Oh hey, I took pictures this week.
Paint continues on the Tau. I've chromed the optics as a precursor to a translucent blue. I've always found a good chrome silver makes clears pop. Muzzles and other 'hot' parts of weapons have received a coat of Vallejo gunmetal. It is much brighter than I expected, but it'll do.
Sunday found me and my friend at the local Gundam club's 'build day.' Nice events. I get to chat with others, mostly around my age, who model. These aren't the hardcases that come with wargaming, either. Sociable nerdy types, y'know? I decided to challenge myself, and built this simple kit;
Yes, I've wrapped my X-Acto in masking tape. This dude is a '30 Minute Mission' Portanova. Same scale as the Bandai High Grade line, along with the Real Grade and various 'No Grade' kits. Not a Gundam per se, though. These are simple, easily customizable kits meant to be built quickly - sort of a beginner-friendly kit that manages not to insult the modeler. Locally, there has been semi-comic griping that no-one has been close to a 30-minute build time. So I took a try at the 'challenge.'
I managed 37 minutes and 25 seconds. Seems to be the local record, and that was bad policies all-day. No trimming or cleaning unless needed for fit. Just a pair of Xuron flush-cutters in middling shape. Also found out the Portanova accepts Bandai's other customizing line directly. This was just a...lark? I had fun. Kit was only $12, too. I can't complain at that price.
Here's a Build Divers add-on attached;
We'll see how little significant paint is added by next week!