As the cold weather sets in, we have been getting back into model making. Our latest creation is the fourteen-eyed baby Ohm from the legendary anime Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
1) The kit comes with coloured plastic sprues of one Ohm, Nausicaa, and Teto.
2) Here is the constructed model before painting. The Ohm’s eyes come in clear plastic, you can choose to paint it blue (when its calm) or red (when its angry). You could also add LEDs instead of painting, but we are not going so high-tech here – angry it will be!
3) In the film, Nausicaa came to the rescue of the baby Ohm when it was wounded and captured. We drilled into the Ohm shell and glued on harpoons to recreate this scene.
4) Contrary to the guide we painted the Ohm grey. In the film the rescue happened in the dark, so the Ohm never looked green to us.
5) Here is the completed Ohm with the eyes glued on.
6) Metallic blue paint was mixed with simulated water to model the Ohm’s injuries.
Our latest completed model is the Greek Hoplite – a common citizen-soldiers that can quickly take up arms to go to war. They are typically armed with a spear, shield, and sword.
1) Included in the kit are the sprues for the 1:16 figure, armour, weapons, decals and a base.
2) Here is the partially assembled model ready for priming.
3) The skirt was shaded with three colours, here is the finished outcome that we are particularly proud of.
4) This model came with some decals for the shield, but some details on the artwork are missing. For example the edge of the shield had to be drawn on and painted by hand.
5) Once all the parts were painted, they were varnished with a wash. Various shades were applied, for example, a flesh tone was applied to the skin and a purple/blue tone to the armour.
6) Another detail that was not included were the ropes inside the shield, lining the spear, and attached to the sword. To make the rope, we plaited together three threads (to add thickness) and glued onto the various parts using superglue.
7) Finally, we stuck the figure on to the base and added vegetation.
Available at Space Craft from today are two new fractions from Monsterpocalpse. Fighting for the Protectors are Shadow Sun Syndicate – the mysterious, scientifically engineered ninjas.
Joining the Destroyers force are the Lords of Cthul – dark beings here to enslave the human race. Here are our painted figures:
Also new this week are six new buildings to spice up your game. Each building comes with their own stat card. Upon destruction, they can benefit or harm your monster depending on your agenda (whether you are a Protector or Destroyer).
In a dystopia where extraterrestrial beings have zeroed in to destroy and plunder Earth of its vast resources, a group of protectors (made up of giant robots, scientifically engineered ninjas, and Terrasaurs coming out of extinction) are stepping in to save mankind from brutal annihilation.
You have a choice of two starter sets: Destroyers or Protectors. Each set consists of:
6 Apartment Buildings
In the Protectors starter set you will find the Monster and Units from the G.U.A.R.D. fraction:
1 Repair Truck
In the Destroyers starter set you will find the Monster and Units from the Planet Eater fraction:
Now you’ve got to ask yourself; are you a Protector or a Destroyer?
Recently we worked on the Five-Story Pagoda from Microace. We don’t sell any Microace kits in the shop (sorry to disappoint), but it so nice that we had to show it off here.
This 1/250 kit consists of all you need to make your own mini Japanese garden. It comes with plastic sprues for the garden structures and seeds to grow the plants in the garden. In our built we decided against planting the seeds because keeping things alive, in general, isn’t one of our forte.
1) Included in the kit are: a base to hold the scenery, a pagoda, a bridge, the entrance and surrounding walls, and seeds.
2) We completed the main model as per the instructions. Instead of planting seeds in the area under bridge we decided to model a river.
3) To start off, we covered the river base with texture paint.
4) Next, we painted over the texture paint to create a realistic riverbed.
5) The riverbed was sealed with a layer of varnish then rocks and grass were added to the riverbank.
6) An even layer of Javis Simulated Water was poured onto the base and left to dry.
The A350 is the first Airbus airliner with wings and fuselage made primarily from carbon fibre. Compared with traditional materials, carbon fibre is lighter and more robust. Thereby reduces fuel consumption and the cost of maintenance. Furthering fuel efficiency is the adaptive wing design. In mimicking the movement of birds, the wings can change shape whilst in flight to achieve maximum aerodynamic efficiency.
1) Included in this kit are:
2) The plastic components were pieced together to ensure everything fits. Test fitting the parts helps to work out which parts need painting and which are going to be covered up. This ensures that paints are not wasted and joints won’t be clot by layers of unnecessary paint.
4) Once the fuselage was glued together, the model was primed. Revell Color Stop was applied to mask out the windows before the primer was sprayed on. This is a white gel that turns clear when dried. After priming, the gel was peeled off.
5) Decals were added to the model before a layer of varnish was applied to protect the paint and blend in the decals.
In our latest project, we tried out an ‘easy-click system’ model by Revell. This box set contains everything you need to build a glow in the dark Ghost Ship.
1) Included in the kit are coloured plastic sprues, stickers, paint brush, and a bottle of glow in the dark solution.
2) This is a snap kit, which means the parts are simply pushed together and no glue is required.
3) This is what the complete model looks like:
4) The glow in the dark solution could be painted directly on the coloured plastic, but we decided to add some colour to the ship.
5) The model was covered with several layers of the glow in the dark solution. The solution is a bit thick like PVA glue, you will need to thin it with water and blotted onto the model. Once it is dried you can’t see it.
5) If you are wondering what it looks like in the dark, we are saddened to report that we have tried but failed to get a good photo. The solution gives off very little light, which our camera was unable to capture: