I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Astaroth)


I got a new Gundam, High Grade, 1/144 scale, Iron Blooded Orphans Astaroth.
As usual I got this kit from the most excellent folks over at Dublin City Comics and Collectibles.

When I first saw Astaroth I knew I wanted him. I very much like his design. Although Astaroth is part of the Iron Blooded Orphans (IBO) product line, he’s actually not part of the IBO main story line in the TV show. Instead he was the main Gundam suit from a manga side story.
In the side story, the family that owned Astaroth hit hard times and were basically selling off his parts (and replacing them with cheap parts from other Mobile Suits) in order to make ends meet. This is what gives Astaroth his asymmetrical look. Anyways I digress.
Inside the box, you get…


2 bags of multi coloured sprues, the assembly instructions, and a bit of promotional flyers.
Inside the bag of sprues, you get…


… A small sticker sheet, 7 sprues, any of you that have built a HG Barbatos, will recognise the inner frame parts, and then some blue, red, and White sprues for his armour panelling.

One of the gimmicks on the Astaroth is his giant hand that pegs onto his right arm. It gives him a sort of ‘Hellboy’ ascetic (which I really dig), it has 2 fingers and a thumb that have a limited range of motion. Which can help pulling some poses, and to help hold his main melee weapon. Speaking of which…
When not in use his main weapon, the ‘Demolition Blade’ (I believe that’s what it’s called) is stored on his back.


It has a sort of ‘Buster Sword’ from Final Fantasy 7 vibe to it, which I dig. The blade has a extendable gimmick, where it unfolds. In the extended mode Astaroth’s ‘Hellboy’ hand, and a little fold out handle for his regular hand, aids the gundam wield his gigantic weapon.

Astaroth also comes with a gun and a dagger, to complete his weapons load out (however there is nowhere to store these weapons when not in use).


Visually Astaroth is one of the more unique Gundam’s in the IBO line (due to his odd parts) and has the inner skeleton that we have been spoils with in the IBO line, allowing for some great poses.
“By the power of Grayskull…I…Have…The Power…”

Now I’m not going to lie, Astaroth has a few issues with himself. The first is due to his ‘Hellboy’ hand. It likes to pop off when posing (at least mine does), and it can get in the way with his blue shoulder, so you may not get all the poses you want with him. The second issue I had with him, was with his waist mounted thrusters. They have a habit of getting in the way and can pop off during posing as they are attached too close to the hips and legs. Too me, these issues are a bit minor as I do love this suit.
It’s also worth noting that as the Astaroth shares much of the same inner skeleton as the Barbatos, if you have the Barbatos 6th form, you can perform some parts swapping to give Astaroth a new hair do.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

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I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Io frame Shiden… and then did a Custom)


I got a new Gundam, High Grade, 1/144 scale, Iron Blooded Orphans Io frame Shiden. I’m not usually one for grunt suits but I loved the visuals of this suit, that I had to get one. And then I gave it a custom paint job, but more on that later.
As usual I got this beauty from the excellent folks at Dublin City Comics and Collectables.

The Io frame Shiden, was introduced in season 2 of Iron Blooded Orphans (IBO), as the main grunt suit of everybody’s favourite child soldiers, Tekkadan.
In the box you’ll find…

… An instruction sheet, and 2 bags of sprues. Inside the bags, you’ll find…

… 4 sprues of various greys,and a reddish, ruby colour, and a small sprue of polycap’s.
Building the Io is surprisingly simple and enjoyable (it’s a grunt suit, after all). The Io frame Shiden comes with a surprisingly large set of accessories compared to other IBO kits. He comes with a small forearm attachable gauntlet shield, a telescopic melee weapon that looks like a cricket bat, a rifle (I don’t think I’ve mentioned before how much I love the fact that IBO has no lazer guns), and the best accessory of all… A Big Asss Balistic shield.
The only negative I have about this kit, is that I would suggest using a dap of glue on his feet as they have a tendency to split apart.

Once all built, the Io does look a bit of a Badass, as he comes with a big ass ballistic shield, as part of his accessories (have I mentioned the shield already?). As a straight build, he does look capable…

… But he did remind me of another robotic character. One called ‘Chappie’, so I gave him a custom paint job.
Introducing Io Chappie Shiden…


… I don’t think he turned out half bad, although I think I messed up the ‘bullet holes’ by drilling all the way thru but I’m happy enough.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Gundam Custom Competition – Petit’GGuy 


My Gundam Club is running a new custom competition. This time round, we’ll be using the High Grade, 1/144 scale, Petit’GGuy as the base kit.
I have a few ideas for my custom but I’m not sure if which one I’ll go with. Some will need a bit of a kit bash, and others will just need a paint job.
Some of the ideas I have are:

Deadpool


Attack on Titan


Hello Kitty


Batman Beyond


So, what do you guys & girls reckon? Any ideas yourselves?
Until next Time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam… (HG Petit’GGuy)

I got a new Gundam… High Grade Petit’GGuy. Actually, I got 3 of this particular kit (although in different colours).

I got them from the great lads at Dublin City Comics and Collectables.

So a bit of a backstory about these kits. Every time I’ve sat down to work on one of my Gundam kits, my children wanted to ‘help’ me. I’ld end up in the bad books with the other half and kids for not letting them (cause their Daddy’s toys). 

So this time round I thought i’ld get them their own… And also to annoy the misses.

Inside the box you’ll find…

A small bag of sprues and a small instruction sheet. Once opened up,  in the bag you’ll find…

…Three little sprues, a very small sprue of polycap’s, and a very small sticker sheet.

My girls really enjoyed putting together their Petit’GGuy’s. 

And with a little parental supervision, they put them together in no time at all.

