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25Jul/141

Hourai (Aoshingou)

Hourai concludes the last batch of kits I managed to finish this year. All the prep work was done last year (except for Haruka, I think) so despite my lack of time for the hobby, I got something done, hurray! For those of you who are not that familiar with Touhou lore, Hourai is one of Alice's dolls. I say that because she only has very subtle signs that she's a doll in this figure. Her small hands show doll joints at the fingers but that's about it. Speaking of hands, I first lost one of her hands and then "found" it again in pieces because I apparently stepped on it without noticing. I clumsily glued the pieces together and had to model part of it from scratch. Taking care of small parts is not my forte... but I now try to always put small parts into bags so they don't get lost.

If it wasn't for her massive hair, she would be able to stand on her feet alone. Since she's technically a doll, I have no idea what her scale is. Maybe 1/3? I don't have her with me right now but she stands about 12cm tall, I believe. Which means she's pretty small. I enjoyed painting her a lot!

20Dec/130

1/8 C.C. (Clumsy Zero)

Another commision I managed to finish this year.

9Dec/130

1/7 Palette (T’s System)

 I figured I should write a few more words when posting a gallery. Given how many hours I spend building a kit, there must be something I can write about, right? And yet my mind goes blank each and every time. I keep having that problem when attempting to write something about pictures I draw. Most of the time it boils down to "I made that for person X. enjoy" but I keep trying.

Palette was one of those figures I've had my eyes on for a very very long time. I preordered her PVC, cancelled it again hoping it would drop in price one day. I loved the sculpt but disliked the paintwork which was a deal breaker for me. She didn't really end up in the bargain bin and then I forgot about her. Years later, I find a recast for sale in a garage kit forum, missed her because I pm'ed the seller too late and then bought her from the first buyer after a few months. I'm really happy that I was able to get her in the end and to make it even better, I got it as a garage kit and was able to paint it myself.

11Aug/130

1/6 Konpaku Youmu (Biifuru)

Another commission joins the gallery. Thanks to the patience of my commissioner, I was able to take my time with her. She looked so simple but gave me a lot of trouble because both cast and fitting were pretty bad. Even after I started painting, large gaps popped up and it took even longer. Yes, she's not perfect (but then again no figure ever is) but I think she turned out decently enough. It doesn't look like it but in fact she's super huge. She alone can fill an entire Detolf department with not much space left.

26Nov/120

1/6 Al Azif & Another Blood (Milky Doll)

 

 I believe this must be the most complex kit I've worked on yet. These two girls are really heavy chunks of resin given the scale (1/6). They're only held together by a pin where their arms are interlocked (not glued) and I'm glad that it's sufficient. I've taken many pictures from it's progress so when I have time, I hope I can finish the GK building guide I'm working on.

There were many troubles with this kit and I've wrote the longest negative feedback at E2064. But now the kit's done and all I can do is try better next time. I like the colors very much though, so enjoy the pictures!

20Sep/120

1/6 Saber Alter Maid

No it's not the PVC from ALTER 🙂 I actually always cry a little inside when a GK I've painted is released as a PVC figure. But this time it was because I couldn't afford the exclusive (and elusive) PVC so I decided to paint the GK version. Now she's being rereleased but oh well. I think mine didn't turn out that bad either 🙂

19Jun/123

Tora Brindle – 1/7 Snow Miku + Sakura Hatchune Miku

I like Snow Mikus color scheme so much that I wanted to own a scaled figure of her. Even though Miku has thousands of figures and multiple Snow versions as Nendoroids, there's no decent scaled figure. She was quite a challenge to paint, I've never used that much metallic color on a figure before and I've learned a lot in the process.

I entered the E2046 GK Contest 2012 with her since I finished her roughly around the time.

27May/120

Kotobukiya – 1/8 Yomiko Readman

Apparently there are two releases from Kotobukiya, one is a painted resin kit and one is the PVC version. I am not quite sure how to classify this one here because I painted it myself. However, it's safe to say that it's a recast from E2046 (from the painted resin kit, probably). She's still preorderable but I haven't seen her actually being released for the last two years or so. I bought her from an user who got one from her earlier batches. This kit caused me a lot of headache because her skirt parts just didn't want to fit together at all, among other things like thousands of micro-bubbles on her coat. I was also forced to remodel her glasses because I lost those that came with it. It doesn't make a big difference though, the included ones were also just printed on plastic (and not laser etched metal). Despite all the difficulties, I think she came out nice (especially her base fits her so well!). More pictures under the cut! =w=

6Apr/121

Purazuma Houriki Mokei – Aisaka Taiga

This is one of the kits I've always wanted (even before picking up painting GKs as a hobby). The sculptor Abira is really talented and has produced a bunch of Toradora (among others) figures that I all love to have. So more are bound to follow if I can ever get my hands on some kits of his!

Taiga here was painted using Mr. Hobby Colors and I especially like how her dress turned out. The many layers of frills have a little purple shading on them. I'm happy that it seems like I'm rally improving. 🙂 Usually I stick to round acrylic transparent bases but this time I sort of copied the background colors of the original artwork that belongs to this kit.

28Mar/120

QuickHack: Vibration-Table for resin casting

As we're trying to set out to custom-cast resin figures i've built a one-evening-hacked vibration table as a first step for (hopefully!) successful room-pressure casting.