Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 is finally over and I won't miss it!

Not-so-Asuka, Angel version #2

And here she finally is!
Overall I could have done better, but I was so sick and tired of this model (so much trouble, stripped her twice, puttied her I don't know how many times to hide the part break-up) I just had to finish it in the most gracious way possible.
I wish the photos were better as her hair color looks quite different: it's a lot less blueish than this and is made of 3 different shades of violet, with just a hint of pearl..
Anyway, about time she was done!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to all!

Hope you all have a wonderful time with your families and your loved ones!



Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Stop the Whales Massacre in Fær Øer!


This havoc has to stop! Please, do go to http://www.beppegrillo.it/iniziative/whalesmassacre/?s=user
and use the form to send en email to the Queen of Denmark to request for her to take steps.
Copy this html code to add to your blog the banner you see in the right column :
What we can do, we must do.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Asuka Angel WIP- Strike II! (And while we are at it, Chii's hair!)

Here are the photos: I can't believe the first time I managed to put this Asuka together in 3 or 4 days... the joints are driving me crazy! Since this is a naked model, I decided to pre-assemble everything, which is always rather annoying... but at this point it's the best solution I guess. So, here we go:



As usual I used Aves Apoxie putty, bondo and Vallejo grey primer. Paper clips in the joints as pins and 2 parts epoxy glue.


This is a gift for one of my best friends; she isn't into anime though, and knows nothing (and cares nothing) about Evangelion (my blood went cold just typing the sentence... brrr!). So she asked me to give Asuka purple hair and purple eyes. At first I was horrified, but now I'm kinda glad as I hate repainting the same model more than once and this way at least she looks somewhat different (or at least I'm trying to convince myself of it!).

Unfortunately, no matter how many times I tried in different settings, I can't get a decent photo of her hair color... I hope I'll be able to get when I take the definitive ones, but so far this is the best I could do, which sucks!






In reality it's much less blue, but oh well!
While waiting for putty and primer to dry, I started working on something else. I know I have plenty of models so close to be finished that the logic thing to do would be to finish them, but hey, logic starts where I end!
So I decided to start assembling Chii's hair... as I said in my previous post, it seems like the parts were not even from the same kit! So I pinned, applied epoxy putty, dremeled, sanded, primed, applied bondo, and then repeated two more times. When I thought I was finally done, one of the two hair parts broke again twice, in spite of pins, two kinds of putty and epoxy glue! I really don't know what else to do, maybe I should have used a stronger pin but at the moment I'm giving it one last shot as it is.
Here you find the photos of only one of the passages I described above:


As said, I've repeated these passages more than once and now I'm about to fix the broken part again, while the other one looks smooth enough (well, not enough yet, but close). I'll try to update as I go...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

What have I been up to?

There must be a valid reason why I left my poor blog alone for all these months, right?

Well...

Not really!

The thing is that when I finally got the spare parts for my airbrush it got so hot over here that I couldn't work at my models at all... really, I'm so glad this terrible summer is finally over!

Plus, I finally bought an apartment and I have masons, plumbers, all kind of workmen to supervise, tiles to choose, paint for the walls to choose... Maybe by the end of the month that will finally be over too... hopefully.

So! I'm finally working on resin again! I'm making another Asuka Angel for a dear friend of mine (but she won't look like Asuka at all once I'm done, since she'll have purple hair and eyes!) and in the spare time between putty and primers I'm trying to fix Chii's hair... a total nightmare, the parts seem to be coming from different models! I wonder why the hair wasn't casted as one piece instead? So much easier if you ask me!

Some totally meaningless photos will follow...

Saturday, May 24, 2008

It's been a long time...

I know I haven't updated in a long time... I've had some health issues (not sorted out yet, but nothing serious), some airbrush issues and... well, many other kind of issues. I hope to be able to do a nice update soon, even though I haven't been able to work on my models for a while. But this means also that I have to do that, doesn't it.
Ok, this is a plan then. Excellent!
See ya all soon!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Rei & Asuka Angel

Well, here they are finally!



Ok, I was trying to have fun with this one, but the sad truth is that I'm really bad at photoshop!
Here is the rest, just normal photos without messing up!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Score!

