The Dragon Ronin Astray WIP


I was planning to enter my Impaler X DevilWings (Sinanju) for the BAKUC, but having noticed (as DonC has) the numerous Sinanjus being built ultimately for the BAKUC, I had a hard time deciding which kit to enter.

Recently, I snapped-built my G05 and my Turn A before that (as a break from the Queen build), and felt I could probably do some major improvements and enhancements, but then realized I like them now as they are and didn't really get any new ideas.

Simply said, I was stuck. With the Queen's pending completion (though I consider this my most ambitious build with all the modifications, I'd rather enter the Queen in another contest), I started working on the 1/60 Clear Astray Bust, and that got me to dig out my built PG RF Astray (I was one of the first few here in Manila to own one, and built it almost as soon as I got it, but boxed it as soon as I was able to take some shots).

Anyways, it dawned on me; maybe I should work on this feller...

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After shooting these photos, the darned thing fell from the table and pieces scattered all over. I expected the worse, but luckily, the only thing that broke was the small notch below one of the "ears" where the c-neck part connects to. Panicked, I immediately thought "hey, no worries, I have a pair of extra clear parts, and use those instead," but, the adventurous repairman in me countered "hey, numbskull, you repaired the Big Red's and Queen's pegs, the Big Red's elbow joint, the Impaler's Ankle joint and those other things you manage to break, and you're wimping out on that teeny-weenie notch?"

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Sufficed to say I gave in to my more adventurous self, snipped small pieces of 1.0mm styrene, sniffed some cement in the process and snapped the little buggers in place (actually, I cut a small notch near the base of the broken part and inserted on of the plates there for a stronger bond. I also slapped a small piece of 0.4 styrene to reinforce the top).

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Preliminary sketches (to showcase my sketching prowess):

This is the original look, with the V-fin slightly redesigned. Might still change it later on.
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  Began making plugs/adapters for the replacement armor.

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Used 2mm beams to build the frame prototype for part of the arm armor.

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I'll be using some of the clear armor parts as base molds for the modifications.

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Front oblique view of the foream.

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Used thick bristol board to make templates for the groin armor and temporarily secured the individual pieces with blutac.

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The overall design is still evolving, depending on the construction and articulation of the Astray. 



 






Comments

  1. kuya, galing mo! idol kita!
    pag tapos na po ang 00 qan(t) mo at ito, pls inform me.
    i wanna see these works of art!

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  2. Thanks. Just visit the blog regularly...

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  3. dude, how do you make those scale on the head decoration!!!!????

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  4. Layered paint, using mesh to "mask" the red.

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  5. wow, now that's what i called masking mastery
    got to try that soon!
    thx for the idea bro!

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  6. Wow, very nice modification.
    Never seen it like this before...
    do u have FB?

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