Tuesday, August 31, 2010

BB Senshi Sangokuden Shusou Doven Wolf Part 2

Almost all the paint job needed

Starting on painting some parts of my BB Senshi Sangokuden Shusou Doven Wolf.

I don't have the right green color for certain parts of the model like the feet and helmet, so I'll skip those and use the foil stickers instead, but all other parts that use basic colors are painted.

Red Gundam Marker for the weapon, and a little bit of gold on the line pattern of the weapon mount rack - purely optional selection.

Gold for the shoulder shield is from Gundam Marker Gold.

Spikes and horn of the helmet is painted using a normal marker.

Golden curvy ornaments on both sides of the head gear are painted with just a gold pen.
It's filling in the "sunken" spots with gold paint to be exact.

Painted the last name of Shusou Doven Wolf on his forehead using Gundam Marker Gold, following the paint scheme from the box actually.

Some spots on the body are painted in gold as well so that it won't be in plain black.

As always, the body armors are always the parts with the most painting to be done. ^^;
Panel-lining first to define the border.

First color to go in is gold.

Second color is red.
The dragon on the the front skirt armor is surprisingly easy to paint, maybe because it's molded to be elevated on the armor.

"Rough" first layer of painting. The weapons still require more painting - gold and silver. The body armors and the other parts need clean-up and repanel-lining, but so far, these are almost all the parts that need to be painted. Quite fast work this time it seems. ^^

BB Senshi Sangokuden Shusou Doven Wolf Part 1

The awkward green guy in Ryubi Gundam's camp

It's been quite a while since I last built a BB Senshi Sangokuden kit. It's time to start on a new one then. The one I picked is Shusou Doven Wolf.

As we are getting the TV anime "Shin" series right now, it's perhaps important for me to indicate that this is the first manga version.

Shusou Doven Wolf as depicted in the manga is a former bandit who becomes Kan-U Gundam and Kanpei Gundam's companion when the three of them are imprisoned by Sousou Gundam. Like Kan-U Gundam and Kanpei Gundam, Shusou Doven Wolf wields a giant pole weapon, a triple combined ax called Sanzoukeki (三爪戟), which is constructed by him from a rack of weapons found on the way when the three try to escape from the prison. That depicts him as a warrior with abnormal strength.

The demon armor on his left shoulder and the dragon motif on his front skirt armor are clear design points of his affiliation with Kan-U Gundam, but he's still quite an awkward member of Ryubi Gundam's team, as he's the only mono-eye warrior in the camp, not to mention the only non-Gundam one as well. ^^

Anyway, a mono-eye unit with spikes and wields a giant ax is an instant get for me. ^^


The special premium as indicated on the box is this souvenir pin.

All runners, foil stickers and polycap.

Unused parts that are from one of Ryubi Gundam's runners, molded in black.

All parts for this kit.

As usual, parts are stored in separate paper boxes to differentiate between the components.
On second thought, that might not be necessary at all. ^^;

Straight assembly just to have a look. ^^

Quite a lot of details require painting and panel-lining to be revealed. ^^;

One of the runners for this kit, the black one with parts for the back of the head, body and legs are actually from Ryubi Gundam. Funnily enough, this feature is shared by another close member, Kanpei Gundam, for he has the same reused runner, only in white.

When Kanpei Gundam was released and I saw the content, I was thinking how convenience it was for Bandai to reuse Ryubi Gundam's runner on such an unrelated character (Gundam RX-78-2 vs S Gundam), but when Shusou Doven Wolf was released and the runners revealed, I couldn't stop but to imagine that there might be some hidden humor when the designer was coming up with the plamo kit for the two characters. Similar color scheme, giant golden shoulder armor, giant weapon, and then similarity in Gunpla parts. That's most certainly a strange bond between Kanpei Gundam and Shusou Doven Wolf for being the subordinates of Kan-U Gundam. ^^

Monday, August 30, 2010

MSIA vs Robot Damashii [Side MS] Exia Part 3 [Final]

Double GN Sword!

Last part of the entire review on MSIA and Robot Damashii [Side MS] Gundam Exia.

Double GN Sword! And another kind of Twin Drive system XD

Instead of finding who is better from the comparison between the two versions, I'm more into the points of interestingness in both of them. I ordered the MSIA version long after I pre-ordered the Robot Damashii version, so I'm quite clear that it's no match for a direct comparison, but still, it's not too bad of an action figure itself. So, it's not like a total loss or something.

As a matter of fact, that's pretty much how I feel for the Gunpla version as well. There are plenty of versions for a single MS - PG, MG, 1/100, HG and BB Senshi, and each version has its own points of interestingness. Some may be easy to build, but lack details; some may come with extra details and gimmicks, but requires painting; some may be extremely articulated, but has more parts and is pricey. When I'm making my choices, I never bother to find the "perfect" one - the one kit that has the best features in all aspects, I simply get the one I like the most.

When a certain new MS is announced, many people upon seeing and liking it, would ask for Bandai to come up with the MG version of it. When the HG 1/144 series of the MS is announced, the same people would choose to wait on for the day when the possible MG is announced. When the wait becomes longer, they lash out at the company for not listening to them; but when they do get the MG, they complain about certain weaknesses it has and declare it to be a failure. That's one trend that never cease to amuse me. MG Gundam Exia, Victory Gundam Ver. Ka, GN-X and Gundam Deathscythe EW, all of them features the same soap opera-type of story from the fans. How did the loop started anyway?

By the way, I just realized that with the end of the reviews on MSIA and Robot Damashii [Side MS] Gundam Exia, the rest of my Gundam Exia collection are all plamo kits. ^^ Plenty of assembly-type Gundam Exia after this then. ^^

All reviews on MSIA Gundam Exia:
Part 1: Remnant of an old series
Part 2: A mix of good and bad
Part 3: Vintage awesomeness
Part 4: Some superior points
Part 5: Weapons for safety
Part 6: Wait, what's the scale again?

All reviews on Robot Damashii [Side MS] Gundam Exia:
Part 1: Simple design
Part 2: Sharper, harder
Part 3: Somebody just pressed the remote control or what
Part 4: An unexpected flaw?
Part 5: Sturdy joints win
Part 6: Quite a show off

Part 1: Since they are non-scale anyway
Part 2: Not a total loss for MSIA
Part 3 [Final]: Double GN Sword!

View full gallery:

MSIA Gundam Exia
Robot Damashii [Side MS] Gundam Exia
(include images of comparison between the 2 figures).