and the base colors and highlighted and shaded with colors from other brands. The Yellow was the color I was the most worried about and it was shaded with an Orange-Brown mix and highlighted with an Ivory-White color.

I'm always impressed with the engineering that goes into the Gundam figures and their final cost. The Mega Size models sell at my local store (Fit Japanese Store in Austin, Tx - there is a Houston location too) for $88 plus tax. With over a hundred parts and standing over 15 inches tall, it's a much better deal than the $115 plus tax I spent on a Warhammer 40,000 Khorne Bloodthirster who only comes up to the RX's knees and is about as big as the RX's thighs.

Scale image of where the Gundam is now. As soon as the decals arrive I can get everything finished up. I've already done some weathering on the feet and I'm happy with how it turned out so far. I will be making some touch ups, but the A.MiG products are a dream to work with.

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WiP: Mancave Part 1: Hobby Room, Game Table, Display Cases, and Workstation

I don't know what to call this room, technically it's a living room, but for me it is a paint studio, and tiny museum of my painted models. I think "Man-cave" is an appropriate word and this "Man-cave" is perhaps the greatest WiP of all time.

Hobby Game Room Game Table Realm of Battle Warhammer Display Cases Workstation

The first image (the one of the left for desktop viewers and the top one for you guys browsing on mobile) is how my "room" looked before this summer when I split the one bedroom apartment with my cousin. Said cousin has now moved out, no doubt because of all the paint fumes, and I now have the apartment to myself. The pictures on the right (or the second one below for mobile viewers) is what it currently looks like. Basically I've moved the bedroom into the bedroom and put the game table display on an actual table (more about that later).

The paint station has remained relatively unchanged since I first set it up. It's usually very clean, but this is what it looks like after a long project (the Zaku II in this case). I'm running out of places to put paint. I'll probably switch to acrylic nail polish racks that can hold more paint since they don't have individual slots cut out for each bottle. I have the entire range of Minitaire and Vallejo Game Air colors and a selection of paint from the other Vallejo ranges (Model Air, Model Color, Game Color, Panzer Aces, etc.), Citadel, Reaper, AK Interactive, AMMO by MIG, Woodland Scenics, P3, Andrea, Alclad, and probably a few others.

Here is the game table, a recent addition to the room. It was custom made by GBS Woodworking in Austin based on my specs. The front side panel is fastened by wingnuts and can come off (I plan on getting a second table in a few years and this will allow me to combine them to make a giant table). Underneath the boards are sections that support the sections of the game board (it's actually a Realm of Battle from Gamesworkshop that I picked up cheap). The whole thing can be easily disassembled in case I want to take it somewhere. Total price was $300 which was much cheaper than my Ikea alternative which involved combining two of their tables that wouldn't even fit the board perfectly. I paid GBS another $100 to make inserts that can be used in place of the game tiles to make it a normal flat table (update on that later since I have to paint the actual pieces).

And the display cases. The white cubes are actually two pieces. I don't know where they came from, but I bought them from a neighbor when they were moving out for $25. The glass cases are Ikea Detolf which is pretty much every hobbyist's go-to display case. Their price tag is only $65 which is a steal considering how durable (and heavy) these things are. I got my first one in highschool when I saw it outside on the curb down the street. Turns out the guy was moving out and he let me have it for free. I never got a chance to ask, but I think he was a game from the accumulated dust that outlined what looked like Warhammer movement trays. The lights inside are also from Ikea ($20 per case).


I'm planning on replacing the tube shelves behind the table with something more permanent like a bookcase if the ones on sale at Ikea fit. Eventually maybe sometime next year, this room will run out of space and I will furnish the bedroom which current consists only of the bed and a folding table which I use to photograph models that won't fit into the Photobox. Also I need to order some more posters to take up the blank wall space. I'm thinking posters of Korean girl bands Hyuna, Sistar, and Red Velvet. Currently I have posters of 2NE1, Girl's Generation, and Kim Tae Hee.