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M1 Ultra Monster Bemlar Custom   Leave a comment

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Bemlar has the dubious distinction of being the first Ultra Monster to face an Ultraman, way back in 1966.  It’s a solid design that still holds up, and M1′s sculpt is a great representation, capturing Bemlar’s weird upright stance with just the right amount of stylization.  The toy is covered with terrific textures that made painting this guy a blast.  I painted Bemlar at the last Monster Kolor paint class, where I had access to the full host of MK goodies.  I had just come back from seeing Godzilla 2014 the night before, which is incredible and everyone should see.  I was really smitten by how hard it was to figure out what color Goji was in that film, so I wanted to try something like that for myself.  I used a lot of strong directional sprays, a couple of metallic colors, clear colors, and some final pearl work to make Bemlar look a different color from pretty much every direction.  I tried to capture that in the photos by taking shots from different angles.  He’s blue in some, green in others, with yellow and copper hues showing up as well.  Painted on flesh vinyl visible on the arms.

It was fun to flex all my airbrushing muscles after having done nothing but real type weathered robot figures for so long.  Think I’ll have to find time for a few more bright and shiny toys in the future…

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Monster Kolor Painting Class ‘Water Emergence’ TriPus   Leave a comment

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On Saturday, June 22 I took a trek out to the brand new Monster Kolor shop in Middleboro, Mass for one heck of a good time.  I attended the ‘Paint your own TriPus’ event, hosted by Monster Kolor with blank TriPus figures supplied by Max Toy Co.  The attendees ranged in skill from the talented and always fun Todd Robertson and Will Long to people who had never used an airbrush before.  The weather was perfect for a bunch of toy heads to hang out in a back alley and shoot paint.  Benny Kline of Tenacious Toys was nice enough to photograph the whole even and post a huge gallery of photos from the day.

I spent the drive to Massachusetts planning the paint job for my TriPus.  I wanted to something with deep blue tones and a fade on the bottom to give the appearance of a monster emerging from the ocean, all realistically colored and detailed up top.  Walker had a few special paints and surprises out for people to try, so I was able to stick to my plan while trying out a few sharp new colors.  Click through for nice big, tasty photos of some shiny green TriPus action!  The whole figure was painted on Saturday with whatever tools and colors were on hand, and served as a great warm up refresher piece while I work on unpacking my studio into my new apartment.

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General Products 1/8 The Powered Suit (Starship Troopers) Soft Vinyl Kit Big Photos   Leave a comment

 

I recently finished this vintage Japanese soft vinyl garage kit of the Studio Nue version of the power suit from Starship Troopers.  The Powered Suit is an iconic mecha design in Japan, and you should read my review of the kit over at CollectionDX for more info and some history.

 

If you just want big pictures of a chunky mecha kit painted up, continue reading…

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General Products ‘The Powered Suit’ Starship Troopers Suit Teaser   Leave a comment

 

I will have a review and full write-up of this sweet vintage kit on CollectionDX hopefully soon, but I literally just finished the kit tonight and wanted to get some quick shots posted.  Proper studio shots to follow.

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B-Club 1:/75 MS-06FZ Zaku FZ Soft Vinyl Kit Desert Use   Leave a comment

B-Club is the specialty item arm of Bandai.  B-Club makes PVC character figures, model detail parts, soft vinyl toys and kits, and more.  They’ve released numerous reissue Bullmark kaiju vinyl toys, but have also released soft vinyl model kits over the years.  At some point, B-Club released a line of 1/75 scale kits of mecha from Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket.  I don’t really care for the miniseries, but I like the machines in it quite a bit.  When I learned about the line, I knew I needed to start tracking them down.  Soft vinyl robot kits are a strange breed, but I love them.  I wrote  along, indulgent thoughtpiece about vinyl robot kit in a review over on CollectionDX.  Go there to read lots of words, and scroll down for more and bigger pictures of the finished Zaku.

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Grody Shogun Camo Monster   Leave a comment

This guy was  a commissioned I finished up a few weeks back.  The customer sent me a swatch of camo in the style he wanted, and I think I did a pretty good job of matching it.  We settled on a flat finish and very technical ‘tight’ camo rather than the loosey-goosey airbrushed camo some other kaiju guys have coined.

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Marusan Ganime   Leave a comment

I picked up a pair of blank grey-green Marusan Ganimes from GrumbleToy a while back for my brother and myself.  Ganime is the crab monster from the classic Space Amoeba film.  I wanted to do something funky to get back in the airbrushing groove, so I painted the pair with blue shells like lobsters and crayfish sometimes have.

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PRS ‘Clover’ Style Gundam at Winter Wonderfest   Leave a comment

When I posted the finished shots of my Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam painted with Monster Kolor, Matt Walker aka Dead Pre$idents asked me if he could display it at the booth he was sharing with Max Toy Co at Winter Wonder Festival in Japan.  Monster Kolor paint has been a huge success for Matt, and he is always looking for demonstrations of its use in new and creative ways.  My MK on plastic Gundam model fit the bill, and was shipped off to Japan for display at the show.  These pics of the booth come courtesy of Kaiju Korner Andy, who has been providing the best English-language coverage of Japanese shows and festivals out there for a couple of years now.  Go check out the rest of his extensive WonderFest coverage here.  He took a gazillion photos, and there’s more still to be posted.

Here’s a shot of the whole Max Toy Co and Friends booth!  My Gundam was in good company.  I think it’s giving Max Toy Co’s new micro Kaiju Negora sculpt a bit of a shakedown!

Chilled Garamon for Gamaniacal at FOE   1 comment

FOE Gallery is hosting an awesome themed show in February.  Mike Nordstrom is undoubtedly the world’s leading Garamon expert and aficionado, and has curated a show that is going to knock socks off.  I was thrilled to get asked to participate alongside guys like Mark Nagata, Bob Conge, and Koji Harmon.  I went for a realistic finish rather than Monster Kolor craziness, going full ‘model kit’ style on this super detailed sculpt.  Show opens February 10th in Northampton!

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Sticky: Restore Debris Japan Contest Winners!   Leave a comment

The winners of Restore’s Debris Japan painting contest have been announced!  You can read the announcement page on Restore’s site, and then go check out the entire entry gallery.

The results are:

First Place: ‘Death Trap’ by Toybot Studios

Second Place: ‘The Spirit Who Restores’ by Plaseebo

Third Place: ‘Gikaku’ by Prometheus Rising Studios

Congratulations to everyone who entered!  The overall level of work submitted was incredible, and it can not have been easy to pick any standouts.  I am thrilled to be recognized among among such top-tier work.  Big thanks to Restore for sculpting such an impressive figure, and for running this contest.

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