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The problem with sticking to a mostly 1-post-per-week format, primarily to try and ensure a fairly regular update pattern, is that one can easily end up with a considerable backlist of figures which are “forgotten” in the sense that they don’t get a chance to go on the blog.

This can be OK if the figure is a mass produced PVC figure and many others in the blogsphere have taken up the cause but what if it isn’t? what if it’s something very few people seem to have or isn’t shown often and it deserves a place in the sun?
Case in point…

This little number is Asuka Langly Soryu riding a race bike (which my friend believes is based off a ducati model, for any bike fans out there) and is a resin kit which was sculpted many moons ago by vispo.

Now, aside from the obvious links of the post title to the model, one could also link the band (AC*DC for those who don’t know) to the sculptor as recently, vispo has also been turning into a bit of a “one trick pony” (back in black, anyone?) but I digress.

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And finally, continuing on from last week, we have the other Hiiragi twin, Tsukasa. Here she is posing with Konata!

I held her back last week as there were a few gaps which needed filling and a little bit of cleanup to be done in a couple of areas. I also spent a little time on Konata, making the lines on the eyes tidier and also adding the mole under her left eye. Hurrah for ridiculously expensive rapidograph pens!!
I found it almost impossible to do with a paintbrush as the mark would always end up too big but the pen allowed me to have much greater control. It just feels like a bit of a waste to use it for something so trivial!

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How the heck did that one scene gain such notoriety? More over, did anyone actually remember watching said advert on TV when they were little?

While you ponder the answer to such a question, here’s everybodys favourite supergeek, Izumi Konata !!!

I worked on her in Tandem with Tsukasa but during the cleanup process, I found that Tsukasa required more work so I focused on Kagami in order to finish her off and the give Tsukasa more attention. Both should be 100% finished by next week.

I have to admit though, I feel that these 2 don’t quite stack up to my other works. I don’t know what it is but I don’t get the same level of satisfaction from working on these 2 compared to, say, Ignis or Yoko. Perhaps it may also be related to my indifference to the characters being painted (I worked on these 2 primarily to complete a set with Kagami) As a result, I feel that, on a personal level, I could have done better. There’s nothing wrong with their overall appearance, it’s just a nagging feeling that I have. What do you all think?

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Another really minor update today, just showing off the final parts of the body and the start of the heads.

At least the hair shouldn’t present any problems. Again, the stripes on the uniforms provided several annoying moments and they still require further cleaning after all this!!!

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Just a minor update for this week to show that Konata and Tsukasa are making progress.

As they are similar in look to Kagami, a lot of the problems faced thus far are the same as the ones I faced with Kagami, and they managed to throw in a few new tricks in there as well.

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With Kagami out the way, next on my list are 2 of the remaining stooges, Konata and Tsukasa!

This was the prebuild pic, before I started sanding the parts down and priming. The good thing is that Tsukasa looks to be the same scale as my Kagami, unfortuately, that doesn’t seem to be the case for Konata, despite the scale is being advertised as the same (Tsukasas scale wasn’t mentioned so I did it by height) but it definitely has the best pose of all the Kona kits I’ve seen thus far. The priming and cleaning has all been done now, so all that’s left is the paintjob.
Having said that, the build process was… Painful to say the least.

These 2 were recasts from E2046 and almost perfect examples for the reasons why I dislike buying recasts. It’s more of a dig at their suppliers rather than at E2046 themselves, since I’ve had other recasts from them before which didn’t have these issues but they were quite numerous and difficult this time round.

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The weekend saw The hobby complex event being held. Sort of a smaller version of Wonderfestival, this years event held a bit more significance as many resin kit sellers have gone there due to winter wonderfestival being cancelled, although the summer event is still on.

Unfortunately, due to the current economic climate and the time of the year, I don’t think I’ll be going for any of the figures this time round. Just as well that there are none which scream “must have” to me. There were a few head turners, but nothing I can’t manage without.

Danny Choo has good coverage and provides links to other reports. GA Graphics also has a few very good galleries up.

Out of the the figures I’ve seen, the only interesting ones are :

Sheryl Nome and

Saber Lily.

Both very nice but not screaming “must get” for myself. Perhaps that will change, but for now I’ll pass.

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I actually completely forgot about the competition, which ended on Tuesday, despite actually having my own entry so this post is a little late.

After entering my Shirley into the contest I stopped paying attention although when the entries were being uploaded, I purposely chose not to view them, just in case I started getting an inferiority complex from looking at the really well painted entries, and there were quite a few!!

But now the votes have been tallied and the top 3 have been chosen. So who was the winner?

e2046-winter-winner

Uesugi Kenshin from Eroge Sengoku Rance, The character to finally displace Saber as the most popular eroge heroine (although that may have changed by now).
This entry was from a Hong Kong member who goes under the name blackdog and, although I don’t really rate the base model (as it’s a bit too much on the ero side for my tastes), I think he’s a worthy winner.

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After, what isn’t that long at all, here is the finished version Of Kagami.

The wip post can be found here:

part 1

Many thanks to the members of Dannychoo.com who helped out with some of the colour choices and assorted other observations. This could be called version 1.1 as I did have her finished last week but I was uncertain about a few points so asked around, seeing as I’m not a particularly big lucky star fan.
After collecting some of the more common ones I went back and tried several suggestions from DC.com members, which will be listed below.

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Despite having an abundance of great games to suck away my time (though I recently finished the best one, Valkyria chronicles) I have managed to fit in a little time to do some model work. Currently, I’m working on the first of 3 Lucky star figures and here’s where I have gotten up to so far.

This particular number will be Kagami, the most undeserved winner of Saimoe since the competition first started.

This kit marks a slight difference in my modus operandi as I don’t really care much for Lucky star or it’s characters, which is against my usual criteria when looking for kits to build. The reasons why will be revealed later.
There isn’t much left to do now, I still have the hair to do but the kit itself was pretty simple to put together (no prebuild pic I’m afraid as I totally forgot about it)

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