I have to say, Petit’GGuy is a pretty cute and simple little kit. My daughters really enjoyed building their kits, and I would recommend this kit to anyone wanting to build a Gundam with their children.

The Petit’GGuy comes in a number of different colours, they can also come with musical instruments such as drums and guitars. They also come in different guises such as pandas, cats and even an angel.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Options Set 3)

I got a new Gundam… Well a new Option Set (Option Set 3) for my Iron Blooded Orphans Gundams, to be exact.
As usual I got this kit from the awesome guys at Dublin City Comics and Collectables.


Inside the box you’ll find a small bag of sprue and a 1 page, double sided instruction sheet.


Once opened up you’ll find 2 small sprues and a small sticker sheet.

Just like the previous 2 ‘Option Sets’, this option set is geared towards particular Gundams from the IBO line, namely the Gusion, the Gusion Rebake, and the Man Rodi. Don’t let that put you off tho, this set offers up new melee weapons that can be used with any of the IBO Gundams, and has a new ‘Mobile Worker’ (a Gjallahorn one) to add to your collection… Gotta Catch them all.

An amazing bit of plastic engineering in this kit is the chain option that’s included in the kit. Although attached to the sprue, once cut away, the chain has a full range of motion, due to all the individual links that comprise the chain. It’s mind boggling, and total amazballs that they were able to do this.

Once all assembled we have a collection of axes to play with, from a meat cleaver type, to a short axe (this can be made longer by exchanging the shaft with another part), to a halberd type that has a ball and chain on the end.

The new ‘Mobile Worker’ you get as part of the kit is pretty cool. Unfortunately my pic doesn’t pick it up.

All in all ‘Option Kit 3’ is a nice edition to your IBO collection, personally the extendable axe is my favourite weapon in the kit. 

Included with the kit, is an adaptor piece that you can plug into the back of the Gusion Rebake’s shield, so you can store an axe.

Here we have my Urban Custom Gusion Rebake’s armed up with the axes from the Option Set.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Gusion)


I got a new Gundam… 1/144 scale, High Grade, Iron Blooded Orphans, Gusion, to be exact.

As usual, I got my Gundam from the excellent lads of Dublin City Comics and Collectables.


In the box, you’ll find 2 bags of plastic sprues and an instruction guide. 


Once opened up and out of the bags, you’ll find a very small sticker sheet, about 5 or 6 sprues in 2 shades of green, grey, and a light purple/ lilac colour.

The Gusion, is a fun and simple build. It has a partial inner frame and its bulk is made up by large plates. Gusion is one of the shortest Gundams in the IBO (Iron Blooded Orphans) range in terms of height but what it lacks in height, it certainly makes up for in bulk. 


For accessories with this kit, we get a machine gun and a big ass Hammer (I think it was called the ‘Meteor Hammer’ in the show).


By folding down a small panel on the Gundams back skirt, and by removing a small panel and adding a connection piece, both weapons can be stored on the Gundam.

I for one have been waiting to get my hands on a Gusion. It’s a neat little Mobile Suit, between its looks, the amour, and surface detail it’s very orginal in the world of Gunpla.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Gundam Custom – Gusion Rebake Urban Camo Style

I recently got a new Gundam model kit…

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It’s the 1/144 Scale High Grade Iron Blooded Orphans Gusion Rebake by Bandai.

It’s a nice kit with good articulation. Incase you didnt know, Gundam High Grade kits aren’t static in their poses. They have joints (that swivel, rotate, and allow swinging) in their body parts of arms, knees, legs, etc which allow them a high level of poseability.

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With the Gusion Rebake although I like the design, I’m not a fan of the kits colour. So I’m going to give it a ‘Custom’ paint job. I have an idea of an Urban Camo pattern for this kit. I’ve never tried a camo pattern before, so it’s going to be a learning experience. I don’t own an airbrush, so I’ll be using my good old paint brush.

For painting the kit I’m going to be using the following materials:

* Citadel Chaos Black Primer
* Citadel Astronomican Grey
* Citadel Adeptus Battlegrey
* Citadel Ironbreaker
* Citadel Dwarf Bronze
* Citadel Nuln Oil
* Games Workshop Ultramarine Blue
* Games Workshop Ice Blue
* Games Workshop Scorpian Green
* Blue Tack

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First of all, after building the kit I have to take it all apart again.

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First up, I prime all of the Gusion Rebake’s armour pieces in Chaos Black.

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Once dry, I apply strips of Blue Tack over the pieces in a sort of stripped pattern. I then paint over the pieces with Astronomican Grey.

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Once dry, I repeat applying pieces of Blue Tack in a stripped pattern, and this time I apply Adeptus Battlegrey. I then allow the paint to dry.

Once dry, I begin to peel off all the Blue Tack.

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As the Rebake has a partial inner frame, I’m going to Dry Brush it with Ironbreaker. If your unfimilar to Dry Brushing, it’s basically where you brush a very fine layer of paint over parts.

Once the Dry Brushing is dry, I use the Dwarf Bronze to paint the tubes on the Rebake’s arms, its thrusters on its shield and the vents on the Rebake’s waist and chest, followed by a Wash of the Nuln Oil on those parts.

The Scorpian Green, Ultramarine Blue and Ice Blue is used on the Rebake’s eyes and the camera lens on its head.

Once all dry, I reassemble the gundam.

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Once all dry, I apply a Dry Brush along the edges and curves of the armour to give it the appearance of wear and tear.

All that’s left is to apply a Top Coat to the model to prevent the paint being accidentally rubbed off.

Not bad for my first time trying an urban camo scheme. A few mistakes were made and a couple of boo boo’s happened (I broke off half his V fin) but all in all I’m happy with the results.

Why not give it a try for yourself and let me know how it went.

– from The Man Cave