Probably the most important thing you can do after putting together a model is give it a pose. Add some life and personality to your kit.
It's a rookie mistake, your Gundam shouldn’t stand around stiff as a robot. It should be allowed to loosen up as to look and feel more natural.
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From here on everything is up to you. Reenact a scene, pit it in combat against another model, make it dance, facepalm, etc. If you’re working on your first kit with individual fingers, do what everyone does the first time, flip the bird. I really shouldn’t have to help with this part.
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I decided to break this page down into three different sections relating to airbrushing equipment, hand and detailing painting equipment, and everything else that you'll need. Of course, you're also going to need some paint!
Picking out an airbrush can be pretty daunting at first. Here's some information on the basic types of airbrushes...
Before you run out to buy your first kit it's important to have a few tools on hand. Below is really the bare minimum you'll need to get a nice, clean, straight built kit. All the other fancy stuff is covered elsewhere on the Guide.
Hobby Nippers and a Hobby Knife
Hello and welcome to the Layman's Gunpla Guide!
A bit about myself. I, like many Americans, came to know Gundam through Gundam Wing when it aired on Cartoon Network during the 90's. From there, unlike many Americans, found my way to the other series in the franchise and have been a fan ever since. I'm not quite sure when I started with Gunpla but it followed shortly after. Many of my early kits were built by physically twisting and ripping pieces from the runners (shudder) before I progressed toward cutting and sanding. Interest in the hobby faded away through college but returned not long after. Getting into it and learning more than I had ever known about putting together models and Gunpla I thought it would be beneficial to put together a guide built from lessons learned. Thus, the Layman's Gunpla Guide was born.
Since OR won't let me embed veoh videos: http://www.veoh.com/videos/v1585001SPSJx5t2
So the story behind this is probably better left put in the Rants & Raves section, but suffice it to say I generally HATE anime music videos. So one Christmas in 2005, I decided to sit down and create my own in a three to four day period.
It's nowhere near a masterpiece, but I did submit it to MIddle Tennessee Anime Convention just because...well I had an AMV to submit to my local con...so. And it won Best Drama. They usually say your first AMV is terrible, and I suppose this one could've been better, but the most important thing is that I tried to avoid all those cliches I have grown to abhor.
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I've added extra modules, most noticeably the Captcha module, to handle the influx of spam following my absence.
Also, I just realized that this theme doesn't look so great in IE. If anyone has any suggestions for a new theme please let me know!
That's right. There's a brand new Capcom VS arcade game. It sure did take a long time. I suppose they were listening to their fans. Now, we all know that there won't be a Marvel Vs Capcom 3 any time soon due to licensing issues. However, the new VS game is Tatsunoko vs Capcom Cross Generation of Heroes. Most of you are probably not familiar with Tatsunoko, at least not right away. Given other blog posts here at Otaku Revolution, I can safely assume this will be in your interests. Tatsunoko is responsible for some awesome anime series such as Macross, Casshern, Samurai Pizza Cats, Karas, Speed Racer, Video Girl Ai, and The Soul Taker among other series.
You can read more about it, and see screenshots over at arcade renaissance