I got hold of one of my Grail Garage Kits!

If you've been long enough into this hobby you'll know that a Grail kit is essentially a kit you'd do (almost) anything for. One of mine is this Rei:



Which comes from this artwork:


It's no mystery, Evangelion is one of my fav anime but for sure I can't collect all the models available. But this one, although quite old (it dates back to 1998 I think) has always been my most wanted Rei.

And thanks to smoon, a friend from e2046 forum, I finally have it!

It cost quite a lot, but I think it was totally worth it! It's a huge figure, I actually don't know where I'm going to display it. And the cast is excellent! Just the face details are incredible. Too bad the hair is cast as one piece with the rest of the head though.



Now the hunts goes on for my other Grails, the FMP girls!

Why didn't new comments from Dec/Jan appear before?

Simply because I didn't receive the email notification.
And why didn't I receive it? Well, because I didn't update my new email addy into the notification section, but only into the general one. And to think that I thought nobody watched my cra...ehm, my entries anymore!

Gomenne! _(_ _)_

Asuka & Rei Angel WIP - part II

Mgrrrr! Rei is a nightmare! Let's say that, except for the resin which is nice and soft, the cast quality is only a little better than a Thai recast!
Too bad because this would be such an easy model!

Some of the seamlines are in places very hard to reach. Also, since this is a nude, and any connection line will be very visible, I decided to

1)paint
2)do some putty work on the joints
3)paint over the putty
But the parts fit is terrible, especially at her legs!


It's nothing I can't handle, but it's still rather annoying because I planned on finishing this one in a couple of days, just like Asuka.
Well, at least I already painted face and hair and I quite like the end result!
Pics will follow because I don't have any atm!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Finally a base for my Angel Asuka! And for Rei too!

Now that I have also the matching Rei, I finally came up with an idea to display them both. Rei comes with a pillar of her own, but Asuka didn't, and my idea of making a sort of marble garden bench just never became true. But Rei's own pillar gave me this idea:

I got this display from a shop that sells aquarium material and I think it suits the girls nicely. Asuka doesn't sit properly unfortunately, since I tried to display her in a manner where her face isn't completely hidden. So she sits on the very edge, fine: what does she have wings for? ^_^ On the opposite, Rei's fit on the new pillar is perfect (she's missing her wings atm because I haven't pinned them yet!).
The nice thing about this is that I can use my spare pillar for a second Asuka, which will be a gift for a friend. For this one though, I have to repaint part of her back and buttocks; I also made in putty some of her small hair locks, so those will have to be repainted again. Rei needs some putty on her buttocks too, because the original pose has changed slightly and so I have to make them, ehm, rounder. I also need to close the original holes meant for pinning, since I drilled a new one (actually, 2, but I only used one so I have to close that too).
Now, the dilemma: should I finish the Asuka Santa first, or these 2? Typical me: I can never finish a project before starting a new one! Poor Morte and the FMP girls are patiently waiting too!

Friday, January 11, 2008

First post in 2008: greetings and news about another Wip!


I realized I didn't even wish you all a happy New Year... shame on me! Hope I'm still in time, after all we haven't even passed the middle of January... gomennasai! ^^'

Well, the year started with a very pleasant news, at least for me: I've joined the team of moderators on E2046 forum and I sure hope I'll be able to do as good a job as they've done so far.

You don't know the place yet? I don't believe it!

Ok then, click on the banners if you wanna visit there, but remember, you have to register to have access to the forum!
E2046 Community


E2046 - The GK e-Shop


Now, talking about E2046, I'm posting there a Wip regarding Asuka Santa. The Wip is actually about the base as I'm trying to make a very small snowy vignette. If you care to have a look here is the link:

http://forum.e2046.com/viewtopic.php?t=22268


And here is a sneak peak:



I might post the whole Wip here sooner or later, but for now if you wanna see the rest it's there! ^^ Right now I'm too sick with the flu to go ahead but in a couple of days I might finish it. As for Asuka, she's 90% done, but what's left to do is the worst, being it a very low quality Thai recast. (I've stopped buying them long since, but I still want to finish this one)
Ja ne! ^^