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

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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

Gundam Club Custom Competition WIP 3 – The Finale

Hi all,

The day has come, entry day for my Gundam Club’s Custom Competition. I was up a bit late to get the last few bits done last night.

I named my custom High Grade 1/144 Spartan Hi- Mock GB. My inspiration for my custom was…

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I dropped him off earlier for entry, so before i drag things on any more. Heres my custom Hi- Mock…

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all of the lads did some great work on their customs. We had the future of law and order Hi- Mock Robo- Cop…

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Commander Hi- Mock Shepard dropped by from the Citidel to say ‘hello’…

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A Hi- Mock- ataur raced in to show us what he got during Black Friday…

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Mack + Muin of The Wreckers took a break from laying waste to Decipti- creeps to say ‘hi’…

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Unfortunately I had to leave before the deadline submission so i dont know if anybody else submitted another Hi- Mock.

Everybody worked hard on their submissions and fun was had by all.

– from The Man Cave

Gundam Club Custom Competition

As i mentioned in a previous post my Gundam Club is running a Gundam custom competition at the moment with a deadline of November 28th.  The model to be used is the 1/144 High Grade Build Fighters Hi- Mock.

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For the competition the Hi- Mock’s were supplied by Dublin City Comics.
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The rules of the competion are easy enough. Firstly, all the parts of the actual Gundam must be used. Secondly, you can add whatever parts you wish to the Gundam.

In the actual Hi- Mock box you get…

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The instruction sheet and a small bag of sprues.

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You get 2 sprues in the bag (a sort of military green and one of a grey shade), a sprue of polycaps and a very small sheet of stickers.

At the risk of giving away my idea for my custom to others in my group, i’m going to share it with yourselves. The idea i had was…

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…Spartan Hi- Mock GB.

As per the rules i’ll be using all of the Gundam. I’ll be using the Hi- Mock’s head as its shield (a little small but it’ll do). I have a spare head from another kit that after a little trimming and green stuff will look like a Spartan helmet with plume. I’ll be using green stuff for making the clasp for his cloak and some red crepe paper for the cloak. So far the biggest issue will be painting him in skin tones. For his spear i’m left with a hard choice. I can try and make one from scratch or kit bash one from another kit i have (although it would mean using up a certain weapon from certain other kit).

I’ve base coated the Gundam yesterday and plan to work on him over the next few days, so when i have more work done on him i’ll have an update for you all.

Hopefully i can do a half decent job.

– from The Man Cave

Pimping my Gundam

Last month I was introduced to the world of Gunpla. I got my self a high grade kit, the Powered GM Cardigan. I picked this kit based purely on how armoured he looked and by how many weapons he had. Unfortunately I’m not a fan of the colour yellow so I began a repaint. From the moment I saw him he kind of reminded me of someone…

– from The Man Cave