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Works in Progress / Let's Make Petit'gguys Dangerous!
« on: June 04, 2017, 04:55:34 AM »
Or at least that's the idea here, lol. Got two of these from the last monthly membership box from USA Gundam Store (definitely a lackluster month...) due to a packing mistake, which they graciously fixed. Anyway, when you have lemons, gotta make some lemonade, I suppose.

Anyway, finally found a use for some of the 2016 Summer Customize Campaign parts, combined with some Milliput in the case of the backpack with the big cannons. Not entirely sure what the color scheme is gonna be for these guys yet, but I do plan on painting them soonish.












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Entries & WIPs / MG GM Quel
« on: April 20, 2017, 02:29:14 AM »
Did a Zaku for the last contest I entered, and I'm really wanting to work on another MG after recently building the Zeta 2.0, and I found this today at my semi-local hobby shop, so here we go, MG GM Quel!




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Showcase / Zaku Firebat
« on: April 12, 2017, 05:31:21 PM »
Greetings, all!  Figured I'd share this around now that the contest is all said and done.  This is my entry for ZakuAurelius's custom Zaku contest.  This is only my third fully painted build since I started back into the hobby last year, and was was almost entirely hand-painted, minus the gloss and matte coats I finished up with, which were rattle cans.  Learned quite a bit from this build, especially about the paints. Tamiya acrylics are definitely not my favorite type to hand paint, to say the least.  All things considered, the Firebat (inspired by the unit from Starcraft) turned out well; I'm especially proud of its big weapon.

The unit's backstory places it in the Build Fighters universe.

Backstory:
The Laredo Massacre and the Dodgers Amendment

As seen on the plaques at preserved battle display at the Laredo Convention Center:

“During the First Annual Laredo Open Tournament, which used Version 1 of the Battle System operating system, a serious flaw in the system was discovered in a most dramatic way. Mr. Dodgers, a native of Texas who had promised his young daughter that he would win the tournament no matter what, either stumbled into the system flaw by accident or had acquired some inside knowledge of the system’s workings. Regardless of how this knowledge was gained, it was used to devastating effect during the Grand Melee qualifier.

The Zaku Firebat, as it was named, came equipped with a standard MMP-80/90mm machine gun and several integrated missile pods, those on the shoulder shield and shoulders armed with HEAT warheads, and those on the hips armed with armor-piercing burst rounds designed to explode once they penetrate an enemy’s outer armor to cause massive internal damage. The gunpla itself featured several metal parts, including enhanced armor plating and reinforced internal frame parts, making it rather heavy, even without its unique weapons. The addition of a GN particle storage tank mounted to the back skirt between the legs meant it could also create a limited use GN Shield, though this feature was never used.

The most interesting features of the Zaku Firebat’s armaments were its two flamethrower weapons. The smaller, arm-mounted flame unit, protected by a reinforced shield, was fed by two aluminum tanks mounted onto the unit’s backpack, and produced a highly compacted ball of fire that could project out to medium-long range. The much heavier handheld giant flamethrower was fed by a trio of aluminum fuel tanks mounted directly to the weapon, and could cover a very wide area with high-intensity flames, melting plastic in moments. There is still uncertainty as to exactly what was used to fuel these units, but it is thought to have been a binary agent that ignited upon contact with air.

As Mr. Dodgers reportedly said, using such weapons was simply “the best way to win the battle...and it wasn’t in the rules that I couldn’t do it. Gunpla is freedom, right?”

As seen on the recording playing on the screen to your right, the battle was short and terrifying. Though slow and not very maneuverable, the heavy armor of the Zaku Firebat protected it from most attacks, very few even marring the paint (which had been mixed with a flame and heat retardant agent), and once it's flamethrowers began spewing their chemicals, gunpla across the small battlefield began melting and burning. The first version of the Battle System OS could not detect the use of real flammable chemicals, only reading the simulated fire that it created for the battle. Thankfully it only took a couple of minutes for the system to be shut down and safety personnel to extinguish the flames.

What remained lies before you, the event now known as the “Laredo Massacre.” Nearly thirty gunpla lie in scorched and melted piles upon the scorched (but otherwise unharmed) Battle System pods, the last victim a lone GM Command Space type that was frozen in place as it tried to crawl away, its legs melted and trailing behind as the Zaku Firebat looms over it.

It was this event that led to the “Dodgers Amendment” to the official Gunpla Battle rules and regulations, which prohibits the use of flammable chemicals used as weapons and ammunition, as well as the use of actual functioning weapons, however small they may be. The Battle System OS has since been updated to prevent such an event from occurring again, and can also detect weapons and systems like those used on the Zaku Firebat.”



























And of course, some closeups of the flamethrower:







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